The 100 most beautiful movies filmed in Lombardia
The countryside of Cremona and Mantua, expanding over a plateau in Lodi and Pavia, exude old world charm and have served as the backdrop in films portraying a rural and industrious Italy.
Bernardo Bertolulcci's 1900 or Alberto Lattuada's The Mill on the Po show us landscapes that ignite a nostalgia for the simple Italy of yesteryear.
We can't forget the cities: Pavia's romantic Ponte Vecchio, Lodi's Piazza della Vittoria, Mantua's Palazzo Ducale and Palazzo Te, and Cremona's "Torrazzo" and luthier workshops.
Discover these and more in the guide, "Lombardia Superstar. 100 films, 1 region."
- Novecento (1976) Mantua's Countryside The countryside of Mantua, in the open spaces of Lombardia near Emilia Romagna of the early 1900's. Two children are born in the same building on different sides: Alfredo (child of the owners, the Berlinghieri) and Olmo (child of Rosina, a countrywoman). Bernardo Bertolucci tells the story of three generations, launched in the class struggle during a century of Italian politics.
- Radiofreccia (1998) Ponte di Barche di Torre d'Oglio (Mantua) A unique old bridge is immortalized in the Luciano Ligabue film Radiofreccia, which tells the story of a free radio formed by a group of friends in the 1970's. The storyline unravels around the Ponte di Barche di Torre d'Oglio, a bridge connecting Mantua to the town of Viadana.
- Three Sisters (1988) Pavia The film inspired by Chekhov's novel of the same name, unfolds in Pavia, a university town in the screenplay written by Margarethe Von Trotta and Dacia Maraini. Pedaling along the banks of the Ticino River, or just walking under the arcades of the University, Von Trotta shows us a raw and simple view of the city of Pavia.
- Sunflower (1970) Ponte delle barche, Bereguardo (PV) During the Second World War, Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni, one of the greatest pairs in the history of Italian cinema meet at the "Boscaccio". Rolling along the shores of the river the two make it to the Ponte delle Barche di Bereguardo after an air raid. This lovely bridge is one of the historic constructions on the Ticino river and is great to visit in spring or autumn.
- Ghost of Love (1963) Pavia, Ponte Vecchio Alberto Sordi takes on the role of teacher Antonio Mombelli in this film by Elio Petri. Mombelli, passionate about teaching, is convinced to open a shoe factory by his wife, who complains of the teacher's low salary. Not cut out for the job, the factory soon goes up in air. The natural choice for such a film had to be Vigevano, a city considered to be the capital of shoe-making. If you don't believe us, check out the International Shoe Museum and don't forget to stop by the gorgeous Piazza Ducale, one of the most beautiful plazas in Italy.
- Il maestro di Vigevano (1963) Piazza Ducale, Vigevano (PV) Alberto Sordi plays teacher Antonio Mombelli in this film by Elio Petri. Mombelli likes teaching but his wife complains about the increasingly low quality of life that a teacher's salary can provide. She persuades him to open a footwear factory, but he is not any good at it and the new venture soon goes bankrupt. Which city is better to tell a story about footwear than Vigevano? It was the world footwear capital for a long time.
- Teorema (1968) Pavia and Lodi countryside Pier Paolo Pasolini's movie is set in the countryside between Lodi and Pavia and caused a great outrage at the time it was produced. It tells the story of a rich industrialist family who gets shaken with the arrival of a mysterious 25 year old silent and fascinating man.
- Oedipus Rex (1967) Sant'Angelo Lodigiano Country life scenes were recorded at Sant'Angelo Lodigiano during production of Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Oedipus Rex" from 1967. It provides the director with the perfect setting for this film that re-enacts the ancient Greek tragedy where a son ends up killing his own father and marrying his own mother.
- Benvenuti al Nord (2012) Lodi, Auditorium Renzo Piano Lodi's Auditorium designed by star architect Renzo Piano is where the Post Office convention dedicated to southern employees of the movie "Benvenuti al Nord" di Luca Miniero takes place. It is a sequel of "Benvenuti al Sud", from 2010.
- Vallanzasca: gli angeli del male (2011) Lodi Kim Rossi Stuart plays, in this movie by Michele Placido, the infamous crime boss of the Comasina, Renato Vallanzasca, also known as the "the handsome René". The two banks that the outlaw and his accomplices rob are actually the Post Office of Via Volturno and the Police Station of Corso Umberto in Lodi.
- La bella di Lodi (1963) Lodi, Church of San Francesco Director Mario Missiroli narrates the relationship between Roberta "the beautiful", daughter of rich Lombard businesspeople, and Franco, young mechanic that she knew during vacations in Versilia. The film features locations such as Lodi's railway station where Roberta gets Francl arrested under the suspicion that he is trying to blackmail her and the Piazza Castello Police Station, where Franco is detained. The "beautiful's" grandparents celebrate their silver anniversary at the Church of San Francesco.
- La donna del fiume (1954) San Colombano al Lambro This film consolidates Sofia Loren definitely, launching her into Hollywood stardom. She is the river woman, a beautiful rice paddy worker who falls for the charms of a policeman who then abandons her and their small child. Outdoor filming was done in one of the best preserved farmhouses in the area, the cascina of San Bruno at San Colombano al Lambro.
- Bianco, rosso e..(1972) Lodi Sofia Loren plays a nun this time. Sister Germana, after spending several years in Libya, comes back to Italy and starts working at a hospital in Lodi. Here lies Annibale Pezzi, a diseased young and troublemaking communist. Regardless of their opposing ideas and opinions, they will end up falling in love.
