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'I CAPOLAVORI' - THE 4 AND 5-STAR ITALIAN CLASSICS, ACCORDING TO MORANDINI

by Umberto L.
'I CAPOLAVORI' - THE 4 AND 5-STAR ITALIAN CLASSICS, ACCORDING TO MORANDINI by Umberto L.
[Updated 16th Nov. 2016] – R.I.P. Morando Morandini. The “Morandini – Dizionario dei Film” (Italian for: “Dictionary of Films”) – written and updated on a year-by-year basis by Laura, Luisa and Morando Morandini – is one of the most highly-praised collections of film reviews in Italy. Its purpose is to give the readers a short summary and a brief critical view for every film ever shown in Italy (even if available just on VHS / DVD / Blu-Ray, occasionally shown in film festivals or broadcast on TV). As of 2015, about 27’000 titles among films, shorts and TV series are reviewed on it. At the end of every article, there is a star-based rating,… Read more

[Updated 16th Nov. 2016] – R.I.P. Morando Morandini.

The “Morandini – Dizionario dei Film” (Italian for: “Dictionary of Films”) – written and updated on a year-by-year basis by Laura, Luisa and Morando Morandini – is one of the most highly-praised collections of film reviews in Italy. Its purpose is to give the readers a short summary and a brief critical view for every film ever shown in Italy (even if available just on VHS / DVD / Blu-Ray, occasionally shown in film festivals or broadcast on TV). As of 2015, about 27’000 titles among films, shorts and TV series are reviewed on it.

At the end of every article, there is a star-based rating, which works like this: * (one star), * 1/2 (one star and a half), * * (two stars), * * 1/2 (two stars and a half), * * * (three stars), * * * 1/2 (three stars and a half), * * * * (four stars), * * * * * (five stars).

The four-star rating is generally given to film regarded as excellent or masterpieces, while the five-star rating is assigned to those films that are considered to be fundamental in the History of Cinema or that represent the highest achievement of a great auteur.

With this list I wanted to provide my fellow MUBI users and visitors with a chronological, exhaustive showcase of the Italian Cinema, of its masterpieces and its hidden treasures. A digest completely independent by my own views, yet easily agreeable (as you will discover during your watching experience). That is why I considered just the Italian titles among all the ones reviewed and highlighted on the book.

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THE 5-STAR ITALIAN MASTERPIECES.

- “Paisà” (1946), by Roberto Rossellini;

- “Ladri di Biciclette” (1948), by Vittorio De Sica;

- “La Terra Trema: Episodio del Mare” (1948), by Luchino Visconti;

- “Umberto D.” (1952), by Vittorio De Sica;

- “Senso” (1954), by Luchino Visconti;

- “La Dolce Vita” (1960), by Federico Fellini;

- “Salvatore Giuliano” (1962), by Francesco Rosi;

- “” (1963), by Federico Fellini;

- “La Presa del Potere da Parte di Luigi XVI” (1966), by Roberto Rossellini;

- “Dillinger È Morto” (1969), by Marco Ferreri;

- “La Grande Abbuffata” (1973), by Marco Ferreri;

- “Once Upon a Time in America” (1984), by Sergio Leone;

- “Vincere” (2009), by Marco Bellocchio.

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Missing on MUBI:

- “Il Delitto”, segment from the film “I Vinti” (1953), by Michelangelo Antonioni;
- “Con il Cuore Fermo, Sicilia” (1965), by Gianfranco Mingozzi;
- “Giovinezza, Giovinezza” (1969), by Franco Rossi;
- “Bronte – Cronaca di un Massacro che i Libri di Storia Non Hanno Raccontato” (1972), by Florestano Vancini;
- “Le Cinque Stagioni” (1976), by Gianni Amico;
- “La Giacca Verde” (1980), by Franco Giraldi;
- “Sassalbo Provincia di Sydney” (1981-82), by Luigi Faccini;
- “Donna d’Ombra” (1988), by Luigi Faccini;
- “Crotone, Italia” (1993), by Daniele Segre;
- “Memoria – I Sopravvissuti Raccontano” (1997), by Ruggero Gabbai;
- “Addio del Passato” (2000), by Marco Bellocchio;
- “Luparella” (2002), by Giuseppe Bertolucci;
- “Nero” (2004), by Antonio Lucifero;
- “Sabato, Domenica e Lunedì” (2004), by Toni Servillo and Paolo Sorrentino;
- “In un Altro Paese” (2005), by Marco Turco;
- “Le Mani Raccontano” (2006), by Luigi Faccini;
- “Biùtiful Countri” (2007), by Esmeralda Calabria, Andrea D’Ambrosio, Peppe Ruggiero;
- “Libera Nos A Malo” (2008), by Fulvio Wetzl;
- “Morire di Lavoro” (2008), by Daniele Segre;
- “Il Pane della Memoria” (2008), by Luigi Faccini;
- “Puccini e la Fanciulla” (2008), by Paolo Benvenuti;
- “Omaggio a Rossini” (2009), by Giulio Gianini and Emanuele Luzzati;
- “Storia di una Donna Amata e di un Assassino Gentile” (2009), by Luigi Faccini;
- “Abecedario di Andrea Camilleri” (2010), by Eugenio Cappuccio;
- “Rudolf Jacobs, l’Uomo che Nacque Morendo” (2011), by Luigi Faccini;
- “Morando’s Music” (2012), by Luigi Faccini;
- “Prima la Trama, poi il Fondo” (2013), by Fulvio Wetzl and Laura Bagnoli;
- “Se Chiudo gli Occhi Non Sono Più Qui” (2013), by Vittorio Moroni;
- “Ridendo e Scherzando” (2015), by Paola Scola and Silvia Scola.

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Here they are, in chronological order of release:

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