Movies about Europe

These are some of the movies I found on the Viking website that I plan to watch before my journey:

Youth (2015)
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
When two longtime friends go on vacation in Switzerland, they spend their time in an elegant hotel sharing stories about their children, other hotel guests and their day-to-day lives. Fred, a retired conductor and composer, learns that someone wants to hear him conduct again, while Mick, a film director, is determined to finish the screenplay for his final film. Filmed in multiple locations including Kanton Bern, Switzerland; Rome, Italy; and Venice, Italy.

Francois Grimaldi Statue in Monaco

Grace of Monaco (2014)
Director: Olivier Dahan
This French-American film traces the glamorous life of Grace Kelly, the American actress who left her film career to marry Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The movie includes sweeping shots of the French Riviera. Nicole Kidman plays the starring role. Filmed in multiple locations including France, Italy and Monaco.

Maikol Yordan Traveling Lost (2014)
Director: Miguel Alejandro Gómez
Maikol Yordan’s family farm is close to being sold by a bank. With the hope of paying off the bank debt, Maikol enters contests and promotions and wins a trip to Europe. Originally titled Maikol Yordan de Viaje Perdido. Filmed in Costa Rica, England, France and Italy.

Walking on Sunshine (2014)
Directors: Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini
Set in a stunning coastal village in present-day Italy, this musical romance follows Maddie, a woman who decides to marry a man after a speedy romance. When Maddie invites her sister, Taylor, to the wedding, it is revealed that the man Maddie is going to marry is the same man with whom Taylor had a holiday fling years earlier. Filmed in the Salento region of Puglia.

Fanny (2013)
Director: Daniel Auteuil
The second part of the “Marseille trilogy,” Fanny is now abandoned by Marius and pregnant. Her mother and Marius’s father, César, encourages Fanny to open herself up to the advances of an older, wealthy man. Filmed in Marseille, France.

Marius (2013)
Director: Daniel Auteuil
Marius owns and runs the La Marine Bar with his father, but dreams of setting off to a faraway land. He has been secretly in love with Fanny since childhood, and she him. When Marius is offered a job on an exploratory ship, Fanny confesses her love for him and Marius must choose between her and the sea. Filmed in Marseille, France.

The Great Beauty (2013)
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
After his 65th birthday, witty and arrogant novelist Jep Gambardella is blindsided by an ex-lover’s secret. He begins re-examining his lavish lifestyle (consisting of nightclubs, parties and cafés), looking for a different side of Rome. Originally titled La grande bellezza. Filmed in various locations throughout Rome.

Rome: Spanish Steps

Biutiful (2010)
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Uxbal, a single father of two, is forced to reckon with his life in order to escape crime in underground Barcelona and regain spiritual insight. Filmed in Barcelona and Navarra.

Barcelona Spain

Eat Pray Love (2010)
Director: Ryan Murphy
A woman realizes how unhappy her marriage is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on an around-the-world journey to “find herself.” Filmed in multiple locations including Bali, Indonesia; Delhi, India; New York City, New York; and Rome, Italy.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Director: Woody Allen
While on a summer holiday in Spain, girlfriends Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) take a tour of wildly romantic Barcelona and become enamored with the same painter (Javier Bardem), unaware that his tempestuous ex-wife (Penélope Cruz) is about to re-enter the picture. Cruz won an Oscar for her performance, and the film won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture. Filmed in multiple locations including Barcelona.

Gaudi's Sagrada Familia

Casino Royale (2006)
Director: Martin Campbell
In Daniel Craig’s first role playing James Bond, the British agent travels to an extravagant Montenegrin casino in order to strip the film’s villain of all his money. BAFTA Film Award winner for Best Sound and nominated for Best Screenplay. Filmed in multiple locations including Prague, Czech Republic; Venice, Italy; and Lake Como, Italy.

Alexander (2004)
Director: Oliver Stone
Based on the life of Alexander the Great, this epic historic drama with Colin Farrell in the title role focuses on the king’s great conquests and his relationships with his parents; his wife, Roxana; and his tutor, Aristotle.

Marseille (2004)
Director: Angela Schanelec
When Sophie wants to get away from Berlin, she swaps her apartment for one in Marseille so she can photograph the city. Filmed in Berlin, Germany and Marseille, France.

The Horseman (2003)
Director: Branko Ivanda
This fascinating film is set in the early 18th century in the place where the borders of the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Venice meet. The action and conflicts examine the struggles of living between two empires and two faiths: Catholicism and Islam. Originally titled Konjanik. Filmed in Zadar.

