Great Italian Directors Collection [5 Discs] [DVD]

This three film set from legendary Italian filmmakers includes Michelangelo Antonioni's Story of a Love Affair, Mario Monicelli's Casanova '70, and the omnibus movie Boccaccio '70.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Story of a Love Affair
  • Identification of a Masterpiece documentary
  • Story of a Peculiar Night documentary
  • Fragments of a Love Affair: Restoring a Masterpiece
  • Poster Gallery
  • Stills Gallery
  • Boccaccio '70
  • Poster and Still gallery
  • Original American theatrical trailer
  • Casanova '70
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Stills gallery

Synopsis

Casanova '70
Marcello Mastroianni portrays the handsome lover Casanova pitted against a thoroughly modern woman. This is a legendary hero often depicted in movies, but this time he is portrayed with a slightly different problem - the only time he's "in the mood" is when he feels that he is in danger. His job as NATO officer offers plenty of opportunity for his sexual arousal problems to be assuaged. ~ Tana Hobart, Rovi

Boccaccio '70
Released in the US by 20th Century-Fox, Boccaccio '70 is a compendium of short subjects directed by three of Italy's top filmmakers. Each story is written in the style of the famed Italian essayist Boccaccio, albeit told in contemporary terms. First up is "The Raffle", written by Cesare Zavattini and directed by Vittorio De Sica: Sophia Loren (wife of Boccaccio '70 producer Carlo Ponti) plays the sexy operator of a shooting gallery, who offers herself as first prize to the best shot. In "The Job", written by Suso Cecchi D'Amico and directed by Luchino Visconti, Romy Schneider carries a torch for her philandering boss Tomas Milian. The final segment is "The Temptation of Dr. Antonio", directed by Federico Fellini and scripted by Fellini, Ennio Flaiano and Tullio Pinelli; in this one, Anita Ekberg is an image on a poster who comes to life for the benefit of a drooling middle-aged professor (Peppino De Filippo). A fourth episode, "Renzo and Luciana", directed by Mario Monicelli, was cut from U.S. release. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cronaca di un Amore
Michelangelo Antonioni's first narrative feature is a stark, minimal interpersonal drama that would establish many of the themes and techniques that would recur in his work for the rest of his career. Story of a Love Affair centers on the dynamic between Guido (Massimo Girotti) and Paola (Lucia Bosé), two old flames re-igniting their passions for one another. Tabs are being kept on both of the lovers by their current spouses as well as by a private investigator, but even after their pursuers fall out of the picture -- whether due to accidents or disinterest -- Guido and Paola find that their love for each other is waning. Filled with stark, empty compositions, unpredictable camera movements, and static, self-obsessed characters, Story of a Love Affair would mark Antonioni as a maverick among the prevailing neorealists of the post-war Italian film community. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Marcello Mastroianni
    Marcello Mastroianni - Major Andrea Rossi-Colombetti
  • Michele Mercier
    Michele Mercier - Noelle
  • Virna Lisi
    Virna Lisi - Gigliola
  • Marisa Mell
    Marisa Mell - Thelma
  • Marco Ferreri
    Marco Ferreri - Count Ferreri
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