The Way We Laughed directed by Gianni Amelio
Without any close competition to speak of, Gianni Amelio ranks as the preeminent Italian filmmaker of the past two decades, a worthy heir to the likes of Rossellini, De Sica, Fellini and Antonioni. The three movies he made in the first half of the 90s?Open Doors (1990), Stolen Children (1992) and Lamerica (1994)?are as beautiful, original and passionately intelligent as any European films of the current era; all were released in the U.S. to widespread and eminently justified critical acclaim. But Amelio's career is now bounded by two movies that, to our film culture's continuing embarrassment, are all but unknown on these shores.