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
Director: Audrey Wells
Based on Frances Mayes’s best-selling memoir, this lighthearted film tells the story of a recently divorced writer, played by Diane Lane, who buys a Tuscan villa with the hope of changing her life. Filmed in multiple locations including Rome and Salerno.

Vino con Vista Florence and Tuscany

The Spanish Apartment (2002)
Director: Cédric Klapisch
This French-Spanish film is the first in a trilogy that focuses on Xavier, a young economics student who travels to Barcelona for a European exchange program. Xavier finds an apartment with six international students and is immersed into a cultural melting pot. Originally titled L’Auberge Espagnole. Filmed in Barcelona.

Bread and Tulips (2000)
Director: Silvio Soldini
This romantic comedy follows a housewife who gets left behind during a family vacation. As she makes her way home, she impulsively detours to Venice and builds a new life—only to be admonished by her sister to return to her old one. Originally titled Pane e tulipani. Filmed in multiple locations including Rome, Salerno and Venice.

All About My Mother (1999)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
In this comedy-drama, a nurse who oversees organ transplants loses her son in a car crash. To break the news to the boy’s father, whom he never knew, she journeys to Barcelona, revisiting colorful characters from her old life and meeting new ones along the way. The film won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. Filmed in multiple locations including A Coruña, Barcelona and Madrid.

Madrid Spain

Marsal (1999)
Director: Vinko Brešan
In this light comedy, the ghost of revolutionary Marshall Tito appears to some citizens on the Dalmatian island of Vis. As news spreads, the mayor sees the event as a tourist attraction and, to capitalize on Tito’s ghost, transforms Vis into a Communist-era outpost.

Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Director: Roberto Benigni
In this Oscar winner for Best Leading Actor and Best Foreign Language Film, a Jewish Italian father shields his son from the horrors of life in a concentration camp by making up stories about the daily events for the boy to reinterpret. Originally titled La vita è bella. Filmed in multiple locations including Tuscany.

Marius and Jeannette (1997)
Director: Robert Guédiguian
When Marius and Jeannette, two people who are both struggling in life, meet, they learn how to be happy again. Originally titled Marius et Jeannette. This film won six awards, including Best Actress, at the César Awards and Best Film at the Lumières Awards. Filmed in Marseille, France.

The Wings of the Dove (1997)
Director: Iain Softley
Based on Henry James’s novel, this intelligent film follows American heiress Milly Theale, played by Helena Bonham Carter. After she is stricken ill, she travels to Venice, where family and friends swirl around her with both good intentions and bad. Filmed in multiple locations including Venice.

Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Director: Woody Allen
The lives of an upper-class Manhattan family are conveyed in song as they travel from New York to Paris to Venice in this whimsical musical comedy starring Julia Roberts, Alan Alda, Edward Norton and Goldie Hawn. Filmed in Venice and various locations throughout England.

How the War Started on My Island (1996)
Director: Vinko Brešan
In this bold black comedy, it is 1991 on an unnamed Croatian island and the Croatian parliament has declared the island’s independence from Yugoslavia. But conscripts from the Yugoslav People’s Army barricade themselves in a garrison, refusing to leave. Originally titled Kako je počeo rat na mom otoku. Filmed in Primosten and Šibenik.

Land and Freedom (1995)
Director: Ken Loach
In the spring of 1936, a young unemployed journalist leaves his hometown of Liverpool to join the fight against fascism in Spain. This film won two Cannes Film Festival awards. Filmed in Mirambel, Spain and Liverpool, England.

The Postman (1994)
Directors: Michael Radford and Massimo Troisi
A simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering mail to a famous poet; he uses this gift to woo the local beauty, Beatrice. Originally titled Il postino. Filmed in Naples and Sicily.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Director: Steven Spielberg
With nothing more than a diary that contains clues and a map showing the location of the famous Holy Grail, Indiana Jones and museum curator Marcus Brody set out to find Jones’s father and the Holy Grail before the Nazis do. Filmed in multiple locations including Andalusia, Spain; Venice, Italy; and Petra, Jordan.

Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977)
Director: Vincent McEveety
In the third installment of this beloved Disney franchise, “Herbie the Love Bug”—an anthropomorphized Volkswagen Beetle—joins a rally from Paris to Monte Carlo with his race car–driving owner. The race is loosely based on the famed Monte Carlo Rally, which culminates in the Mediterranean city. Filmed in multiple locations including Monte Carlo, Monaco and Paris, France.

