Known for his effortless, elegant aesthetic, Turkish-born director Ferzan Ozpetek is one of the most successful filmmakers in Italy today; he’s a super gay who loves ’50s melodramas of the sophisticated ilk, multiculturalism in movies, and death — all obvious when you view any of his humanistic films.
To prep you for your trip to Oz, he’s offering Flavorwire readers a simple primer; after the jump, four flicks that would be on the syllabus if Ozpetek was teaching Italian Cinema 101.
Bonus points if you can name a movie that he missed that should have made the cut.
Rocco e i suoi fratelli with Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale and directed by Lucchino Visconti, because it gives a good insight on a certain period of Italian history, provides wonderful melodrama, and is aesthetically impressive.
Viaggio in Italia directed by Roberto Rossellini, because it’s a celebration of a mature relationship, a celebration of love.
Umberto D directed by Vittorio De Sica, because it gives a sharp description of the age issue, growing old, becoming “useless” to the society.
Otto e Mezzo directed by Federico Fellini, which cannot not be mentioned. It is particularly dear to me because it’s the innate expression of creativity, and that’s a very close issue to me.