A metaphysical mystery based on the novel by Leonardo Sciascia, Todo modo is the most curious and puzzling of Petri’s films and offers a not-so-veiled critique of Christian Democratic political power. Italy’s most successful politicians go on a monastic retreat at the convent of Don Gaetano to contemplate their notable careers and secretly devise a new power structure. After a series of mysterious crimes, the consortium becomes divided and, ultimately, depleted. The film’s unabashed leftist politics are given vivid articulation through the work of noted production designer Dante Ferretti.
In the early 1990s, five leading Arab film directors were asked to create a short work that expressed their thoughts and feelings about the first Gulf War and its impact on Arab people, culture and intellectual thought. The Gulf War, What Next? is the revealing and rewarding feature-length collection of these five impressive short works.
Little Gennarino, orphan of his parents, performs on the streets of Naples as a street musician together with his adoptive mother Angela. Unfortunately one day the woman falls ill and she has to be hospitalized, so the child, needing to find money for treatment, joins a group of petty thieves.
Vivacious student Rita flees her boarding school with her music teacher, to whom she is engaged. She wants to take part in a singing contest, but her father, who is dead-set against it, has her kidnapped. He finally gives in when his wife threatens to sing in the contest herself.
Rita, a vivacious co-ed is in love with her music teacher, a man who leads a double life – bespectacled professor by day and composer of rock songs by night. Will Rita win his heart?
The fate of several men in a Libyan city briefly captured from Italy by the invading British in 1941, includes a focus on the role of women during these hard times.
After the death of his father, 17-year-old Nino is finding adolescence a traumatic and lonely ordeal. One autumn, during a holiday on the slopes of Mount Etna, he finds he is strongly attracted towards his young aunt, Cettina. Although married, she has no children of her own and his interest in her awakens her maternal instincts. An intimacy develops between them and his liking for her turns into an all-consuming desire. When he discovers that she is pursuing a secret affair with another man, Sasa, he is overwhelmed by jealousy and fails to comprehend her infidelity.
Agostina is a maid turned prostitute during World War II. She sends all the money she makes to the local priest in her home village for safekeeping. After the war is over Agostina and her friend Australia plan to open a clothing store so they return to her home island to collect the money from the priest. But after arriving there Agostina learns in shock that the priest has been dead for more than a year and that his eccentric successor mistook the received money for donations and spent all of it on building a new orphanage for war orphans. To make matters even worse, other islanders think that Agostina is now a millionaire and beg her to help them financially.