4K digital restoration. Rossellini’s drama Rome, Open City, starring Aldo Fabrizi and Anna Magnani, is a powerfully resonant cinematic achievement. Conceived and directed amid the ruin of World War II in Rome.
In Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard (1963), Cardinale stars as Angelica Sedara, the beautiful fiancée of the nephew of the Prince of Salina, laying the cornerstones of her career with an opulent classic that recreates the tumultuous years of Italy's Risorgimento—when the aristocracy lost its grip and the middle classes rose and formed a unified, democratic Italy. Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1963, this 4K restoration of Luchino Visconti’s revered The Leopard is an epic on the grandest possible scale.
During World War II, an Italian villager (Italian beauty Gina Lollobrigida in an award-winning role) befriends three American soldiers. Later, when unsure which of them fathered her daughter, she accepts support checks from all three soldiers. Twenty years later, a reunion unexpectedly brings the three veterans -- and their wives and children -- back to Italy and Mrs. Campbell panics as she endeavors to keep her lively past from her daughter.
Screen goddess Sophia Loren is one cinemas’ most recognisable figures. In Vittorio De Sica’s Marriage Italian Style, Loren plays Filumena, a penniless prostitute, who meets the successful Domenico (Marcello Mastroianni) in Naples during World War II, sparking a passionate affair.