Mediterranean movie

I think it was lucky that during most of the work on the Odyssey I lived on Homer's sea in houses that were, in one case, shaken by the impact of the Mediterranean winter storms on the rocks below. (Robert Fitzgerald)
Gabriele Salvatores's "Mediterraneo" is a deliberately charming comedy whose most daring conceit is that love, in one form and another, makes the world go around. Actually, it's somewhat better than it sounds, having the good sense not to slop over into the sentimentality that awaits it at every turn.

Gabriele Salvatores's "Mediterraneo" is a deliberately charming comedy whose most daring conceit is that love, in one form and another, makes the world go around. Actually, it's somewhat better than it sounds, having the good sense not to slop over into the sentimentality that awaits it at every turn.

La Piscine. Beginning with a lingering shot of Alain Delon bronzing himself by the side of the eponymous swimming pool, Jacques Deray’s languid 1969 thriller La Piscine is a film that revels in the sight of lithe, good-looking bodies spoiling with inertia in the sweltering Mediterranean sun.

La Piscine. Beginning with a lingering shot of Alain Delon bronzing himself by the side of the eponymous swimming pool, Jacques Deray’s languid 1969 thriller La Piscine is a film that revels in the sight of lithe, good-looking bodies spoiling with inertia in the sweltering Mediterranean sun.

Two entwined dead bodies are dredged up from the Mediterranean depths in a fishing net in the opening scene of Albert Lewin’s strange, unforgettable fantasy. The story of Pandora (Ava Gardner), a beautiful American living in a Catalan port town, and the mysterious sailor (James Mason) whose yacht is moored off the coast, Pandora and the Flying Dutchman is an intoxicating blend of myth, romance and the glamour of continental expat life in the 1930s.

Two entwined dead bodies are dredged up from the Mediterranean depths in a fishing net in the opening scene of Albert Lewin’s strange, unforgettable fantasy. The story of Pandora (Ava Gardner), a beautiful American living in a Catalan port town, and the mysterious sailor (James Mason) whose yacht is moored off the coast, Pandora and the Flying Dutchman is an intoxicating blend of myth, romance and the glamour of continental expat life in the 1930s.

Le Mépris (1963) The film in question is an epic of Ancient Greece (tying Le Mépris to a far older tradition of Mediterranean stories) directed by Austrian auteur Fritz Lang (playing himself). Michel Piccoli plays Paul, a screenwriter struggling to keep hold of his integrity in the face of the crass demands of his American producer (Jack Palance), who’d like more scenes of naked mermaids swimming.

Le Mépris (1963) The film in question is an epic of Ancient Greece (tying Le Mépris to a far older tradition of Mediterranean stories) directed by Austrian auteur Fritz Lang (playing himself). Michel Piccoli plays Paul, a screenwriter struggling to keep hold of his integrity in the face of the crass demands of his American producer (Jack Palance), who’d like more scenes of naked mermaids swimming.

Voyage to Italy Film directors were not alone. With the rise of leisure culture throughout the 20th century, holidaymakers flocked to the Mediterranean in their droves – pilgrims in search of the holy holiday trinity of sun, sea and sand. Two such voyagers, if sightseers rather than sun-worshippers, are Katherine and Alexander Joyce (Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders), a prim English couple holidaying in Naples in Roberto Rossellini’s Journey to Italy (1954).

Voyage to Italy Film directors were not alone. With the rise of leisure culture throughout the 20th century, holidaymakers flocked to the Mediterranean in their droves – pilgrims in search of the holy holiday trinity of sun, sea and sand. Two such voyagers, if sightseers rather than sun-worshippers, are Katherine and Alexander Joyce (Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders), a prim English couple holidaying in Naples in Roberto Rossellini’s Journey to Italy (1954).

Amazing and funny...did you like it?

Amazing and funny...did you like it?

The film is an acknowledged remake of a French movie, Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis, which told the story of a southern postal employee unhappily transferred to the north. But in an Italian context, and with a self-pitying northern hero dispatched to the Mezzogiorno, the plot acquires more political bite.

The film is an acknowledged remake of a French movie, Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis, which told the story of a southern postal employee unhappily transferred to the north. But in an Italian context, and with a self-pitying northern hero dispatched to the Mezzogiorno, the plot acquires more political bite.

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