The phenomenon of film and TV series about crime as sources of inspiration for tourism in Italy (and around the world) has only grown in recent years. One the seminal places for it is Corleone, a town in large part created in the transnational collective imagination by the classic American film trilogy The Godfather, which ironically was not shot i...

The Gene Siskel Film Center will present the the 22nd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival through April 4. The following Italian films will be screened at the festival. (Descriptions were provided by the Gene Siskel Film Center.) LORO: 2018, Paolo Sorrentino, Italy/France, 150 min. With Toni Servillo, Elena Sofia Ricci. Wednesday, March 13,...

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis is not a real place. We should say that first. You’d be forgiven for thinking that it is, and you wouldn’t be alone. It was invented in Giorgio Bassani’s 1962 historical novel of the same name, and in the 1970 Oscar-winning movie adaptation. It is a place of young love, refuge, and tennis, a place so carefully and l...

DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. I'm David Bianculli, editor of the website TV Worth Watching, sitting in for Terry Gross. This week marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Mario Puzo's "The Godfather." A new edition has just been released with an introduction by Francis Ford Coppola. Coppola and Puzo co-wrote the screenplays for...

For the first time, the Emerald Theatre in downtown Mount Clemens will be part of this year's Italian Film Festival USA of Metro Detroit. The historic theater, which first opened in 1921, will host free screenings of the best contemporary films in Italian cinema April 19-20.  The festival will open Wednesday, April 3 at the Detroit Institute of Art...

Forse in pochi conoscono la città americana di Providence, la capitale dello Stato del Rhode Island. Fuori dagli standard delle metropoli americane, Providence è una città a misura d’uomo. Fondata nel 1636 da Roger Williams, in esilio dal Massachusetts (da dove lo avevano espulso i Puritani), fu chiamata così in onore della “Provvidenza misericordi...

She was the talk of this year's Oscars, but many audience in China didn't see her at all during the ceremony. A Chinese TV station has censored Lady Gaga when it broadcast the awards ceremony on its website, sparking speculation the singer has been censored by Beijing. Lady Gaga's fans in China have been enraged by the move from Mango TV, which the...

Cari Amici – Dear Friends, it is with great pleasure that we announce the 2019 movie line-up of Cinema Italiano Classico. This year we are presenting two movies starring the most famous couple of Italian Cinema: Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren in her Oscar winning performance of “Two Women.” They will make you laugh and cry;...

Italy and the US experienced a multifaceted relationship from 1943 to 1955. After the war the US played a historic role in assisting Italy with rebuilding and planning its future. Threatening this effort, both within and beyond Italy’s borders, were communism and the Italian Communist Political Party (PCI). During the rebuilding of Italy the US...

“I always dreamed of working, one day, in the entertainment industry and, being an extremely ambitious person, I had high standards: I wanted to go to Hollywood and become an agent, but especially a producer.”  Oscar Generale’s tenacity brought him exactly where he desired, in Los Angeles, where his goal of becoming a film producer and an expert in...