Oh, our aching buttcheeks! Oh, our lucky eyes! These are the two conflicting sensations you're likely to experience after four hours of Martin Scorsese's personal tour of Italian cinema. From the neo-realism of De Sica to the circus surrealism of Fellini to the glacially paced whatever-ism of Antonioni--it's all here. The most important flicks get star treatment in the form of cogent analysis and appreciation from Professor Marty with extensive film clips--occasionally too extensive.
Fans of Fellini know all about 8 1/2 and La Dolce Vita, but Scorsese doesn't forget about minor buddy-film masterpiece I Vitelloni. Unexpected highlights include peeks back at silent Italian flicks that influenced (and sometimes outdid) Hollywood, as well as the Scorsese family's home movies from Little Italy. Bellisimo! Marty's trip to Italy is one cineasts will savor--but bring an extra cushion.