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by Sam Juliano
Next Stop: Roma. Italian Cinema is surely one of the most diverse and richest in the annals of movie history. It gave birth to neo-realism, Euro horror, the spaghetti western, the opera film, and subversive political allegories, and some of the greatest directors of all-time were born and worked within its borders. Fellini, DeSica, Visconti, Pasolini, Antonioni, Rosellini, Blasetti, Monicelli, Bava, Bertolucci, Olmi, Wertmuller, Tornatore, Zeffirelli, Rosi, Argento, et al. Voters are asked to select twenty (20) films either in ORDER NUMERICALLY (ranked) or in NO ORDER, in which case alphabetical method is easiest for the tabulator. For me to leave off Antonioni, Monicelli, Olmi, Tavanani, and Blassetti is insanity just as my leaving off “Christ Stopped at Eboli,” “Bitter Rice,” “Death in Venice”, “Nights of Cabiria,” “Black Sunday,” “Shoeshine,” “Obsessione,” and others is the height of lunacy, but 20 choices forces you to seriously economize. Anyway here are my own Top 20 in NO ORDER, presented alphabetically:  (deadline is Friday, October 15th at 5:00 P.M.)
Battle of Algiers (Pontecorvo, 1969)
Bicycle Thieves (DeSica, 1949)
Bizet’s Carmen (Rosi, 1984)
Black Sabbath (Bava, 1963)
Brother Sun Sister Moon (Zeffirelli, 1973)
Cinema Paradiso (Tornatore, 1989)
The Conformist (Bertolucci, 1963)
The Gospel According to St. Matthew (Pasolini, 1964)
The Leopard (Visconti, 1963)
Fellini Satyricon (Fellini, 1969)
Once Upon a Time in America (Leone, 1984)
Once Upon a Time in the West (Leone, 1968)
Otto e Mezzo – 8 1/2 (Fellini, 1963)
Rocco and His Brothers (Visconti, 1960)
Rome, Open City (Rossellini, 1945)
Romeo and Juliet (Zeffirelli, 1968)
Senso (Visconti, 1954)
La Traviata (Zeffirelli, 1983)
Umberto D (DeSica, 1953)
I Vitelloni (Fellini, 1953)
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