The Artistic and Cultural Dimensions of Caligula by Tinto Brass. “Caligula,” also re-released in Italy under the title “Io, Caligola,” is a 1979 historical pornographic … Read more

The Key (La Chiave)

The Key (La Chiave)

The Key is a 1983 Italian film directed by Tinto Brass. It is adapted from the eponymous novel by Japanese author Jun’ichirō Tanizaki. Plot Set … Read more


Life is Beautiful

When an open-minded Jewish waiter and his kid become Holocaust victims, he employs a perfect combination of determination, humor, and creativity to defend his son … Read more



During WWII, an Italian Army unit of misfits occupies a non-strategic Greek island for the remainder of the conflict. Mediterraneo is a 1991 Italian war … Read more


Cinema Paradiso

A director recounts his boyhood, when he fell in love with movies at his hometown’s theater and formed a great bond with the projectionist. Giuseppe … Read more


Nothing Left to Do but Cry

In the 1980s, two pals mysteriously awaken in the 15th century and attempt clumsily to integrate into the society of the period. Non ci resta … Read more


Arabian Nights

A lovely slave girl selects a young man to be her new owner in ancient Arabia, but she is stolen and they must hunt for … Read more

The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales

Pasolini’s beautiful, violent, and always a vivid cinematic depiction of some of Chaucer’s most sexual stories. The Canterbury Tales (I racconti di Canterbury) is a … Read more


The Decameron

A retelling of nine stories from Boccaccio’s “Decameron.” The Decameron (Il Decameron) is a 1971 anthology film written and directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, based … Read more


Oedipus Rex

Oedipus, who was rescued from abandonment and reared by the King and Queen, is nevertheless troubled by a prophecy that he will murder his father … Read more


The troubled Ludwig, King of Bavaria, reigned from 1864 to 1886. Ludwig is a 1973 biographical film made by Italian filmmaker Luchino Visconti about King … Read more


Death in Venice

Gustav von Aschenbach, an ill composer, gets dangerously fascinated by youngster Tadzio while recuperating in Venice. Death in Venice (Morte a Venezia) is a 1971 … Read more


The Leopard

During the dramatic social upheavals of 1860s Sicily, the Prince of Salina, a noble nobleman of spotless morality, struggles to maintain his family and station. … Read more