The Princess and the Pea/La Principessa sul Pisello (1976)

Notable for not actually featuring the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale 'The Princess and the Pea', director Piero Regnoli plunders 'Cinderella' and 'Snow White...' instead, with actresses Crista Linder and Susanna Martinkova taking the title roles respectively. It is rumoured the film took in a staggeringly low 70,000 lira at the Italian box-office which may … Continue reading The Princess and the Pea/La Principessa sul Pisello (1976)

London Calling North Pole/Londra Chiama Polo Nord (1956)

Plot: German Secret Service officers manage to capture an underground radio in Holland and proceed to set up a 'fake' resistance dubbed 'North Pole'. Over a period of three years the German army was able to trick the Allied forces into sending over tonnes of airplane parts, various supplies (including cigarettes) and captured and killed … Continue reading London Calling North Pole/Londra Chiama Polo Nord (1956)

Secret Life of an 18-Year-Old/Vita Segreta di una Diciottenne (1969)

Better known as the brother of Rossano Brazzi, one of the more popular male leads during the golden age of Italian cinema, Oscar Brazzi began working in the industry as a production designer in the 1950s and by the early 1960s he moved into production design working with many notable directors including Roberto Rossellini, Steno, … Continue reading Secret Life of an 18-Year-Old/Vita Segreta di una Diciottenne (1969)

Headlights in the Fog/Fari nella Nebbia (1941)

Shot in 1941, Headlights in the Fog is considered one of the precursors of the Neorealism movement. The story revolves around a truck driver as he battles with the pressures of work and a failing marriage: Critical reception: (Irene Brn, "Cine Illustrato", 15, 12 aprile 1942) The young director Gianni Franciolini has given all of … Continue reading Headlights in the Fog/Fari nella Nebbia (1941)

Telecine Project #3 – Sealed Lips/Bocche Cucite (1970)

Locandina Bocche Cucite/Sealed Lips (1970) The following newspaper story from 1969 is translated just below: TOSINI'S FILM WILL BE MADE Funding for Bocche Cucite has been found A press conference by the director Following the projection of various excerpts, minus audio, from 'Bocche Cucite' the director of the film, Pino Tosini, held a press conference … Continue reading Telecine Project #3 – Sealed Lips/Bocche Cucite (1970)

An Hour to Live/Un’Ora Per Vivere (1962)

Originally released under the title Anche L'Inferno Trema (lit. Even Hell Shakes) in 1958, this thriller from director Piero Regnoli was re-released in 1962 retitled Un Ora Per Vivere (lit. An Hour to Live). The plot revolves around an escaped criminal holed up in a house with a father and his blind daughter as hostages. … Continue reading An Hour to Live/Un’Ora Per Vivere (1962)

Guns Against the Law/Armi Contro la Legge (1961)

Plot: Expelled from the United States, the Italian gangster, Marini, is tasked with heading an international gang in preparation for an ambitious heist on a jeweler's in Madrid. In order to complete the job he is forced to bring in the help of two small-time crooks and a young student. Unfortunately, the robbery doesn't go … Continue reading Guns Against the Law/Armi Contro la Legge (1961)

Nobody Move, This is a Robbery!/Fermi Tutti! È Una Rapina (1975)

WIP http://www.ragusanews.com/articolo/17296/enzo-battaglia-regista-maledetto Genio incompreso del Cinema, Enzo Battaglia nacque a Ragusa nel 1935, ed è morto a Catania, appena 51enne, nel 1987. Diplomato in regia al Centro sperimentale di cinematografia, dopo essere stato per alcuni anni assistente di Pietro Germi nel 1963 ha tentato l'esperienza della regia con un film coraggioso, Gli Arcangeli. Attraverso il racconto … Continue reading Nobody Move, This is a Robbery!/Fermi Tutti! È Una Rapina (1975)

So Long, Gulliver/Ciao Gulliver (1970)

Due fogli poster Ciao Gulliver/So Long Gulliver (1971) Directed by Carlo Tuzii, this would be his only feature film, having directed just a handful of shows for television and then disappearing from the radar. For a debut film it boasts an impressive cast, Enrico-Maria Salerno was at his prime (he worked on four other films … Continue reading So Long, Gulliver/Ciao Gulliver (1970)