L'Isola dei Famosi ("The Celebrity Island" or "The Island of the Famous"), is an Italian reality show version of the reality show Celebrity Survivors; which in turn derives from the Swedish television series Expedition Robinson conceived by Charlie Parsons in 1997. The Italian version began September 19, 2003 on Rai 2. The first eight editions of the program were conducted by Simona Ventura, while the conductor of the ninth edition was Nicola Savino. Because of budget problems in Rai, the program was canceled by the schedules in 2012. After nine editions broadcast on Rai 2, Mediaset bought the rights to the program by transmitting the tenth edition from February 2, 2015, after three-year break from Italian schedules. The new edition is conducted by Alessia Marcuzzi and is still produced by Magnolia.
Runtime: 180 minutes
L'Isola dei Famosi - Malèna - Netflix
Malèna is a 2000 romantic comedy-drama film starring Monica Bellucci and Giuseppe Sulfaro. It was directed and written by Giuseppe Tornatore from a story by Luciano Vincenzoni. It won the Grand Prix at the 2001 Cabourg Film Festival.
L'Isola dei Famosi - Plot - Netflix
The film begins in 1940 in a little Sicilian town on the day 12-year-old Renato experiences three major events: Italy enters World War II; he gets a new bike; and he first sees the beautiful young woman known as Malèna. Her husband is in the forces in Africa, fighting the British, and she lives alone in their house on the outskirts. Because of her looks and her solitary state, she is an object of lust for all the town's males and of hatred for its females. She keeps an eye on her infirm old father who lives alone in the town, until he gets an anonymous note slandering her, upon which he rejects her. Renato becomes obsessed with Malèna, spying on her in her house and stalking her when she leaves it. To fuel his erotic fantasies, he steals some of her underwear from her clothes line. When his parents find it in his bedroom, they go wild and try to break his fixation. Malèna gets the news that her husband is killed, adding grief to her isolation. Rumours grow around her, which she unwisely helps by allowing an unmarried air force officer to visit her after dark. When she is denounced and put on trial, the officer sends testimony that he was nothing more than an occasional friend. The betrayal hurts, but Malèna says nothing to condemn him. After her acquittal, her advocate calls round and rapes her. Renato decides to be Malèna's protector, asking God and his saints to watch over her and performing little acts of vengeance against her detractors. He does not realise that his views of her are little better than those of the townspeople, and has no idea how Malèna herself feels. Meanwhile, the war reaches Sicily and the town is bombed by the Allies, killing her father. Now penniless and universally scorned, with nobody willing to give her work, she sinks into prostitution. The townsfolk are happy to see her as a whore rather than a dangerous widow. When Nazi forces occupy the town and Renato encounters his idol with two German soldiers, he faints. His mother decides it is demonic possession, taking him to a priest for exorcism, but his more practical father takes the lad to the town brothel. There he fantasises that the prostitute initiating him is Malèna. The Germans leave, and to ecstatic cheers American troops enter the town. The women storm the brothel and drag out Malèna, ripping off her clothes, beating her and cutting off her hair. To escape further persecution, she leaves the hostile town. A few days later, her husband Nino, who has survived as a prisoner of war but lost an arm, comes back looking for her. His house has been taken over by displaced people and nobody can tell him how to find his wife. Renato leaves him an anonymous note saying that she still loves him but has suffered misfortunes and gone to the city of Messina. A year later, Nino and Malèna are strolling happily through the town. Struck by her courage and devotion, seeing her now as a wife who looks more matronly, people begin speaking of her with more respect. When she goes to the market, the women say good morning and call her madam. Walking home, some fruit falls from her bag and Renato rushes to pick it up. He wishes her good luck and she gives him an enigmatic half-smile, the only time either has ever spoken to or looked openly at the other. In a final voice-over, the aged Renato reflects that he has known and loved many women and has forgotten all of them. The only one he can never forget is Malèna.
L'Isola dei Famosi - References - Netflix