 

My Friends (1975)
Director: Mario Monicelli
Childhood friends Necchi, Perozzi, Melandri and Mascetti all live in Florence and spend as much time together as possible, traveling around Tuscany telling terrible jokes to anyone who will listen. Melandri falls in love with a professor’s wife; the love does not last, but the professor ends up becoming a great friend to the four men. Originally titled Amici miei. Filmed in Florence.

Death in Venice (1971)
Director: Luchino Visconti
This faithful adaptation of Thomas Mann’s well-known novella depicts a work-obsessed composer seeking solace at a Venetian seaside resort who becomes infatuated with a beautiful adolescent, whom he follows through the city’s palazzi and medieval streets. Filmed in Venice.

If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969)
Director: Mel Stuart
A group of American tourists takes an 18-day guided bus tour of nine European countries (from London to Rome) and humor ensues. Filmed in multiple locations including London, Luxembourg, Rome and Venice.

Kaleidoscope (1966)
Director: Jack Smight
Warren Beatty and Susannah York star in this crime film about a playboy who infiltrates a manufacturer of playing cards so he can win big at card tables throughout Europe, including the famous Monte Carlo Casino where some of the movie was shot. Filmed in England.

Carthage in Flames (1960)
Director: Carmine Gallone
This Italian historic drama chronicles the final days of the Punic Wars as the Roman Empire descends upon Carthage. Filmed in Rome, Italy.

La Dolce Vita (1960)
Director: Federico Fellini
Fellini’s classic drama follows a journalist, played by Marcello Mastroianni, through Rome for seven days as he searches for love, happiness and the good life; widely considered one of the best films of all time, it features the famous scene in the Trevi Fountain with Anita Ekberg. Filmed in Rome.

Taylor Street Italian Festival 2012

Trevi Fountain at Taylor Street in Chicago

Summertime (1955)
Director: David Lean
Katharine Hepburn is an American schoolteacher who takes a dream trip to Venice and finds herself entangled and in love with a married man. Lean won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director. Both Hepburn and Lean received Academy Award nominations. Filmed in Venice.

To Catch a Thief (1955)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cary Grant and Grace Kelly star in this romantic thriller about a retired cat burglar trying to entrap another burglar who is preying on wealthy tourists on the French Riviera. Hitchcock nicely conveys the glamour and energy of Monte Carlo, and the movie won an Oscar for Best Cinematography. Filmed in multiple locations including France and Monaco.

Senso (1954)
Director: Luchino Visconti
A feast for the eyes set in 1860s Italy, this melodrama plays out against the atmospheric backdrop of Venice, from La Fenice Opera House to St. Mark’s Square. Filmed in Rome and Venice.

Roman Holiday (1953)
Director: William Wyler
Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck star in this romantic comedy about a reporter following a royal princess who is trying to remain incognita as she sightsees in Rome. Hepburn won a Best Actress Academy Award for her performance. Filmed in Rome.

Outlaw Girl (1950)
Director: Mario Camerini
Beppe Musolino is innocent but found guilty of murder. He escapes from prison and, while on the run, meets and falls in love with a village girl. Together they track down the people who were responsible for the guilty verdict. Originally titled Il Brigante Musolino. Filmed in Calabria, Italy.

The Bicycle Thief (1948)
Director: Vittorio De Sica
This moving film follows a poor, desperate father as he searches post-war Rome for his stolen bicycle; without it, he will lose the job that allows him to provide for his family. Filmed in Rome.

Capitoline Hill In Rome Italy

The Holy Queen (1947)
Directors: Henrique Campos, Aníbal Contreiras and Rafael Gil
One of many popular 1940s Spanish costume films, this historic drama portrays the life of Isabel of Aragon, the Spanish-born 14th-century queen of Portugal who rectified peace among different parties of the Portuguese court. Originally titled Reina santa.

The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo (1935)
Director: Stephen Roberts
In this romantic comedy set after World War I, a beautiful young woman tricks a Russian aristocrat into returning to Monte Carlo after he has broken the bank at its casino. But after stealing his money, she falls in love with him. This film features nice shots of early 20th-century Monte Carlo. Filmed in Monte Carlo.

Money for Nothing (1932)
Director: Monty Banks
In this prince-and-the-pauper story, a down-and-out gambler is mistaken for a wealthy man in Monte Carlo. Filmed in England.

Leave a comment

Filed under Italy Travel Guides

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.