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...

Fabled Italian film star Claudia Cardinale has been the muse of such filmmakers as Luchino Visconti. Over the past six decades, she’s worked with such master directors as Federico Fellini, Sergio Leone and Werner Herzog. But when she began her career as a teenager, Cardinale voice was considered too husky, so it was dubbed for her early films. Th...

“Ladies and gentleman, welcome, welcome; it’s show time!” announces a tux-donning gentleman on stage as fringed velvet curtains part to reveal a cast, gloriously clad in Gucci, singing and dancing in the style of classic golden-age movie musicals to the 1946 Irving Berlin song, “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” The performances conjure up t...

“The animator is an artist who could have been an actor but, being very shy, decided to work behind the scenes.” Says Mitja Rabar, the 40 years old Italian animator, whose shyness was balanced out by a great artistic talent and a passion for drawing and animation.  I meet Mitja,  who is from Trieste and currently the only Italian animator working f...

Lillo Brancato Jr leans over the table at a beloved pizza joint in Yonkers and bows his shaved head slightly, pointing out a nasty scar behind his left ear on the back of his scalp. It’s about an inch and a half long and jagged; he got it when he jumped from a moving car almost 15 years ago, irrationally convinced his friends were out to get him as...

West Hollywood was the place to be on November 28th, the evening Poltrona Fraucelebrated the grand opening of its newest, state-of-the-art showroom. The leader in Italian-made leather and furniture hosted over 800 trendsetters, designers, architects, media, and more. Ferrari of Beverly Hills and Ca'del Bosco sponsored the unforgettable night, which...

American singer Lady Gaga broke down into tears after she honoured Bradley Cooper at the American Cinematheque Award Presentation in Beverly Hills for his accomplishments in Hollywood. During her speech, the six-time Grammy winner opened up about how her 'A Star is Born' co-star, helped her open up through her role, confirmed E!Online. "I felt comf...

“I have no expectations. I’m not the kind of person who expects anything from life, but I think the American audience will be able recognize a movie made with both heart and guts.” The Calabrian actor Marcello Fonte officially opened the 2018 edition of the Cinema Italian Style festival on November 13th with an intense speech from the stage of the...

Can you believe it's been 25 years since the release of the hit film, A Bronx Tale? the best way to celebrate 25 years of this iconic film? Seeing the musical version at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre! It tells the coming of age story of an Italian-American boy, Calogero Anello, who, after encountering a local mafia boss, is torn between the tempta...