If you have not yet been on vacation or have come back from it, but are looking to extend the feeling of endless summer, sunny bliss and an all-encompassing happiness before throwing yourself into the work, then take note of a couple of movies that capture the beauty of Italy.
The recent addition to the collection is Luca Guadagnino’s drama "Call Me by Your Name" (2017), which, in addition to a sensual coming-of-age love story of 17-year-old Elio and 24-year-old Oliver, introduces the viewer to a magical beauty of the small town of Crema in Lombardy.
A cult classic and one of the most beautiful films of the Italian collection is "The Talented Mr Ripley" (1999), directed by Anthony Minghella and starring Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow. A psychological thriller, which is a remake of "Purple Noon" (1960) and based on a novel by American writer Patricia Highsmith, can be included in an exemplary fashion collection. As a bonus, you will thoroughly enjoy the virtual walks in Rome, San Remo and Etna.
Another work of Luca Guadagnino, "A Bigger Splash" (2015), immerses us in the atmosphere of the island of Pantelleria near Sardinia, where a love quadrangle breaks out, inspired by the cult movie "The Swimming Pool" (1969) with Alain Delon in the title role. By the way, you may want to watch the original again too, traveling this time to the Cote d'Azur and a villa in Saint-Tropez, surrounded by greenery.
"The Great Beauty" (2013) by Paolo Sorrentino seems to be designed to make you want to go to Rome straight away… while the Eternal City has not lost its cultural and historical heritage in these cruel modern times.
And finally—one of the masterpieces of the great Bernardo Bertolucci—"Stealing Beauty" (1995), drawing us with the landscapes of Tuscany and a subtle, magnificent story of finding oneself, one's roots and one's love.