Italian Cinema

by Salvatore De Luca | created - 13 Jun 2017 | updated - 23 Jun 2017 | Public

A small cronological list focused on Italian Cinema. This list shows both only Italian productions and co-productions with other countries. Daily updates.

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1. La presa di Roma (20 settembre 1870) (1905)

6 min | Short, Drama

The Italian army captures Rome after refusal to surrender this unifying Italy.

Director: Filoteo Alberini | Stars: Ubaldo Maria Del Colle, Carlo Rosaspina

Votes: 195

Silent

3. Nero. Or the Fall of Rome. (1909)

Not Rated | 14 min | Short, Drama

Roman emperor Nero is used to getting what he wants. He has grown tired of his wife Octavia, and has become infatuated with Poppea. He succeeds in making Poppea the new empress, but soon he... See full summary »

Directors: Arturo Ambrosio, Luigi Maggi | Stars: Alberto Capozzi, Lydia De Roberti, Mirra Principi, Luigi Maggi

Votes: 424

Silent

4. Dante's Inferno (1911)

68 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Loosely adapted from Dante's Divine Comedy and inspired by the illustrations of Gustav Doré the original silent film has been restored and has a new score by Tangerine Dream.

Directors: Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan, Giuseppe de Liguoro | Stars: Salvatore Papa, Arturo Pirovano, Giuseppe de Liguoro, Pier Delle Vigne

Votes: 1,679

Silent

5. Love Everlasting (1914)

90 min | Drama

Leslie Swayne, an adventurer, in order to obtain enough money to satisfy the needs of his extravagant life, has been bribed to steal the plans of the fortification from the staff officers ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Caserini | Stars: Lyda Borelli, Mario Bonnard, Gian Paolo Rosmino, Vittorio Rossi Pianelli

Votes: 77

6. Quo Vadis? (1913)

120 min | Drama, History

An epic Italian film "Quo Vadis" influenced many of the later movies.

Director: Enrico Guazzoni | Stars: Amleto Novelli, Gustavo Serena, Amelia Cattaneo, Carlo Cattaneo

Votes: 209

Silent Kolossal

7. The Last Days of Pompeii (1913)

88 min | Adventure, Drama

Two love triangles intersect in ancient Pompei.

Directors: Mario Caserini, Eleuterio Rodolfi | Stars: Fernanda Negri Pouget, Eugenia Tettoni Fior, Ubaldo Stefani, Antonio Grisanti

Votes: 428

8. Cabiria (1914)

Not Rated | 148 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Three centuries before Christus. Young Cabiria is kidnapped by some pirates during one eruption of the Etna. She is sold as a slave in Carthage, and as she is just going to be sacrificed to... See full summary »

Director: Giovanni Pastrone | Stars: Italia Almirante-Manzini, Lidia Quaranta, Bartolomeo Pagano, Carolina Catena

Votes: 2,622

Silent classic. D. W. Griffith was inspired by Cabiria. Taviani brothers made a tribute in Good Morning, Babylon.

9. Assunta Spina (1915)

72 min | Drama

Napoli, gli inizi del secolo. Assunta Spina è una bella stiratrice ed ha per amante Michele, ma Raffaele continua a girarle attorno. Un giorno, durante il pranzo di onomastico a Marechiaro,... See full summary »

Directors: Francesca Bertini, Gustavo Serena | Stars: Francesca Bertini, Gustavo Serena, Carlo Benetti, Luciano Albertini

Votes: 315

Remade in 1949 starring Anna Magnani.

10. Filibus (1915)

76 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Skypirate Filibus commits robberies from her airship, while a dedicated detective attempts to put a stop to it.

Director: Mario Roncoroni | Stars: Mario Mariani, Cristina Ruspoli, Giovanni Spano, Filippo Vallino

Votes: 54

11. Marvelous Maciste (1915)

67 min | Adventure

A young girl, pursued by a band of conspirators, hides in a movie theatre where she watches the film Cabiria. She determines to seek the aid of that film's strongman, Maciste. When she ... See full summary »

Directors: Luigi Romano Borgnetto, Vincenzo Denizot | Stars: Bartolomeo Pagano, Leone Papa, Clementina Gay, Amelia Chellini

Votes: 69

12. Cenere (1917)

30 min | Short, Drama

Set in Sardinia, a barren and disconsolate land, where Rosalia, a poor young mother, entrusts her only son, Anania, to the natural father, who is well-off and already married. The years ... See full summary »

Directors: Febo Mari, Arturo Ambrosio | Stars: Eleonora Duse, Febo Mari, Nietta Mordeglia, Ettore Casarotti

Votes: 120

14. Il mostro di Frankenstein (1921)

39 min | Short, Horror, Sci-Fi

The Italian adaptation of the famous novel about Dr. Frankenstein and his monstrous creation.

