WTI Magazine #81    2016 July 15Author : Giovanni Verde      Translation by:   Widely regarded as one of the fathers of the Italian song writing, Domenico Modugno is one of two Italian artists, along with Renato Carosone, who had the ability to sell records in the United States with songs in the original Italian language. Domenico Modugno was...

By Alessandra Mastroianni   Dolomites soar in Edoardo Ponti's last film. These harsh and intimidating mountains at first sight, become the finishing line of a journey towards a new life.   "The Night Shift Belongs to the Stars" is a short film based on an original story by Erri De Luca. In less than 30 minutes, director Edoardo Ponti...

by Marco Bruna   "When my friends at Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Cineteca di Bologna, and Dolce&Gabbana said they wanted to restore Cinema Paradiso, I was incredulous: "Thank you, but the film has just been released, why would you restore it?"   Twenty-six years have passed since Giuseppe Tornatore's most appreciated film debuted in...

JUNE 06, 2015 - 6:00 PMCasa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò - 24 West 12th Street - New York, NY 10011 A round table with representatives of the artistic delegation of Open Roads: New Italian Cinema 2015, which includes:   Francesca Archibugi, director (Il nome del figlio / An Italian Name)Duccio Chiarini, director (I dolori del giovane E...

by Nick Vivarelli   Giuseppe Tornatore's new film "Correspondence," in which lovers Olga Kurylenko and Jeremy Irons communicate largely via Skype and text messages, marks the Oscar-winning director's third English-language film after "The Legend of 1900" and, more recently, art world thriller "The Best Offer," which did stellar biz at the It...

Described by Martin Scorsese as "the most precious moment of film history," Rome Open City (Roma città aperta) is filmmaker Roberto Rossellini's revelation—a harrowing drama about the Nazi occupation of Rome and the brave few who struggled against it. New 4K digital restoration! (Italy, 1945)    Date: Friday, February 20, 2015 - Thursda...

by Osia blogger   Tonight is the 87th Academy Awards, so we are taking a look at the Italians and Italian Americans who have been recognized by the Oscars.   Here are 8 fun and fascinating facts: 1) The first Academy Award for Best Director went to Italian-American Frank Borzage (pronounced Bor-ZAY-gee) for his film 7th Heaven. He wo...

In an effort to raise awareness of the influence Italian-American cinema has had on American cinema, the Italian Tramer Art Lounge in Los Angeles hosted the first of educational series by the Italian-American Cinematheque.   The event was presented by actor, screenwriter, and producer Maximilian Law, accompanied by UCLA cinema professors Tho...

Filmmaker Roberto Ando is one of Italy's most distinguished artists. A Sicilian by birth, his work, in both cinema and literature, is influenced by his associations with the great novelist Leonardo Sciascia and the movie director Francesco Rosi, among others.   His latest movie, the comedy "Viva La Liberta" ("Long Live Liberty"), which is ba...

by Nancy Tartaglione Last weekend, I profiled 15 films that had a lot of heat ahead of the Foreign Language Oscar shortlist unveiling today. Of those 15 (plus a handful of wildcards), seven have ended up among the Academy's nine selections that will move on to the second round of voting. As with many of the Oscar categories this year, this was a f...