Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita” (1960)

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Writers: Federico Fellini (story), Ennio Flaiano (story)

With its iconic Trevi Fountain scene and the beautiful usage of sound.

1) Where is it on following the Bechdel Test: 5

2) Strength of the writing: 5

3) Strength of the directing: 5

4) Strength of the acting: 5

5) Strength of the cinematography: 5

6) Strength of the editing: 5

7) Strength of the sound design: 5

8) Strength of the production design: 5

9) Did I enjoy it? 5

10) Would I recommend it? 5

Score: 50/50

Tornatore’s “Cinema Paradiso” (1988)

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Writers: Giuseppe Tornatore (story), Giuseppe Tornatore (screenplay)

Not just a beautiful movie, but an arguably important piece for the revival of Italy’s film industry.

1) Strength of the writing: 5

2) Strength of the directing: 5

3) Strength of the acting: 5

4) Strength of the cinematography: 5

5) Strength of the editing: 5

6) Strength of the sound design: 5

7) Strength of the production design: 5

8) Did I enjoy it? 5

9) Would I recommend it? 5

Score 45/45

Luchino Visconti’s “The Leopard” (“Il Gattopardo”) – 1963

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Director: Luchino Visconti

A love story to the days of old and changing times.

1) Where is it on following the Bechdel Test: 5

2) Strength of the writing: 5

3) Strength of the directing: 5

4) Strength of the acting: 5

5) Strength of the cinematography: 5

6) Strength of the editing: 5

7) Strength of the sound design: 5

8) Strength of the production design: 5

9) Did I enjoy it? 5

10) Would I recommend it? 5

Total scores out of 50/50

Fellini’s “8 1/2” (1963)

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What are your hurdles in the creative process?

“8 1⁄2 is about the struggles involved in the creative process, both technical and personal, and the problems artists face when expected to deliver something personal and profound with intense public scrutiny, on a constricted schedule, while simultaneously having to deal with their own personal relationships. It is, in a larger sense, about finding true personal happiness within a difficult, fragmented life. Like several Italian films of the period (most evident in the films of Fellini’s contemporary, Michelangelo Antonioni), ​8 1⁄2 also is about the alienating effects of modernization.”

-From “8 ½” Wikipedia Page

1) Strength of the writing: 5

2) Strength of the directing: 5

3) Strength of the acting: 5

4) Strength of the cinematography: 5

5) Strength of the editing: 5

6) Strength of the sound design: 5

7) Strength of the production design: 5

8) Did I enjoy it? 5

9) Would I recommend it? 5

Score:  45/45

Netflix’s “Bodyguard” (2018)

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Created by: Jed Mercurio

Starring: Richard Madden, Sophie Rundle, Vincent Franklin

 

1) Where is it on following the Bechdel Test: 5

2) Strength of the writing: 4

3) Strength of the directing: 4

4) Strength of the acting: 5

5) Strength of the cinematography: 5

6) Strength of the editing: 5

7) Strength of the sound design: 5

8) Strength of the production design: 5

9) Did I enjoy it? 4

10) Would I recommend it? 4

Score: 46/50