7 Great Films Featuring Michael Caine

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Best Director Oscar Winners – 1980s

With the auteur era of the New Hollywood 1970s nearing an end, Hollywood films began taking on a more conventional form once again as directors were reviving once popular genres like the historical epic and family drama. In the 1980s, a pair of huge screen stars won their first Oscars for directing while an Italian legend became the first Western filmmaker to shoot behind the walls of Beijing’s Forbidden City. Some extraordinary films were made in the decade of greed and indulgence, some of which have been elevated into modern classics. Here are all 10 winners for the Best Director Academy Award for the years 1980-1989.

Sister Smile – 2001 Drama on Belgian "Singing Nun’ Jeanine Deckers

Blending historical fact with speculative fiction, this surreal 2001 Italian drama from director Roger Deutsch relates the harrowing and touching story of Belgian nun Jeanine Deckers (Ginevra Colonna), who soared to musical stardom in 1963 with the surprise pop hit “Dominique.”

Edward G. Robinson, The Best Actor Who Never Won an Oscar

He was a Romanian Jew with an English-sounding name who gained fame by creating the prototypical Italian gangster.

TCM Remembers Dino de Laurentiis, 1919-2010

The internationally famous Italian producer of such famous films as La Strada, Barbarella, Serpico , the 1976 version of King Kong and countless more, died at the age of 91.

Michelangelo Antonioni’s Red Desert on DVD

This landmark 1964 Italian film about the isolating effects of modern culture focuses on a depressed housewife (Monica Vitti) and her desperate search for meaning in her life.