Italian actress Virna Lisi passed away today, aged 78. Well-loved by young and old, Virna Lisi, born in Ancina in 1936, began her career in her early teens, debuting in The Line of Steel in 1953.   She later took part in films alongisde Toto' and debuted in a Hollywood comedy as a blue-eyed temptress opposite Jack Lemmon in How to Murde...

May 5, 2015. Tuesday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PMBJFF - West Newton Cinema - 1296 Washington StreetWest Newton, Massachusetts 02465   An estimated 80 percent of Italy's Jews survived WWII thanks, in part, to Italian citizens who risked their lives defying the Nazis to save their Jewish neighbors. Among the figures spotlighted by Oscar-nominat...

by Michael Traversa   It's easy in Hollywood for an actor to be typecast according to his or her ethnicity. In his long-lasting career, which includes over ninety projects, John Turturro was able to both stay faithful to his Italian roots and avoid playing a specific kind of character.   Always interested in learning about his ancestr...

Italian Americans are lauding Angelina Jolie's latest film, Unbroken for its depiction of a heroic Italian American army officer and his close-knit family, according to the Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA), the nation's biggest and oldest organization for people of Italian heritage, which has endorsed the film.   "The movie is a welcom...

Screenwriter John Fusco's surname is an anagram of "focus" — an apt coincidence for someone who's been in the movie business for more than 30 years.   Back in the 1980s, while still a New York University screenwriting student, Fusco twice won the now-defunct FOCUS (Films of College and University Students) Award. At the 1984 ceremony, where...

Pierfrancesco "Pif" Diliberto (a renowned Italian TV host and political comedian) wrote, directed, and stars in this subversive, irreverent comedy set in his native Palermo. Arturo (Alex Bisconti as a child, Diliberto as an adult), grows up in 1970s Sicily obsessed with the omnipresent Mafia (his first word as a baby is "Mafia," not "Mama").  ...

by Pam Mastriano   The Italian Cultural Council of Western Mass. Inc. is sponsoring Friday Night at the Italian Cinema. Starting on Friday, Nov. 6 at the Italian Cultural Center with "ieri, Oggi, domani" ("Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow." Doors open at 6 p.m. and the movie starts at 7 p.m. It is in Italian with English subtitles. Free for me...

by Charles Bramesco Quentin Tarantino has always had a magpie-like obsession with collecting and carefully rearranging bits of pop-cultural detritus to make something new.   This can sometimes take the form of blink-and-you'll-miss-'em allusions he squirrels away in the nooks and crannies of his scripts — it's no coincidence that the name o...

PALM SPRINGS - Una nuova stagione di cinema iniziata, e a dare il via il Palm Springs International Film Festival. Giunto alla 24esima edizione, il festival con i suoi oltre 100 film provenienti da 60 Paesi è un'importante vetrina per gli addetti al settore. È un'occasione per fare il bilancio dell'anno appena concluso, ma è anche, in un certo sen...

The Cinema Studies Program and the Center for Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia present NEW AUTHORS OF ITALIAN CINEMA 29 November - 2 December, 2012 he Cinema Studies Program and the Center for Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, in col...