Official list - ITALY - 100 Italian films to be saved

by chrisgreseque | created - 13 Oct 2013 | updated - 14 Oct 2013 | Public

(In Italian: 100 film italiani da salvare)

The list was created with the aim to report "100 films that have changed the collective memory of the country between 1942 and 1978". The project was established by the Venice Days ("Giornate degli Autori") at the Venice Film Festival, in collaboration with Cinecittà Holding and with the support of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage. The list was edited by film critic Fabio Ferzetti in collaboration with the director Gianni Amelio and the writers and film critics Gian Piero Brunetta, Giovanni De Luna, Gianluca Farinelli, Giovanna Grignaffini, Paolo Mereghetti, Morando Morandini, Domenico Starnone and Sergio Toffetti.

As of today I have seen 43 of the 100 (43%)

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1. 4 passi fra le nuvole (1942)

88 min | Comedy, Drama

A family man travelling for work, Paolo Bianchi, meets on a train a lonely girl, Maria. He sees her again on a bus and she reveals him that she's in troubles: she's pregnant, her baby's ... See full summary »

Director: Alessandro Blasetti | Stars: Gino Cervi, Adriana Benetti, Giuditta Rissone, Carlo Romano

Votes: 273

Viewed on: 19-oct-2007 (DVD)

2. Ossessione (1943)

TV-14 | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Gino, a drifter, begins an affair with inn-owner Giovanna as they plan to get rid of her older husband.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Clara Calamai, Massimo Girotti, Dhia Cristiani, Elio Marcuzzo

Votes: 5,904

Viewed on: 29-jun-2003 (Cinema) 10-dec-2004 (DVD)

3. Rome, Open City (1945)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Thriller, War

During the Nazi occupation of Rome in 1944, the Resistance leader, Giorgio Manfredi, is chased by the Nazis as he seeks refuge and a way to escape.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, Marcello Pagliero, Vito Annichiarico

Votes: 19,755

Viewed on: 23-feb-1990 (Television) 20-apr-2005 (DVD)

4. Paisan (1946)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, War

The language barrier has tragic consequences in a series of unrelated stories set during the Italian Campaign of WWII.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Carmela Sazio, Joseph Garland Moore Jr., William Tubbs, Robert Van Loon

Votes: 6,098

Viewed on: 15-aug-2005 (DVD)

5. Shoeshine (1946)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

Two shoeshine boys in postwar Rome, Italy, save up to buy a horse, but their involvement as dupes in a burglary lands them in juvenile prison where the experience take a devastating toll on their friendship.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Rinaldo Smordoni, Franco Interlenghi, Annielo Mele, Bruno Ortenzi

Votes: 5,433

Viewed on: 22-apr-2008 (DVD)

6. L'onorevole Angelina (1947)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

A rowdy woman is so forceful that she outdoes her husband in a loud cry against speculators who refuse poor people entrance to a block of new apartments, built after WW2. Without noticing ... See full summary »

Director: Luigi Zampa | Stars: Anna Magnani, Nando Bruno, Ave Ninchi, Ernesto Almirante

Votes: 260

Viewed on: 5-may-2005 (DVD)

7. Bicycle Thieves (1948)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

In post-war Italy, a working-class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Elena Altieri

Votes: 121,658 | Gross: $0.33M

Viewed on: 26-may-2004 (DVD)

8. La Terra Trema (1948)

Not Rated | 160 min | Drama

In rural Sicily, the fishermen live at the mercy of the greedy wholesalers. One family risks everything to buy their own boat and operate independently.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Luchino Visconti, Antonio Pietrangeli, Antonio Arcidiacono, Giuseppe Arcidiacono

Votes: 3,639

Viewed on: 29-dec-2005 (DVD)

9. Bitter Rice (1949)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

Two criminals on the run end up working in a rice field and decide to recruit other workers for their next robbery.

