The Florence native directed stars including Elizabeth Taylor in the 1967 film Taming of the Shrew and Dame Judi Dench on stage in Romeo and Juliet. Italian media said Zeffirelli died after a long illness which had grown worse in recent months. The two-time Oscar nominee also served in the Italian senate for two terms as a member of Silvio Berlusco...

From the Filiming Italy Festival in Sardinia, to the San Francisco Green Film Festival, eco-sustainability is a great topic of interest today, in both nations.  In Sardinia, on June 13th, at the Forte Village, the Filming Italy Festival will take place and diverse producers, institutions and international personalities will participate to such beau...

L'attore italoamericano, John Turturro, protagonista della serie tv 'Il nome della rosa', riceverà il 30 giugno le chiavi della città e la cittadinanza onoraria di Giovinazzo. Il padre di John, Nicola Turturro, nato a Giovinazzo, partì alla volta degli Stati Uniti con i genitori all'età di sei anni. "E' stato un sogno coltivato per quattro anni, ma...

Ermanno Olmi’s first fictional feature, “Il Posto,” shown at the Venice Film Festival in 1961, was released in the United States two years later with the incongruously noisy title “The Sound of Trumpets.” That name doesn’t entirely come out of nowhere; it echoes a phrase uttered by the mother of the main character, Domenico Cantoni, a young man sta...

Matt Dellapina’s show ADULT ED. premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. The show tells the story of a disgraced former teacher (Matt Dellapina) as he starts tutoring fellow failures around New York City while coming to grips with the toughest lesson of his life: fatherhood. In April 2019, NOIAFT founder, Taylor Taglianetti, had the opportunity...

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta,” observed iconic Italian film director Federico Fellini – perhaps an inadvertent but accurate summary of his aesthetic throughout his four decades of movie making. Uniquely blending gritty realism and lyrical fantasy, Fellini (1920-1993) created some of the most arresting visual images ever projected on th...

A film by director Laura Luchetti and set in Sardinia, which tells a love story between two adolescents - one an illegal African migrant and the other the daughter of a migrant trafficker - is set to hit Italian theatres in June. The film, "Twin Flower", stars Kallil Kone and Anastasyia Bogach in debut performances. The Sardinian frontier portrayed...

Towards the end of Enrico Cerasuolo’s The Passion of Anna Magnani, Marcello Mastroianni — who co-starred with Magnani in the film 1870 — calls her “the greatest actress we ever had,” a judgment most viewers will agree with. Though it certainly whets the appetite, this one-hour recap of her stage and film career is too brief to get at the heart of I...

The operatic life of legendary tenor Luciano Pavarotti is on full display in producer/ director Ron Howard’s documentary “Pavarotti” (screens Tuesday in 600 theaters via Fathom Events; opens Friday in select cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago; expands throughout summer). But nowhere is the drama more fairy-tale-like than the enchan...

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that famed Italian director Lina Wertmüller will be among four artists to receive an honorary Oscar at the  11th  Governor’s Award Ceremony in October, 2019. I can only say: Finally! Hallelujah, Lina Wertmüller, at the age of 90, will be acknowledged with a well-deserved award for a care...