1958 Italian films

Here’s a complete list of Italian films of 1958, drawn from a mixture of Anica and Cinematografo. There’s a lot of misinformation around about release dates, so what I’ve stuck to here is the initial release date. Even this, though, is somewhat confusing, especially when you get into the month by month analysis and look at international co-productions. Most databases stick to the date of release in the main country of origin, which is rather vague, but it’s a practise I’ll stick with for ease. Anyone who followed the previous genre timeline project will notice that this list is very different to the version used then. That’s because the sources are so inconsistent. Cinematografo, for instance, lists over 40 films as 1958 releases which were actually released (or certified) in 1957 or 1959 (and even includes one film from 1940 and one film from 1965).

This is really just an introductory list. What I’m going to do next is (a) take a look at some general stats to give an impression of what was happening in the year and (b) start looking at the films in a little more detail, month by month. So we’ll start with January 1958… So I’d hold off making comments on the films here, and let’s deal with them as they come…

  • LA LEGGE DEL MITRA : Adelchi Bianchi, Roberto Mauri, aka Lost Lives
  • Sotto la Croce del Sud : Adriano Zancanella
  • Un ettaro di cielo : Aglauco Casadio
  • LA TEMPESTA : Alberto Lattuada, aka The Tempest
  • America pagana : Aldo Buzzi, Federico Patellani
  • UNA VITA : Alexandre Astruc, aka End of Desire
  • LO SPECCHIO A DUE FACCE : Andre Cayette, aka The Mirror Has Two Faces
  • SENZA FAMIGLIA : Andre Michel, aka The Adventures of Remi
  • Amore e guai : Angelo Dorigo
  • GLI AVVENTURIERI DELL’URANIO : Angio Zane
  • Ballerina e Buon Dio : Antonio Leonviola
  • Totò e Marcellino : Antonio Musu, aka Toto and Marcellino
  • Nata di marzo : Antonio Pietrangeli
  • Le signore preferiscono il mambo : Bernard Borderie
  • Domenica è sempre domenica : Camillo Mastrocinque, aka Sunday Is Always Sunday
  • E’ arrivata la parigina : Camillo Mastrocinque
  • LE BELLISSIME GAMBE DI SABRINA : Camillo Mastrocinque
  • Totò a Parigi : Camillo Mastrocinque, aka Toto in Paris
  • Capitan Fuoco : Carlo Campogalliani
  • Serenatella sciuè sciuè : Carlo Campogalliani
  • Anna di Brooklyn : Carlo Lastricati, Vittorio de Sica
  • La muraglia cinese : Carlo Lizzani
  • Caporale di giornata : Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia
  • Io, mammeta e tu : Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia
  • LA SPADA E LA CROCE : Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia, aka The Sword and the Cross
  • Tuppe tuppe, marescia’ : Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia
  • POLIKUSKA : Carmine Gallone
  • La trappola si chiude : Charles Brabant
  • La legge è legge : Christian-Jaque
  • IL GIOCATORE : Claude Autant-Lara, aka The Gambler
  • LA RAGAZZA DEL PECCATO : Claude Autant-Lara, aka Love Is My Profession
  • 3 straniere a Roma : Claudio Gora
  • Teresa Etienne : Denys de La Patellière
  • Avventura nell’arcipelago : Dino B Partesano
  • Venezia, la luna e tu : Dino Risi, aka Venice, the Moon and You
  • GLI ITALIANI SONO MATTI : DUILIO COLETTI, LUIS MARÍA DELGADO
  • AL SERVIZIO DELL’IMPERATORE : Edoardo Anton, Caro Canaille
  • Fortunella: Eduardo De Filippo
  • UN GIORNO IN EUROPA : Emilio Marsili
  • DUE SELVAGGI A CORTE : Ferdinando Baldi
  • RAGAZZI DELLA MARINA : Francesco de Robertis
  • La sfida : Francesco Rossi, aka The Challenge
  • L’eretico : Francisco Borja Moro
  • Amore a prima vista : Franco Rossi
  • Camping : Franco Zeffirelli
  • A PARIGI IN VACANZA : Georges Lacombe
  • AGLI ORDINI DEL RE : Georges Lampin
  • Sigfrido : Giacomo Gentilomo
  • RACCONTI D’ESTATE : Gianni Franciolini, aka Girls for the Summer
  • Carmela è una bambola : Gianni Puccini
  • Gli zitelloni : Giorgio Bianchi
  • La nipote Sabella : Giorgio Bianchi
  • 1940 Fuoco nel deserto : Giorgio Ferroni, aka
  • MARINAI, DONNE E GUAI : Giorgio Simonelli
  • Perfide… ma belle! (Napoli e mille canzoni) : Giorgio Simonelli
  • NAPOLI SOLE MIO : Giorgio Simonelli
  • VENTO DI PRIMAVERA : Giulio Del Torre, Arthur Maria Rabenalt
  • La mina : Giuseppe Bennati, aka The Mine
  • GIOVANE CANAGLIA : Giuseppe Vari
  • L’UOMO DAI CALZONI CORTI : Glauco Pellegrini
  • GLI AMANTI DEL DESERTO : Goffredo Alessandrini, León Klimovsky, Gianni Vernuccio, Fernando Cerchio, aka The Son of the Sheik
  • Kanjut Sar (La montagna che ha in vetta un lago) : Guido Guerrasio
  • Italia in Patagonia : Guido Guerrasio