Director: Giuseppe De Santis | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Doris Dowling, Silvana Mangano, Raf Vallone

Votes: 3,055

Viewed on: 31-aug-2003 (DVD)

10. La città dolente (1949)

110 min | Drama

The city of Pola is being evacuated after the peace conference of 1947 decided to assign the sovereignty to Tito's Jugoslavia. However the main character decides to stay, thinking that ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Bonnard | Stars: Luigi Tosi, Barbara Costanova, Gianni Rizzo, Elio Steiner

Votes: 70

11. Cielo sulla palude (1949)

111 min | Biography, Drama

The scene is the Pontine Marshes, a disease-ridden region. The year is 1902. Maria Goretti, a twelve-year-old girl, lives with her parents, poor farm hands, in the house of Serenelli, a ... See full summary »

Director: Augusto Genina | Stars: Rubi D'Alma, Michele Malaspina, Domenico Viglione Borghese, Ines Orsini

Votes: 85

Viewed on: 1-apr-2010 (DVD)

12. Stromboli (1950)

Not Rated | 81 min | Drama

Karin, a young woman from the Baltic countries, marries fisherman Antonio to escape from a prison camp. But she cannot get used to the tough life in Antonio's volcano-threatened village, Stromboli.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Mario Vitale, Renzo Cesana, Mario Sponzo

Votes: 4,884

Viewed on: Date unknown (Television) 22-nov-1993 (Video)

13. Catene (1950)

74 min | Crime, Drama

A husband kills his wife's ex-boyfriend. He flees to America, but is sent back to Italy to stand trial. The only way he can be set free is if his wife confesses to adultery - so the murder can be considered a crime of passion.

Director: Raffaello Matarazzo | Stars: Amedeo Nazzari, Yvonne Sanson, Aldo Nicodemi, Roberto Murolo

Votes: 256

Viewed on: 24-jul-2010 (DVD)

14. The Path of Hope (1950)

105 min | Adventure, Drama

The story of a group of Sicilian miners and their families decide to illegally cross the border to France and their hardships.

Director: Pietro Germi | Stars: Raf Vallone, Elena Varzi, Saro Urzì, Franco Navarra

Votes: 376

15. Domenica d'agosto (1950)

88 min | Comedy, Drama

A variety of different people, both adults, children, families, young lovers and youth gangs, spend a Sunday at the beach of Ostia outside Rome.

Director: Luciano Emmer | Stars: Anna Baldini, Vera Carmi, Emilio Cigoli, Andrea Compagnoni

Votes: 272

Viewed on: 4-sep-2006 (DVD)

16. Story of a Love Affair (1950)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Paola is a young, beautiful woman married to a wealthy entrepreneur. She meets her former lover Guido after seven years, but their relationship is marked by tragic events.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: Lucia Bosé, Massimo Girotti, Ferdinando Sarmi, Gino Rossi

Votes: 2,111

Viewed on: 1-may-2005 (DVD)

17. Variety Lights (1950)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A beautiful but ambitious young woman joins a traveling troupe of third-rate vaudevillians and inadvertently causes jealousy and emotional crises.

Directors: Federico Fellini, Alberto Lattuada | Stars: Peppino De Filippo, Carla Del Poggio, Giulietta Masina, John Kitzmiller

Votes: 2,318

Viewed on: 3-apr-2008 (DVD) 14-nov-2011 (Internet)

Viewed on: 24-dec-2002 (DVD)

19. Bellissima (1951)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

A woman from the low class desperately tries to get her daughter into the movies.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Anna Magnani, Walter Chiari, Tina Apicella, Gastone Renzelli

Votes: 3,355

Viewed on: 4-jan-2006 (DVD) 14-aug-2009 (DVD)

20. Two Cents Worth of Hope (1952)

110 min | Comedy, Romance

The story concerns the romance between Carmela and Antonio. The ardor is one-sided at first, but Carmela is a determined young woman, willing to scale and conquer any obstacle in pursuing ... See full summary »

Director: Renato Castellani | Stars: Maria Fiore, Vincenzo Musolino, Filomena Russo, Luigi Astarita

Votes: 411

21. Guardie e ladri (1951)

105 min | Comedy, Drama

Esposito is a thief who cons tourists in Rome. A lengthy persecution by police Bottoni, who manages to catch it starts. In an oversight Esposito manages to flee again. Bottoni superiors inform him that if no catches him will lose his job.

