Classic Italian Cinema / by Ben Resini

The holiday season always seems like an overly stressful time of year for me, for a multitude of reasons. Lately however I've been actively limiting the amount of social media I engage in during the week and on the weekends I make sure to pretty much stay off of Instagram, Twitter, etc. 

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A lot of my time spent these past few months (in reality - this last year) has been working tirelessly towards my dual citizenship appointment in April. I've also been working with a private tudor to learn the Italian language. So between work during the week, research and document preparation, and my language studies - my time has been limited to say the least.  

Recently however I have focused my down time on a particular aspect of culture that I absolutely love - which is classic Italian cinema.  Sure I've seen La Dolce Vita and Roman Holiday and the big hits of cinema in the past but today I've really gotten into all of the classic Italian movies from the 40's, 50's, & 60's. 

It has opened up another world for me seeing some of these great Italian films from so long ago.  Maybe one could chalk it up to be being a naturally nostalgiac person or one who longs for the past - perhaps much simpler days. Call it what you will but I've recently dived deep into classic Italian cinema as a fully fledged fan and collector! 

While one should be shopping for others during this time of year, this past week I managed to add 10 classic Italian movies to my collection.

leri Oggi E Domani, La dolce vita, Fellini's Roma, L'avventura, Cinema Paradiso, Blow Up, La Notte, Riso amaro, 8 1/2, and Ladri di bicicletta. 

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There are many more on my list to acquire of course but I am thrilled to have these classics in my new collection. The classic cinema of Italy during this era is like no other in my opinion. I've become a huge fan of Italian film in general (with the help of Netflix) and highly recommend checking out Terraferma, The Wonders, I am Love, Fire at Sea, etc. 

Call me dated or old fashioned but the modern hit movies made today, even with all the fancy CGI effects, pulse pounding music and over the top dramatics - just don't interest me as much as the classically shot film from the bygone error.  

For me, the classic black/white films shot on the streets of 1940's post-war Rome with crackly sound effects and dramatic story lines are comforting little glimpses into a time long since past but still remembered by Italian film enthusiasts such as myself. 

Ciao for now,

-Ben