  • RASCEL MARINE : Guido Leoni
  • Valeria, ragazza poco seria : Guido Malatesta
  • Nudi come Dio li creò : Hanns Schott-Schöbinger
  • ROMAREY: OPERAZIONE MAZAREF : Harald Reinl
  • LA MAJA DESNUDA : Henry Koster, aka The Naked Maja
  • MONTPARNASSE : Jacques Becker, aka The Lovers of Montparnasse
  • I FIGLI DI GENGIS-KHAN : Jacques Dupont, Pierre Schoendoerffer
  • Mio zio : Jacques Tati, aka My Uncle, Mr. Hulot
  • Pane, amore e Andalusia : Javier Seto, aka Bread, Love and Andalucia
  • IL COMMISSARIO MAIGRET : Jean Delannoy, aka Inspector Maigret
  • MAIGRET E IL CASO SAINT FIACRE : Jean Delannoy, aka Maigret and the St. Fiacre Case
  • I miserabili : Jean-Paul Le Chanois
  • L’uomo dall’ombrello bianco : Joaquín L. Romero Marchent
  • Schiavi del destino : John Mantley
  • Gli sparvieri del re : Joseph Lerner
  • Ho giurato di ucciderti : Juan Antonio Bardem
  • L’inferno di Pigalle : Leo Joannon, aka A Priest in Pigalle
  • Le insaziabili : Leo Joannon
  • Carosello di canzoni : Luigi Capuano
  • SORRISI E CANZONI : Luigi Capuano
  • Mogli pericolose : Luigi Comencini
  • LADRO LUI, LADRA LEI : Luigi Zampa
  • LA VIOLETERA : Luis Cesar Amadori
  • FESTA DI MAGGIO : Luis Saslavsky, aka The First Day of May
  • PECCATORI IN BLUE JEANS : Marcel Carne, aka Youthful Sinners
  • IL ROMANZO DI UN GIOVANE POVERO : Marino Girolami
  • QUANDO GLI ANGELI PIANGONO : Marino Girolami
  • I PREPOTENTI : Mario Amendola
  • L’AMORE NASCE A ROMA : Mario Amendola
  • LE DRITTE : Mario Amendola
  • Afrodite, dea dell’amore : Mario Bonnard
  • VIA COL… PARAVENTO : Mario Costa
  • SOLEDAD : Mario Craveri, Enrico Gras
  • COME TE MOVI TE FULMINO : Mario Mattoli, aka Move and I’ll Shoot
  • Totò, Peppino e le fanatiche : Mario Mattoli, aka Toto, Peppino and the Fanatics
  • I soliti ignoti : Mario Monicelli, aka Big Deal on Madonna Street
  • UN AMORE SENZA FINE : Mario Terribile, Luis Knaut
  • LA LEGGE DEL VIZIO : Maurice Cloche, aka Girls of the Night
  • GIOVANI MARITI : Mauro Bolognini, aka Young Husbands
  • IL MARITO : Nanni Loy
  • SOGNO A VENEZIA : Nino Zucchelli
  • Adorabili e bugiarde : Nunzio Malasomma
  • La morte viene dallo spazio : Paolo Heusch, aka The Day the Sky Exploded
  • LA RAGAZZA DI PIAZZA S PIETRO : Piero Costa, aka The Girl of San Pietro Square
  • LA STRADA DELLA VIOLENZA : Pierre Chanel, aka Dangerous Games
  • L’amante pura : Pierre Gaspard Huit
  • LE FATICHE DI ERCOLE : Pietro Francisci, aka Hercules
  • L’uomo di paglia : Pietro Germi, aka A Man of Straw
  • Ricordati di Napoli : Pino Mercanti
  • L’ULTIMA CANZONE : Pino Mercanti
  • MALINCONICO AUTUNNO : Raffaello Matarazzo
  • GOODBYE FIRENZE! : Rate Furlan
  • La vedova elettrica : Raymond Bernard
  • TABARIN : Richard Pottier
  • GAGLIARDI E PUPE : Roberto Bianchi Montero
  • Il terribile Teodoro : Roberto Bianchi Montero
  • Dinanzi a noi il cielo : Roberto L. Savarese
  • LA ZIA D’AMERICA VA A SCIARE : Roberto Montero Bianchi
  • GLI AMANTI DEL CHIARO DI LUNA : Roger Vadim, aka Heaven Fell That Night
  • RESURREZIONE : Rolf Hansen, aka Resurrection
  • IL PIRATA DELLO SPARVIERO NERO : Sergio Grieco, aka The Pirate of the Black Hawk
  • Pia de’ Tolomei : Sergio Grieco, aka Pia of Ptolomey
  • DON VESUVIO : Siro Marcellini
  • MIA NONNA POLIZIOTTO : Steno
  • Totò nella Luna : Steno, aka Totò in the Moon
  • Promesse di marinaio : Turi Vasile, aka A Sailor’s Promises
  • Gambe d’oro : Turi Vasile, Antonio Margheriti, aka Legs of Gold
  • I BATTELLIERI DEL VOLGA : Viktor Tourjansky, aka Prisoner of the Volga
  • UN FLAUTO IN PARADISO : Vincenzo Gamma
  • LA RIVOLTA DEI GLADIATORI : Vittorio Cottafavi, aka The Warrior and the Slave Girl
  • Pezzo, capopezzo e capitano : Wolfgang Staudte, aka Cannon Serenade
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The WildEye is a blog dedicated to the wild world of Italian cinema (and, ok, sometimes I digress into discussing films from other countries as well). Peplums, comedies, dramas, spaghetti westerns... they're all covered here.

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  1. I’m not sure where I should post this question – I wish there were a forum here. I have long been interested in Ben-Hur (1959, filmed in 1958 almost entirely in Italy) and wonder if anyone here know anyone who might have access to production documents from this film. Many Italians worked on this film and surely someone must have a father or mother who worked on the production for many months and who has saved documents, especially daily call sheets.

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