La Dolce Vita: Criterion Collection

November 24, 2014

At the time of its release, Federico Fellini’s La dolce vita (1960) was considered a prescient masterpiece that anticipated our celebrity-obsessed tabloid culture. Looking back now, its subject matter seems rather tame, but after the likes of O.J. Simpson,... 

La notte: Criterion Collection

November 4, 2013

Michelangelo Antonioni’s La notte (1961) examines the turbulent marriage between a writer and his wife over the span of just under a day. The film begins with Giovanni (Mastroianni) and Lidia (Moreau) visiting a friend sick with cancer in the hospital.... 

The Organizer: Criterion Collection

May 3, 2012

Director Mario Monicelli made some of his best films during what many consider to be the golden age of Italian cinema when that country’s output was among the greatest in popular cinema. He was known for making socially conscious films that mixed comedy... 

Le notti bianche

January 30, 2006

When Fyodor Dostoyevsky was 27 years old, he wrote a series of columns for the Saint Petersburg Gazette. They were short pieces about his observations on city life and were eventually published as the Petersburg Chronicle. Luchino Visconti’s Le notti... 

Divorce Italian Style

October 5, 2005

Divorce Italian Style (1962) was originally intended to be a drama but the final result is a biting satire of Sicilian machismo. Baron Ferdinando “Fefe” Cefalu (Mastroianni) and his wife, Rosalia (Rocca), have been married for 12 years. She adores...