Movie Guides: Italian Language Films

Films in the Classroom Collection are available at the circulation desk and are for in-library use only; video viewing stations are located on the second floor. Faculty may check out these videos for classroom use. Films in the MEDIA collection are available on the second floor of the library and may be checked out for 2 weeks.


Mango Languages

Mango Languages has three full-length movies you can watch within the database with simultaneous Italian and English subtitles:

  • Light of My Eyes = Luce dei Miei Occhi: Antonio is a lonely man who works as a driver of luxury cars. Outside of his work, he spends his time reading science fiction novels, and, especially by night, driving through the streets of the city. One night he meets Maria, a lonely woman, and her daughter Lisa. He manages to enter in their life, and starts to take care of them.
  • Corpo Celeste: Thirteen year-old Marta has recently moved back to southern Italy with her mother and older sister and struggles to find her place, restlessly testing the boundaries of an unfamiliar city and the catechism of the Catholic church.
  • Days and Clouds = Giorni e Nuvole: A well-off and sophisticated couple struggles to stay together after the husband loses his job.

Video Titles

DVD 8½ --- Classroom Collection
Fellini's autobiographical film about a famous film director who loses his inspiration in the midst of making a film.

DVD Bellisima --- MEDIA PN1997 .B4327 2012
Dreaming of a better life for her family, a star struck mother invests everything, including her last penny, into the dream that her daughter will be discovered at an open casting.

DVD Berlinguer, I Love You = Berlinguer Ti Voglio Bene --- MEDIA PN1997 .I468 2005
The story of Mario Cioni and his strange relationship with his mother.

DVD Bread & Chocolate = Pane e Cioccolata --- Classroom Collection
A comic but poignant portrait of an Italian immigrant working odd jobs in prosperous Switzerland and trying desperately to fit in.

DVD Il Cappotto = Overcoat --- MEDIA PN1997 .C3745 2011
Based on Nikolai Gogol's story with the location changed from Russia to Italy and the time changed to the present (1952), the story is about a poor city-hall clerk whose only desire is for a new overcoat.

DVD Ciao Professore! --- MEDIA PN1997 .C5 2003
The story of an upper-class teacher from conservative Northern Italy who, due to a computer error, finds himself teaching third-grade truants at a ramshackle school to the south.

DVD Cristo si e' Fermato a Eboli = Christ Stopped at Eboli --- MEDIA PN1997 .C7578 2003
Levi, an intellectual exiled by the Fascist government during World War II to a mountain village in southern Italy, discovers the resilience and dignity of people who live close to the land.

DVD The Decameron --- MEDIA PN1997.F7 D43 2002
Pasolini's rendition of several of Boccaccio's tales.

DVD [Federico Fellini's] La Dolce Vita --- MEDIA PN1997 .D66 2004
A society journalist working in the decadent life of 1960's Rome becomes increasingly jaded as he involves himself with the lifestyles of the rich and glamorous.

VHS Edipo Re = Oedipus Rex --- Classroom Collection
Sophocles' play, with added prologue and epilogue set in modern times, is extended into the present and points out that the motives of the ancient tragedy still exist today.

DVD The Garden of the Finzi-Continis = Giardino dei Finzi-Contini --- MEDIA PQ4807.A79 G52 2001
Set in Italy in 1938, when Mussolini's anti-Semitic edicts began to isolate the Jews from their communities. Among them were the Finzi-Continis, an aristocratic Jewish family forced for the first time to acknowledge the world beyond its fenced garden.

DVD Il Gesto delle Mani = Hand Gestures --- MEDIA NB1942.D64 H363 2015
This documentary film follows the process of creating one of Velasco Vitali's famous dog sculptures, from wax to glazed bronze, at the Battaglia Artistic Foundry, in Milan. The film observes the work of a group of skilled artisans in this 100-year old foundry and reveals the ancient traditions of bronze sculpture making, unchanged since the fifth century.

DVD La Grande Bellezza = The Great Beauty --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .G74 2014
For decades, journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the glittering nightlife of Rome. Since the legendary success of his only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and elite social circles. But on his sixty-fifth birthday, Jep unexpectedly finds himself taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries.

DVD I Soliti Ignoti = Big Deal on Madonna Street --- Classroom Collection
Five men conspire to burglarize a small-time jeweler's safe. When the time comes to carry out the scheme, the men become hopelessly clumsy and have to eventually give up and go home.

DVD Juliet of the Spirits = Giulietta Degli Spiriti --- MEDIA PN1997 .G488 2002
When she suspects her husband of infidelity, a housewife unleashes an unconscious ripe with erotic fantasies.

DVD Ladri di Biciclette: The Bicycle Thief --- MEDIA PN1997 .L33 1998
Story of an unemployed man and his son in war devastated Rome. The father finds a job pasting up posters, work requiring a bicycle to get around. The bicycle is stolen; panic stricken at being unable to recover his bicycle and at the prospect of losing his job, the father is compelled to steal a bicycle, only to be caught and humiliated in front of his son.

DVD Little Girl = La Pivellina --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .L58 2012
In a run-down park on the outskirts of Rome, a two-year-old girl is discovered and taken in by a family of hard-luck circus performers.

DVD Nuovo Cinema Paradiso = Cinema Paradiso --- MEDIA PN1997 .N96 2003
A young boy in a small Italian village is befriended by the projectionist at the movie theater, the Cinema Paradiso.

DVD Il Postino = The Postman --- MEDIA PQ8089.29 .K3 A731 1995
The postman, Mario, enlists the aid of the poet Pablo Neruda to conquer the heart of the beautiful Beatrice.

DVD Roma, Cittè Aperta = Open City --- MEDIA PN1997 .R5756 1997
The loyalties of an impoverished mother-to-be and a parish priest are tested by the German forces which occupy their homeland during World War II.

DVD Il Sorpasso = Easy Life --- MEDIA PN1997 .S67 2014
A waggish, free-wheeling bachelor and a bookish law student take a madcap trip from Rome to Tuscany.

DVD Two Women = La Ciociara --- MEDIA PN1997 .T861 1995
Realistic drama of an Italian widow who, along with her young daughter, are brutally raped by Allied soldiers in World War II.

DVD La Vita è Bella = Life is Beautiful --- MEDIA PN1997 .V572 2002
A charming but bumbling waiter who's gifted with a colorful imagination and an irresistible sense of humor has won the heart of the woman he loves and has created a beautiful life for his young family. Then that life is threatened by World War II.

Last Updated: November 2016