Director: Eugenio Testa | Stars: Linda Albertini, Luciano Albertini, Umberto Guarracino, Aldo Mezzanotte

Votes: 18

15. The Mechanical Man (1921)

80 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

The story begins with a scientist creating a device shaped like a man that can be remote-controlled by a machine.

Director: André Deed | Stars: Giulia Costa, André Deed, Valentina Frascaroli, Mathilde Lambert

Votes: 181

Co-production with the United States

17. Quo Vadis? (1924)

G | 90 min | Drama

Watch the Apostles and other followers like Saul preach the gospel and spread the message of love and hope in this high quality entertaining animated feature for your kids and family.

Directors: Gabriellino D'Annunzio, Georg Jacoby | Stars: Emil Jannings, Elena Sangro, Rina De Liguoro, Lillian Hall-Davis

Votes: 48 | Gross: $0.26M

First Italian talkie movie. It was filmed in German and French by other directors. Based on a Luigi Pirandello's work.

21. Gli uomini, che mascalzoni... (1932)

64 min | Comedy, Romance

Bruno, a young Milanese driver, falls in love with Mariuccia, dependent on a perfumery. Wanting to impress her, he shows up for their first date, in his employer's car.

Director: Mario Camerini | Stars: Lia Franca, Vittorio De Sica, Cesare Zoppetti, Aldo Moschino

Votes: 219

24. La signora di tutti (1934)

89 min | Drama

Gaby is expelled from school after a married teacher commits suicide after telling her he can't live without her. Though she has done nothing, she is punished for his act.

Director: Max Ophüls | Stars: Isa Miranda, Memo Benassi, Tatyana Pavlova, Friedrich Benfer

Votes: 625

The only Italian film Ophüls made on his exile. Venice Award

25. Lo squadrone bianco (1936)

100 min | War, Drama

Lieutenant Mario Ludovici, an army officer, gets himself transferred to a Libyan post when his romance with society girl Cristiana goes on the rocks. Ludovici is looked upon as a weakling ... See full summary »

Director: Augusto Genina | Stars: Fulvia Lanzi, Francesca Dalpe, Fosco Giachetti, Antonio Centa

Votes: 53

Fascist propaganda. Best Italian Film, Venice Film Festival

26. Il signor Max (1937)

Approved | 86 min | Comedy, Romance

Vittorio De Sica, heir to a large sum of money and owner of a newspaper vending stall, makes enough money out of his business to take a vacation at a fashionable resort. He is given a ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Camerini | Stars: Vittorio De Sica, Assia Noris, Rubi D'Alma, Lilia Dale

Votes: 153

Remade in 1957 and 1991 as Il conte Max

27. Scipione l'africano (1937)

83 min | Drama, History, War

A story of the Second Punic Wars, beginning with Scipio's futile pleas to the Roman Senate to build an army to battle Hannibal, that climaxes with the battle of Zama.

Director: Carmine Gallone | Stars: Annibale Ninchi, Camillo Pilotto, Fosco Giachetti, Francesca Braggiotti

Votes: 212

Remade in 1971 as Scipione, detto anche l'africano

30. In the Country Fell a Star (1939)

86 min

An American starlet inflames two Italian peasants who forget about their respective fiance's. One of them even thinks of marrying her and begins to plan for the engagement banquet. When the... See full summary »

Director: Eduardo De Filippo | Stars: Rosina Lawrence, Eduardo De Filippo, Peppino De Filippo, Oretta Fiume

Votes: 11

31. An Adventure of Salvator Rosa (1939)

97 min | Adventure

Gino Cervi, Luisa Ferida, and Osvaldo Valenti star in this Italian swashbuckler which would have starred Errol Flynn or Douglas Fairbanks had it been made in Hollywood. Salvatore Rosa was a... See full summary »

Director: Alessandro Blasetti | Stars: Gino Cervi, Luisa Ferida, Rina Morelli, Osvaldo Valenti

Votes: 46

Remake of the 1935 French film

33. L'assedio dell'Alcazar (1940)

112 min | Drama, War

Set during the Spanish civil war, the story of a commander of a fort Alcazar in Toledo, faithful to general Franco.

