by Carlotta Magnanini   Sometimes it just takes a couple of hours—the duration of a movie—to understand how mysterious mechanisms work, in this case, we mean Italian. In the history of Italian cinema, both past and present (not much has changed anyway), there are a few movies that can offer us a real identikit to give us more insight into th...

by Michael Hixon   Max Galassi got his first taste of filmmaking during a middle school art competition in Connecticut when he created a short film about bullying. "I had experience with bullying in middle school and it was something I was passionate about at the time," recalled Galassi.   "I was successful with it and I ended up...

By Niccolò Graffio   My clearest memories growing up of my father was of him being a workaholic. He had spent the first 17 years of his life living in Italy helping his mother and older brothers try to eke out a living on the family farm. His father immigrated to America and found work with the railroads.   As happened to many of our...

If you have seen the Godfather, the Francis Ford Coppola masterpiece, you will remember the scene of the Sicilian wedding of Michael Corleone and the following scene with the car explosion that murdered Apollonia the Italian bride of the young Michael.   The atmosphere in that scene is so intense thanks to the place where the scene was filme...

By Bettye Miller   UCR's Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages presents documentary filmmaker Fred Kujo Kuwornu and his film "18 Ius Soli" on Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in CHASS Interdisciplinary 1111. Kuwornu is an Italian-Ghanaian activist-producer-writer-director who was born and raised in Italy. &nbs...

di Fulvia Caprara   Con «Salvo», nel 2013, avevano lasciato a bocca aperta l'esigente platea del Festival di Cannes.   Adesso, dopo la cascata di premi ricevuti per quell'esordio folgorante («Grand Prix» e «Prix della Révélation» alla Semaine de la Critique, Nastro d'Argento, Globo d'oro e 4 nomination ai David di Donatello) Fabio Gra...

Abe Vigoda, best known for portraying a gangster in "The Godfather" films and the glum Det. Fish on TV's "Barney Miller," died Tuesday at his daughter's home in Woodland Park, N.J. He was 94. Vigoda's daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, said he died in his sleep of natural causes.   A veteran of New York theater, Vigoda was about 50 when he w...

by Matt Gross   There's this new restaurant you gotta try – no one knows about it yet. It's called Paradise, and it's Italian, real Italian, near the water in a little east coast port town a couple hours' drive from here. The dining room is spare and simple, with a lovely curved wooden bar up front, an antique espresso machine, and charming...

by Valerio Viale   Tiziana Rocca, general manager of the Taormina Film Fest since 2012, has been largely innovating the historic Sicilian festival, founded in 1955. Her main concerns are to celebrate and foster Italian young talents, as well as to assure female filmmakers of an equal visibility as their male counterparts.   The c...

Who would you want to star in the movie of your life? That's a question single mom Joy Mangano never thought she'd be asked. But when Jennifer Lawrence was tapped to play her in the new film Joy, she couldn't have been more pleased.   It's the perfect meeting of superpowers: shopping-TV's star moneymaker (Joy can clean up $1 million an hour...