The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week: NYC Repertory Cinema Picks, May 20-26

05/20/2015 10:39 AM |

bandits of orgosolo

Bandits of Orgosolo (1961)
Directed by Vittorio de Seta
After WWII, directors in Italy quickly turned their cameras to complicated, downtrodden heroes to tell the world how common people live in a defeated economy. Vittorio de Seta, not to be confused with cinema giant Vittorio de Sica, was one of the few directors to carry on the spirit of Italian neorealism much past the country’s immediate postwar malaise. His first feature takes place in the poverty-ridden municipality of Orgosolo in Sardinia, filled with both beautiful hills and an abundance of crime. When destitute shepherd Michele is framed for murder by roving marauders, he must flee to the countryside and survive by any means possible. De Seta shoots the film like a quiet Biblical parable, allowing the sheep, hills, and Michele’s moral quandary to steal the show. Zach Lewis (May 23, 7pm at The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Titanus studio retrospective)