“A Rosciolo dei Marsi, piccola frazione di Magliano dei Marsi (AQ) adagiata ai piedi del Monte Velino, in Abruzzo, sono ancora in molti a ricordare il suo nome italiano: Vincenzo Pelliccione. Quello d’arte, invece, è finito nelle nebbie del tempo, assieme al grande talento a cui è associato. Nato il 2 giugno del 1893 da Sebastiano e Carolina Marini...

All of Italy shared in the celebration of Jessup’s patron saint. An Italian film crew traveled across the Atlantic Ocean last week to document La Festa dei Ceri, a celebration of St. Ubaldo Baldassini, which happens in only two places on the planet — Gubbio, Italy, and Jessup. On Sunday, during the last event of the weekend-long festival, videograp...

Notoriously, Martin Scorsese grew up between the 40s and 50s in New York City’s “Little Italy,” where the only two options for a boy were to enter a gang or to become a priest. As a child, he suffered from asthma and that helped him keep off the streets. Raised a fervent catholic, he didn’t become a churchman either, but rather one of the most cele...

People sometimes forget that the most famous line in The Godfather — “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse” — didn’t originate with the formidable Don Corleone, played into rumbling infamy by a cotton-mouthed Marlon Brando. Michael Corleone, played by pre-stardom Al Pacino, has brought his girlfriend, Kay (a wide-eyed Diane Keaton), to a family p...

This June 7 we celebrate the 100 birthday of a true fantastic icon of the Italian music: Dean Martin. Born Dino Paul Crocetti in Steubenville, Ohio, Dean Martin was a wonderful artist who already is part of the history of the American show business. To celebrate him and his legacy, we are honored and happy to welcome on We the Italians his daugh...

Life on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, a haven for lost and stranded migrants from Africa, is the subject of director Gianfranco Rosi’s 2016 Oscar-nominated documentary Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea) which shows the uneasy relationship between the native islanders and the migrant families who struggle to establish new lives for themselves. If you mis...

Martedì 6 giugno nuovo appuntamento in Consolato Generale a New York con il ciclo "Meet the New Italians". Dopo i precedenti incontri che hanno visto come protagonisti donne, scienziati, musicisti, artisti e architetti, il 6 giugno in Park Avenue protagonisti saranno i giovani impegnati nel mondo del cinema, cui è dedicata la 15esima edizione del p...

The process of centralizing the film industry in Italy, begun by the proponents of the Risorgimento almost from the time of that industry’s creation and expedited by the Fascists, virtually snuffed out the embryonic film companies that had sprung up in places like Naples and Sicily. That and the advent of sound film (along with its vastly increased...

Vittorio De Sica chose Ispica – known as Spaccaforno until 1935 – to film part of his last movie, which reached cinemas just a few months before his death in 1974. He directed the wonderful Sophia Loren in the role of Adriana, the leading character in Luigi Pirandello’s “The Voyage”. Inspired by the novella, De Sica shot the movie of the same name...

Join us for the Summer Italian Film Festival. Enjoy four weeks of Italian masterpieces. Films in Italian with English subtitles. The Italian Cultural and Community Center, 1101 Milford Street, Houston, TX 77006. All four films will start at 7:15 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Suggested donation at the door per film: $5 for members, $10 for non-members....