Directors: Mario Monicelli, Steno | Stars: Aldo Fabrizi, Totò, Ave Ninchi, William Tubbs

Votes: 1,069

22. Miracle in Milan (1951)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

An open hearted and unrelentingly energetic orphan struggles to make the best out of his life on the streets of Milan.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Emma Gramatica, Francesco Golisano, Paolo Stoppa, Guglielmo Barnabò

Votes: 5,206

Viewed on: 20-nov-2005 (DVD)

23. La famiglia Passaguai (1951)

95 min | Comedy

A Sunday at the beach for the Passaguai family is a succession of more or less pleasant adventures.

Director: Aldo Fabrizi | Stars: Aldo Fabrizi, Peppino De Filippo, Ave Ninchi, Luigi Pavese

Votes: 120

24. Umberto D. (1952)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

92 Metascore

An elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Carlo Battisti, Maria Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari, Ileana Simova

Votes: 19,564 | Gross: $0.07M

Viewed on: 6-mar-2005

25. Europe '51 (1952)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama

A wealthy woman becomes obsessed with humanitarianism when her young son dies after attempting suicide.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Alexander Knox, Ettore Giannini, Giulietta Masina

Votes: 2,590

Viewed on: Date unknown (Television)

26. The White Sheik (1952)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Drama

During a day in their honeymoon, a couple is separated by the city's lust and the desires it produces.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Giulietta Masina, Brunella Bovo, Leopoldo Trieste

Votes: 4,254

Viewed on: 11-oct-2007 (DVD)

27. Totò a colori (1952)

104 min | Comedy

Toto' a colori was the first Italian movie to be shot with a colour film, but the sensitivity was very low (6 asa!) so the actors had to act under a very strong lighting and high temperature.

Director: Steno | Stars: Totò, Isa Barzizza, Fulvia Franco, Rocco D'Assunta

Votes: 463

28. The Little World of Don Camillo (1952)

107 min | Comedy

In a village of the Po valley where the earth is hard and life miserly, the priest and the communist mayor are always fighting to be the head of the community. If in secret, they admired ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Fernandel, Gino Cervi, Vera Talchi, Franco Interlenghi

Votes: 3,546

Viewed on: Date unknown (Television) 14-jan-1990 (Television) 2-oct-2005 (DVD)

29. Bread, Love and Dreams (1953)

90 min | Comedy, Romance

When a veteran marshal is sent to a small town, he quickly falls for two women: a midwife and an earthy young woman nicknamed "Frisky".

Director: Luigi Comencini | Stars: Vittorio De Sica, Gina Lollobrigida, Marisa Merlini, Virgilio Riento

Votes: 1,096

Viewed on: 21-jan-2007 (DVD)

30. I Vitelloni (1953)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

87 Metascore

A character study of five young men at crucial turning points in their lives in a small town in Italy.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Franco Fabrizi, Franco Interlenghi, Leopoldo Trieste

Votes: 12,533 | Gross: $0.10M

Viewed on: 6-oct-2005 (DVD)

33. The Wayward Wife (1953)

91 min | Comedy, Drama

Gemma, daughter of a lodger, is in love with her half-brother, but since she cannot marry him she ends up marrying a teacher. She doesn't love him and betrays him but is blackmailed by a ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Soldati | Stars: Gina Lollobrigida, Gabriele Ferzetti, Franco Interlenghi, Nanda Primavera

Votes: 149

Viewed on: 3-oct-2007 (DVD)

34. Neapolitan Carousel (1954)

129 min | Comedy, Musical

The life of a family of street singers.

