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100 Italian films to be saved (Italian: 100 film italiani da salvare) is a list compiled in 2008 by a group of Italian critics including the famous Paolo Mereghetti and Morando Morandini. The project was supported by the Venice Film Festival.

It contains only the films from the glorious era, 1942-78. The idea that Older Is Better is underlying for the critical assessment of the Italian cinema.

It starts with the film Quattro passi fra le nuvole by Alessandro Blasetti, a proto-neorealist film. It ends with with Padre Padrone and The Tree of Wooden Clogs which won a Palme d'Or in 1977 and 1978 respectively. After that Italian cinema soured.

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The list

  1. Quattro passi fra le nuvole by Alessandro Blasetti (1942)
  2. Ossessione by Luchino Visconti (1943)
  3. Rome, Open City by Roberto Rossellini (1945)
  4. Paisan by Roberto Rossellini (1946)
  5. Shoeshine by Vittorio de Sica (1946)
  6. L'onorevole Angelina by Luigi Zampa (1947)
  7. Bicycle Thieves by Vittorio de Sica (1948)
  8. La Terra Trema by Luchino Visconti (1948)
  9. Riso amaro by Giuseppe De Santis (1949)
  10. La città dolente by Mario Bonnard (1949)
  11. Cielo sulla palude by Augusto Genina (1949)
  12. Stromboli, terra di Dio by Roberto Rossellini (1949)
  13. Catene by Raffaello Matarazzo (1949)
  14. Il cammino della speranza by Pietro Germi (1950)
  15. Domenica d'agosto by Luciano Emmer (1950)
  16. Cronaca di un amore by Michelangelo Antonioni (1950)
  17. Luci del varietà by Alberto Lattuada and Federico Fellini (1950)
  18. Prima comunione by Alessandro Blasetti (1950)
  19. Bellissima by Luchino Visconti (1951)
  20. Due soldi di speranza by Renato Castellani (1951)
  21. Guardie e ladri by Steno e Mario Monicelli (1951)
  22. Miracolo a Milano by Vittorio De Sica (1951)
  23. La famiglia Passaguai by Aldo Fabrizi (1951)
  24. Umberto D by Vittorio De Sica (1952)
  25. Europe '51 by Roberto Rossellini (1952)
  26. Lo sceicco bianco by Federico Fellini (1952)
  27. Totò a colori by Steno (1952)
  28. Don Camillo by Julien Duvivier (1952)
  29. Pane, amore e fantasia by Luigi Comencini (1953)
  30. I Vitelloni by Federico Fellini (1953)
  31. Napoletani a Milano by Eduardo De Filippo (1953)
  32. Febbre di vivere by Claudio Gora (1953)
  33. La provinciale by Mario Soldati (1953)
  34. Carosello napoletano by Ettore Giannini (1953)
  35. Il sole negli occhi by Antonio Pietrangeli (1953)
  36. La spiaggia by Alberto Lattuada (1954)
  37. The Gold of Naples by Vittorio De Sica (1954)
  38. Un americano a Roma by Steno (1954)
  39. L'arte di arrangiarsi by Luigi Zampa (1954)
  40. Senso by Luchino Visconti (1954)
  41. La Strada by Federico Fellini (1954)
  42. Una donna libera by Vittorio Cottafavi (1954)
  43. Gli sbandati by Francesco Maselli (1955)
  44. Un eroe dei nostri tempi by Mario Monicelli (1955)
  45. Poveri ma belli by Dino Risi (1956)
  46. Il Grido by Michelangelo Antonioni (1957)
  47. Nights of Cabiria by Federico Fellini (1957)
  48. Big Deal on Madonna Street by Mario Monicelli (1958)
  49. Arrangiatevi! by Mauro Bolognini (1959)
  50. La grande guerra by Mario Monicelli (1959)
  51. I magliari by Francesco Rosi (1959)
  52. Tutti a casa by Luigi Comencini (1960)
  53. La Dolce Vita by Federico Fellini (1960)
  54. Rocco and His Brothers by Luchino Visconti (1960)
  55. La ragazza con la valigia by Valerio Zurlini (1960)
  56. La lunga notte del '43 by Florestano Vancini (1960)
  57. Il bell'Antonio by Mauro Bolognini (1960)
  58. Una vita difficile by Dino Risi (1961)
  59. Divorce Italian Style by Pietro Germi (1961)
  60. Il posto by Ermanno Olmi (1961)
  61. Accattone by Pier Paolo Pasolini (1961)
  62. Leoni al sole by Vittorio Caprioli (1961)
  63. Il sorpasso by Dino Risi (1962)
  64. Salvatore Giuliano by Francesco Rosi (1962)
  65. L Eclisse by Michelangelo Antonioni (1962)
  66. Mafioso by Alberto Lattuada (1962)
  67. I mostri by Dino Risi (1963)
  68. Le mani sulla città by Francesco Rosi (1963)
  69. by Federico Fellini (1963)
  70. The Leopard by Luchino Visconti (1963)
  71. La donna scimmia by Marco Ferreri (1963)
  72. Chi lavora è perduto d by Tinto Brass (1963)
  73. La vita agra by Carlo Lizzani (1964)
  74. I pugni in tasca by Marco Bellocchio (1965)
  75. I Knew Her Well by Antonio Pietrangeli (1965)
  76. Comizi d'amore by Pier Paolo Pasolini (1965)
  77. Signore & signori by Pietro Germi (1966)
  78. Uccellacci e uccellini by Pier Paolo Pasolini (1966)
  79. The Battle of Algiers by Gillo Pontecorvo (1966)
  80. La Cina è vicina by Marco Bellocchio (1967)
  81. Dillinger è morto by Marco Ferreri (1968)
  82. Banditi a Milano by Carlo Lizzani (1968)
  83. Il medico della mutua by Luigi Zampa (1968)
  84. Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion by Elio Petri (1970)
  85. The Conformist by Bernardo Bertolucci (1970)
  86. L'udienza by Marco Ferreri (1971)
  87. Diario di un maestro by Vittorio De Seta (1972)
  88. Il caso Mattei by Francesco Rosi (1972)
  89. Lo scopone scientifico by Luigi Comencini (1972)
  90. Nel nome del padre by Marco Bellocchio (1972)
  91. Amarcord by Federico Fellini (1973)
  92. C'eravamo tanto amati by Ettore Scola (1974)
  93. Pane e cioccolata by Franco Brusati (1974)
  94. Fantozzi by Luciano Salce (1975)
  95. Novecento by Bernardo Bertolucci (1976)
  96. Cadaveri eccellenti by Francesco Rosi (1976)
  97. A Special Day by Ettore Scola (1977)
  98. Un borghese piccolo piccolo by Mario Monicelli (1977)
  99. Padre Padrone by Vittorio and Paolo Taviani (1977)
  100. The Tree of Wooden Clogs by Ermanno Olmi (1978)
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