- La tragedia di un uomo ridicolo (1981) Cremona's countryside Ugo Tognazzi plays Primo Spaggiari, a dairy industry entrepreneur from the Lower Po Area and protagonist of "A ridiculous man's tragedy". A terrorist group kidnapps his son for a billion Liras ransom. With the passing days he believes his son to be dead and chooses to try to put a scam in motion. He will use the money gathered from loan sharks for saving his failing company instead of paying the ransom. The fictional company is the former comunal dairy farm of Piadena.
- La febbre (2005) Cremona Alessandro D'Altari's The Fever is perhaps the most Cremonese film of all time. The views of the city, the dialogues between protagonists in local dialect and the beautiful aereal shots of Cremona by day and night are a first glance of this beautiful city and its landmarks: the Cathedral, the Torrazzo and City Hall. The protagonist is Mario Bettini, a young man full of hope and enthusiasm who will have to deal with nepotism and burocracy.
- La cura del gorilla (2006) Cremona Director Sandro Dazieri sets this thriller in his native Cremona. He gives us some beautiful shots of it. Sandrone, nicknamed "Gorilla" due to his occasional work as a bouncer, suffers since childhood of a dissociative personality disorder and is dragged into a felonious drugs, prostitution and dirty money affair.
- The Red Violin (1996) Cremona The story of a violin that changes owners through the passing of centuries starts in Cremona, a city with a rich musical instrument making tradition. It is divided in several parts, starting with the luthier Nicolò Bussotti, who creates a violin as a gift for his still unborn son. Both mother and child die during labor. Unfortunately, the violin's curse spreads over its eventual owners.
- Ladyhawke (1985) Fortress of Soncino (CR) The castle of the Bishop of Aguillon, who out of jealousy casts a spell on the protagonist of "Ladyhawke", fantasy film from 1985, is the Fortress of Soncino. Located 40 kms away from Cremona, Soncino is one of the most beautiful villages in the country, with a historic medieval center that is still encircled by a XVth Century wall.
- Il mestiere delle armi (2001) Mantova The Profession of Arms, period film set during the age of the Gonzaga that narrates the life events of notorious leader Giovanni delle Bande Nere, who futilely seeks to stop the march of the Landsknecht over the Northern Po in 1526. Mantua's Ducal Palace featured prominently in the movie. Nowadays, the Gonzaga family's splendid holiday home can be visited all year long.
- Il portaborse (1991) Mantova Mantua's Palazzo Te is where a corrupt minister played by Nanni Moretti launches an aggresive electoral campaign in "The Yes Man", a 1991 story in which morals and power clash.
- The mill on the Po (1949) Mantua's countryside Neorealist moviemaker Antonio Lattuada takes us to Mantua's countryside, researching for peasant life along the banks of the Po River. It stars two peasant families: the Scacerni and the Verginesi who deal with numerous adversities.
- Centochiodi (2007) Mantua's countryside In this 2007 film, a fascinating Raz Degan plays a young, attractive university teacher who is wanted by the police for an unusual crime: he literally nailed several ancient manuscripts to the library's floor. The fugitive academic finds safe haven in Bagnolo San Vito, on the shores of the Po river, where a small community gives him shelter.
- La memoria del domani. Il patrimonio Unesco della Lombardia (2015) Unesco sites in Lombardy An extraordinary voyage through 10 Unesco Sites in Lombardy, made in collaboration with the Experimental Cinematography Center and features exceptional testimonials linked to the territories where Lombard Unesco Sites are located.
- Magic Card (2015) Pavia Aerial shots of the Ponte Vecchio, Piazza Duomo, the Cathedral, the Arnaboldi Dome: Pavia shines again in the silver screen. This time due to a Italo-Chinese production in which Maria Grazia is a business woman that tries to defend Italian manufacturing. An illegal (and fictional) credit card racket between Shangai Expo 2010 and Milan 2015 give the movie its title.
- Twenty again (2015) Mantua The korean protagonist couple of "Twenty again" stops by Mantua. Actress Le Tae-Ra, with her delicate face and elegant posture, and actor Lin Seung-Woo, who is also quite famous in his homeland. Filming takes place at Palazzo Te's Chamber of Giants, one of the building's most beautiful rooms that can be visited al year long, where both lovers admire its magnificent frescoes.
- Chiedimi se sono felice Cremona, Ponchielli Theater Italian comedians Aldo, Giovanni and Giacomo record their pieces inside Cremona's Ponchielli Theater, restored after a fire destroyed it in 1806, then it became one of the best vintage theatres with a horseshoe-shaped hall, four boxes and a gallery.
- Rigoletto a Mantova (2015) Mantua Italian comedians Aldo, Giovanni and Giacomo record their pieces inside Cremona's Ponchielli Theater, restored after a fire destroyed it in 1806, then it became one of the best vintage theatres with a horseshoe-shaped hall, four boxes and a gallery.
- Stradivari (1988) Museo del Violino, Cremona Feature film dedicated to Antonio Stradivari, the greatest luthier to ever live, who even though using the same wood and tools as his contemporaries, he managed to create instruments of unparalleled quality that nowadays are worth between two to three million Euros each. Hall number 5 at Cremona's Violin Museum is a treasure trove where beautiful pieces crafted by Stradivari and masters such as Amati and Guarnieri can be found.