She was the irresistible muse of Luchino Visconti and Federico Fellini who bewitched audiences across the globe with her sultry gaze: on Sunday, sixties screen siren Claudia Cardinale celebrates her eightieth birthday, on stage and without any nostalgia. “I really don’t care,” laughs the icon, when asked by AFP about turning the big 80. “It’s norma...

Sarasota Film Festival president Mark Famiglio remembers going to the movie theater as a child. It was a cool respite from the noon-day sun where he and his friends could pay a dime, get some popcorn or ice cream and enjoy themselves. They might see a Fred MacMurray movie or a musical. Later, he was drawn to director Francis Ford Coppola, partly be...

Thursday April 26, 2018, the XII Italian Film Festival opens its doors, at the Plaza Theatre - 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306. The Festival is a major event for the Atlanta Italophiles. It brings a current portrait of the Italian culture, its social status, its emotional pulse and artistic trends. The Plaza Theatre is the perfect hist...

With the beautifully shot Call Me by Your Name on its way to being the film of the year with four Oscar nominations already, and the release of his re-make of Dario Argento’s horror film Suspiria coming up in the fall, 2018 is shaping up to be the year of Luca Guadagnino’s consecration. The 47-year-old Italian filmmaker’s taste for complex love sto...

A new digital restoration of the 1977 Italian horror film “Suspiria” is being shown at the Avon Theatre. The Dario Argento movie, which is currently being remade by “Call Me By Your Name” director Luca Guadagnino, is part of the Stamford theater’s regular “Cult Classics” series. The eerie tale of witchcraft in a German ballet academy stars Jessica...

During the 1960s, movies from Italy, created by such visionary auteurs as Fellini, Pasolini and Antonioni, were staples of the art-house cinemas that popped up like cinecybin mushrooms in hip urban centers, university towns and even such minor metropolises as Memphis.  Grindhouses, drive-ins and mainstream commercial theaters also imported their sh...

Growing up in a working-class family in the mean streets of New York City’s Little Italy neighborhood, Martin Scorsese admits he didn’t have access to books. He got his education about the world by going to the local cinema.“I learned a lot about American ideals primarily from the movies,” Scorsese recalls. “Something like The Grapes of Wrath . . ....

When “At War with Love” kicks off the Italian Film Festival at the Detroit Film Theatre on Wednesday, it will be a happy accident for educator Elena Past. The Wayne State University associate professor teaches a course called Mafia Movies, and the 2016 mix of comedy and drama is a perfect fit for it. “I scheduled the class long before this opening-...

2018 ICI Film Series Presented by Dr. Gus Mastri (April 4, April 11, April 18) - Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library at the University of Louisville - 2215 S 3rd St - Louisville, KY 40208. Dr. Mastri will once again present the ICI film series, with the first installment starting next Wednesday, April 4. This year's films touch on themes of immigratio...

The Association of Italian American Educators (AIAE) sponsored a Continuing Education Certificate Workshop entitled “The Art and Technique of Filmmaking” held at Hofstra University, with instructor Prof. Carlo Mignano. The 23 workshop attendees participated in an eye-opening presentation that changed the way they look at movies, and will change the...