Beauty will save the World”, Dostoevskij once said. And Paolo Sorrentino some years ago tried to save Italian cinema with his masterpiece: The Great Beauty. I have always wondered, given the plot of the movie, what the director was thinking when he decided the title of the movie. What is the great beauty? Does it represent the wonderful contrast be...

The San Diego Italian Film Festival kicks off its 12th festivale with a Mafia musical called "Ammore e malavita" ("Love and Bullets") at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in Balboa Park. Antonio Iannotta, SDIFF artistic director, is quick to point out that the more accurate description for this crime film would be a Camorra musical since the f...

On September 29, 1993, the now-defunct Savoy Pictures distributed the coming-of-age crime drama A Bronx Tale, starring Robert De Niro and Chazz Palminteri. It was based on a one-man show Palminteri had started performing in Los Angeles in 1989, and then performed it Off-Broadway the same year. Palminteri ended up writing the screenplay and using it...

When: Monday, October 15, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m - Location: University of Houston, AH 210 Celebrate settimana della lingua italiana nel mondo (The Week of Italian Language in the World) at the University of Houston with "Look Who's Talking: 101 Things No One Ever Told You About the Magic of Italian Dubbing"! This special presentation will be l...

The San Diego Italian Film Festival will begin its 12th annual FeStivale Wednesday. The title of the 12-day festival is a play on words, said artistic director Antonio Iannotta. “Stivale” means boot in his native tongue, he explained, and refers to the well-known shape of Italy. From an unusual documentary about the legendary painter Caravaggio to...

Now we know the secret to Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's insane chemistry in A Star Is Born. It all began, you see, over a plate of pasta.  While appearing on Conan, the actor and director talked about the first sit-down with the film's leading lady — and it sounds way more cozy and delicious than your average business meeting.  After asking her fu...

Uno dei più grandi registi al mondo, premio Oscar nel 2007 per The Departed, da ieri è a tutti gli effetti cittadino italiano. Martin Scorsese è stato trascritto infatti, alle ore 11:05, l’atto di nascita al Comune di Polizzi Generosa (Palermo) che ufficializza la cittadinanza italiana. La richiesta è arrivata il 9 agosto scorso dal Consolato gener...

Italy’s Minerva Pictures is launching an SVOD channel dedicated to Italian cinema for the North American market using the Amazon Prime Video Direct program, in a move that breaks new ground and could provide an additional revenue stream for the Italian film industry. After successfully launching a U.S. outpost called RaroVideo, Minerva Pictures is...

Matteo Garrone’s gritty revenge drama “Dogman,” which won the best actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival, is Italy’s candidate for the foreign-language Oscar. Dubbed an “urban Western,” the movie is inspired by a murder committed by a dog groomer during the late 1980s in a gang-ridden area outside Rome. The film marks Garrone’s return to smaller-...

In recent decades, Italy has been repeatedly considered the perfect set for a lot of unforgettable international cinematographic productions, due to its fascinating cities and gorgeous natural beauties spread across the country. Despite there are many Italian directors who decided to portrait our countrysuch as Vittorio De Sica or Federico Fellini,...