Italy (Giuseppe Tornatore) Movies on DVD
Writer/director Giuseppe Tornatore's acclaimed cinematic ode to his Sicilian hometown of Bagheria (known to its residents as "Baaria") traces five decades of history and conflict--from the rise of Fascism to the influences of the Church, the Mafia, and communism--as seen through the eyes of three generations of a family. Francesco Scianna, Margareth Made, and Giorgio Faletti star; music by Ennio Morricone. 151 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: Italian Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; interview; behind-the-scenes footage; deleted scenes; photo gallery; poster gallery. In Italian with English subtitles.
A charming, bittersweet tribute to the power of movies which won 1989's Best Foreign Film Academy Award. A filmmaker returns to his Sicilian hometown for the first time in 30 years and looks back on his life, including the time he spent helping the projectionist at the local movie theatre. Philippe Noiret, Jacques Perrin and Marco Leonardi star. PG-version; 123 min./2002 R-rated re-release; 174 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: Italian Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Surround, French Dolby Digital Surround; Subtitles: English; theatrical trailer. In Italian with English subtitles.
From Giuseppe Tornatore ("Cinema Paradiso") comes this sexy and sensitive coming-of-age saga set in 1940s Sicily, where 13-year-old Renato (Giuseppe Sulfaro) becomes infatuated with Malena (Monica Bellucci), the luscious daughter of the town's Latin teacher. When Malena's husband dies at war, she is doggedly pursued by the area's men while Renato's interest becomes obsessive as he begins to spy on the newly widowed woman. Music by Ennio Morricone. 92 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: Italian Dolby Digital stereo. Subtitles: English. In Italian with English subtitles.
Irena, a mysterious Ukrainian woman, systematically insinuates herself into a wealthy Italian couple's lives, eventually becoming their housekeeper and nanny to their young daughter. But as time goes by, Irena's motives for choosing this particular family become clear, giving a disturbing glimpse into her dark past. Taut psychological thriller from Italy stars Xenia Rappoport, Michele Placido, Claudia Gerini. AKA: "The Other Woman," "The Unknown." 120 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: Italian Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; featurette; TV spots; theatrical trailer. In Italian with English subtitles.