Confession time: I’ve always been a sucker for films and TV shows that, even if they aren’t necessarily good, work extremely well as travel porn. Maybe Fool’s Gold and Into the Blue have cringey dialogue and even cringier acting, but I’ll always have a soft spot for these movies because they’re just so pleasing to look at. If the AMC miniseries The...

The Venice Film Festival is wrapping up the first in-person COVID-era international cinema showcase, with critics, filmmakers and actors cheering organizers for having dared to hold the festival amid a pandemic and for demonstrating how to go to the movies again safely. The festival's coveted Golden Lion awards were being handed out Saturday night...

You’ll always have bragging rights on Sofia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, and Federico Fellini, but check out what your Italian paesani have done to make you proud lately! Italy Has It All. 1) DARING DIRECTORSA lot of people assume that great Italian directors are a thing of the past, but think again! Paolo Sorrentino, Luca Guadagnino, and Matteo Ga...

The Italian American Media Crossroads Archive is a unique hub where you can find the most complete video collection of material related to Italy and the United States.  This database consists of more than 5000 items (including films, videos, books, articles, cartoons, pictures, posters, and so on) that illustrate the past and present of the common...

The 15th annual edition of the Cleveland Italian Film Festival will proceed in 2020 in a reduced capacity after initial plans to cancel due to Covid-19. Four Italian films will be screened on Thursday evenings from Sept. 17 to Oct. 8 at the Atlas Eastgate Cinemas in Mayfield Heights. Festival founder Joyce Mariani said that usually, efforts are mad...

Francis Coppola has long wanted another crack at “The Godfather Part III,” looking to shorten it in places, and strengthen it in others, and change the title. He has been tinkering with that for awhile, as he re-cut versions of other films including “Cotton Club.” But he always said he needed Paramount Pictures’ blessing. Today, the studio announce...

In February, “Mission: Impossible 7” was forced to halt production in Italy days before its planned shoot in Venice, as the country contended with one of the highest coronavirus death rates in Europe. Cut to September. The Venice Film Festival is the first top-tier fest physically taking place, and Tom Cruise is expected back in the lagoon city lat...

Blue waves crash onto white sandy beaches. Villas perch magnificently on the hillside. Children ride their bikes between military tanks. Director Luca Guadagnino of dreamy Call Me by Your Name offers these scenic snippets in the advertisement for his new film. We Are Who We Are follows a pair of friends as they navigate their teenage years and a ti...

Filmmaker Enrico Cerasuolo recounts the life of Anna Magnani, Italy's great screen legend, who embodied the bare-faced, post-war honesty of Italian neo-realism and became a symbol of the city of Rome itself.With an indelible catalog of her must-see films and a well-chosen selection of historical interviews, the opinions of Marlon Brando, Luchino Vi...

“My funeral will be really beautiful because there will be words, more words, praise, people will recognize me as a great actor, because Italy’s a very beautiful country, but here you get to be appreciated only when you’re dead.” This was the great Antonio Griffo Focas Flavio Angelo Ducas Comneno Porfirigenito Gagliardi De Curtis of Bisanzio, bette...