Director: Augusto Genina | Stars: Fosco Giachetti, Mireille Balin, María Denis, Rafael Calvo

Votes: 144

34. Maddalena... zero in condotta (1940)

Not Rated | 79 min | Comedy

La signorina Elisa insegna scrittura commerciale in una scuola femminile, dove tutte le lettere, per convenzione, vengono inviate ad un inesistente signor Hartman di Vienna ad un indirizzo ... See full summary »

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Vittorio De Sica, Vera Bergman, Carla Del Poggio, Irasema Dilián

Votes: 226

35. Rose scarlatte (1940)

65 min | Comedy

A man poses as a mysterious admirer to find out whether his wife would cheat on him.

Directors: Giuseppe Amato, Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Vittorio De Sica, Renée Saint-Cyr, Umberto Melnati, Vivi Gioi

Votes: 31

36. Lucrezia Borgia (1940)

76 min | Drama, History, Romance

A look at famous Lucrezia Borgia ,in the last part of her life,when she was duchess of Ferrara.

Director: Hans Hinrich | Stars: Isa Pola, Friedrich Benfer, Carlo Ninchi, Nerio Bernardi

Votes: 16

37. La corona di ferro (1941)

Not Rated | 83 min | Adventure, Fantasy

A crown, supposedly made from a nail out of the Cross of Christ and the metal of Roman swords, becomes a legend and a symbol of justice.

Director: Alessandro Blasetti | Stars: Elisa Cegani, Luisa Ferida, Rina Morelli, Gino Cervi

Votes: 281

39. Piccolo mondo antico (1941)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama

Franco, a young man of noble descent, decides to marry Luisa, daughter of a humble clerk, against his grandmother's will. But a terrible tragedy upsets the life of the newly married couple:... See full summary »

Director: Mario Soldati | Stars: Alida Valli, Massimo Serato, Ada Dondini, Annibale Betrone

Votes: 104

40. Doctor, Beware (1941)

92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A comedy of errors in which the sweetly incompetent Dr. Pietro Vignali (de Sica) has been run deep into debt by his girlfriend, Loletta Prima (Magnani). After his creditors threaten to sell... See full summary »

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Vittorio De Sica, Adriana Benetti, Irasema Dilián, Guglielmo Barnabò

Votes: 324

41. S.O.S. Submarine (1941)

71 min | Drama

During maneuvers a submarine collides with a surface vessel and drops to the ocean floor. The crew have thirty hours' worth of air to get it back to the surface.

Director: Francesco De Robertis | Stars: Felga Lauri, Diego Pozzetto, Marichetta Stoppa

Votes: 57

42. 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: 258

43. La cena delle beffe (1942)

87 min | Drama, Romance

This is an opera in four acts composed by Umberto Giordano . The story is set in Florence at the time of Lorenzo de'Medici recounts the rivalry between Gianneto Malespini and Neri ... See full summary »

Director: Alessandro Blasetti | Stars: Amedeo Nazzari, Osvaldo Valenti, Clara Calamai, Alfredo Varelli

Votes: 131

44. Malombra (1942)

135 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A nineteenth-century Italian noblewoman, imprisoned in a foreboding lakeside palazzo by her uncle, comes to believe she's possessed by a long ago mistress of the manor.

Director: Mario Soldati | Stars: Isa Miranda, Andrea Checchi, Irasema Dilián, Gualtiero Tumiati

Votes: 104

45. Noi vivi (1942)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Romance

Doomed love within a corrupt political world. At 18, the beautiful and smart Kira comes to Petersburg as the Communists consolidate power. She rebuffs a cousin who rises in the Party and ... See full summary »

Director: Goffredo Alessandrini | Stars: Alida Valli, Fosco Giachetti, Rossano Brazzi, Emilio Cigoli

Votes: 162

46. Un garibaldino al convento (1942)

83 min | Comedy, Drama