If you’ve ever studied a Romance language, you probably got told early on that this language group is not so-called because it is “romantic” but because the language group derives from the language spoken by the Roman Empire. We are here to tell you…..that this is a lie!  This Valentine’s Day, admit what we all know–Romance languages are romantic!–and watch one of our selected Romance-language romance films with your Valentine.

We already presented a selection of Spanish films and French films. Now, we present a trio of Italian-language romantic films streaming now! And don’t be surprised if they put you in the mood to sign up for our next round of Italian classes beginning in March ;).

 

Story of a Love Affair (Cronaca di un amore)

Michelangelo Antonioni (1950, Italy), Amazon

Antonioni’s stunning debut feature and a classic of Italian cinema. A wealthy, jealous husband hires a private eye to investigate his wife, inadvertently reconnecting her with the great love of her youth. They begin a passionate affair that eclipses anything they have experienced before, and leads them to contemplate murder…

 

Love in the City (L’amore in città)

Carlo Lizzani, Cesare Zavattini, Dino Risi, Francesco Masseli, Frederico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni (1953, Italy), Kanopy

A classic anthology film that is made up of five short films about love in Rome, all by the top Italian filmmakers of the 1950s. Ranging in tone from light-hearted to very serious, this is the perfect Italian film to watch with the intellectual and/or film buff in your love-life.

 

Swept Away (Travolti da un insolito destino nell’azzurro mare d’agosto)

Lina Wertmüller (1974, Italy), Kanopy

A spoiled, rich woman charters a boat driven by a young communist. When they run aground on a desert island, their initial antagonism begins to be overcome by feelings of passion. An intertwining of sex and politics that results in a thought-provoking comedy.