Director: Ettore Giannini | Stars: Léonide Massine, Achille Millo, Agostino Salvietti, Clelia Matania

Votes: 129

35. Il sole negli occhi (1953)

98 min | Drama

A young and shy girl Celestina arrives from her small home village to Rome to become a housemaid. Her inexperience and naivety causes her to change her employers quite frequently. As she is... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Pietrangeli | Stars: Gabriele Ferzetti, Irene Galter, Pina Bottin, Maria Pia Trepaoli

Votes: 92

36. Riviera (1954)

107 min | Comedy, Drama

Annamaria Montorsi, ex prostituta, è in vacanza al mare con la figlia : per sfuggire ai pettegolezzi si finge vedova. E' pacata e riservata, e questo la rende benvoluta da tutti, in ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Lattuada | Stars: Martine Carol, Raf Vallone, Mario Carotenuto, Carlo Romano

Votes: 137

Viewed on: 23-dec-2011 (Internet)

37. The Gold of Naples (1954)

Not Rated | 138 min | Comedy, Drama

Tribute to Naples, where director De Sica spent his first years, this is a collection of 6 Neapolitan episodes : a clown exploited by a gangster ; an inconstant pizza seller (Sofia) losing ... See full summary »

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Silvana Mangano, Sophia Loren, Eduardo De Filippo, Paolo Stoppa

Votes: 1,222

Viewed on: 18-jun-2006 (DVD)

38. An American in Rome (1954)

94 min | Comedy

Nando Moriconi is a young Italian living in Rome. He is fond for everything coming from the United States. He tries to speak American-English, to wear clothes he thinks Americans wear, to ... See full summary »

Director: Steno | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Maria Pia Casilio, Ilse Peterson, Anita Durante

Votes: 1,303

39. The Art of Getting Along (1955)

85 min | Comedy

Rosario Scimoni is twenty years old and lives in Catania at the beginning of this century. He loves two things in life: women and money and he is the secretary of the mayor who is his uncle... See full summary »

Director: Luigi Zampa | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Marco Guglielmi, Franco Coop, Luisa Della Noce

Votes: 172

40. Senso (1954)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, History, Romance

A troubled and neurotic Italian Countess betrays her entire country for a self-destructive love affair with an Austrian Lieutenant.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Farley Granger, Alida Valli, Massimo Girotti, Heinz Moog

Votes: 5,183 | Gross: $0.03M

Viewed on: Date unknown (Television) 11-jun-2000 (Video) 19-may-2002 (Video) 10-sep-2005 (Video)

41. La Strada (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart, Aldo Silvani

Votes: 52,043

Viewed on: 10-may-1991 (Television) 4-feb-2006 (DVD)

Viewed on: 13-oct-2013 (Internet)

44. Un eroe dei nostri tempi (1955)

85 min | Comedy

Alberto Menichetti lives with an aunt and an old housekeeper, Clotilde; he has a job in a firm and his boss is Mrs. De Ritis, a widow whose husband was killed during a wild boar hunt. She ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Monicelli | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Franca Valeri, Giovanna Ralli, Tina Pica

Votes: 296

45. Poor But Beautiful (1957)

101 min | Comedy

Romolo and Salvatore are two young men that are neighbors and friends. They live with their parents in Piazza Navona in Rome. They are poor but handsome, and both fall in love with the beautiful Giovanna.

Director: Dino Risi | Stars: Marisa Allasio, Maurizio Arena, Renato Salvatori, Memmo Carotenuto

Votes: 400

46. Il Grido (1957)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama

A man wanders aimlessly, away from his town, away from the woman he loved, emotionally and socially inactive.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: Gabriella Pallotta, Steve Cochran, Alida Valli, Dorian Gray

Votes: 3,715

47. The Nights of Cabiria (1957)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

A waifish prostitute wanders the streets of Rome looking for true love but finds only heartbreak.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Giulietta Masina, François Périer, Franca Marzi, Dorian Gray

Votes: 37,360 | Gross: $0.75M

Viewed on: 3-may-2006 (DVD)

48. Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Crime

A motley quintet of inept small-time thieves bungle the burglary of a local pawnshop in this Italian farce.

Director: Mario Monicelli | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, Renato Salvatori, Totò

Votes: 7,875