Martin Scorsese is arguably the greatest living American film director, and since the very beginning of his decades-spanning career, he's made a habit of appearing in his films in small cameo roles. No doubt taking his cue from filmmakers like Alfred Hitchcock, who was never shy of a cameo, his onscreen roles have been legion. Sometimes they're a f...

 Campari, the iconic Italian aperitif, launches Campari Red Diaries 2021: Fellini Forward at the Campari Boat – In Cinema during the 78th Venice International Film Festival - La Biennale di Venezia, a pioneering project inspired by the late Federico Fellini using Artificial Intelligence techniques, including machine learning, to explore the creativ...

The legendary Francis Ford Coppola is one of the most iconic directors in the film industry, so why does he fund some of his own projects? The 82-year-old moviemaker has certainly been around the cinematic block a few times. He's had plenty of hits, like The Godfather trilogy, Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, The Rainmaker, and more. More recently...

Circus freaks fight Nazi occupiers in Italian director Gabriele Mainetti's dark fantasy movie "Freaks Out", which is competing for the top prize at the Venice Film Festival. Set in 1943 Rome, the film tells the story of four circus performers - each with their own peculiar characteristic - left to their own devices when the city is bombarded and th...

No country in the world has birthed more winners of the best international feature Oscar — formerly the best foreign language film Oscar — than Italy, with 14. However, all but one of those wins happened many years ago. Indeed, in the 21st century, Italy’s only win in the category came eight years ago, with Paolo Sorrentino‘s The Great Beauty. In t...

Joe Pantoliano has been put out to pasture, quite literally, in this film about finding yourself in rural Italy. Pantoliano, who contorted our minds in Christopher Nolan's Memento, double-crossed us in The Matrix, and ran with the mob in The Sopranos, is now making wine in the idyllic Italian town of Acerenza. Yep, Pantoliano's career arc has a fam...

Film Movement has acquired U.S. rights to Italian director Mario Martone’s “The King of Laughter” (“Qui Rido Io”) ahead of its world premiere Tuesday in competition at the Venice Film Festival. The film, being sold internationally by Italy’s True Colours, toplines Toni Servillo (“The Great Beauty”) as popular and prolific early 20th century Neapoli...

When, on a hot day in July 1510, in the halls of a noble Florentine palace, a servant gave birth to a boy, no one ever would have imagined that the child would become Duke of Florence and heir to the Medicis, one of the most powerful Renaissance dynasties. Even more so as the boy was black. Five-hundred years on, Daphne Di Cinto, the African-Italia...

Chazz Palminteri is perhaps best known as an actor, but he is also a gifted screenwriter, producer, and playwright. He was born in the Belmont neighborhood in the NYC borough of the Bronx on May 15, 1952. Belmont was once a big Italian neighborhood. Italian American rocker Dion DiMucci and Italian American actress Anne Bancroft were also from the n...

Maggie Gyllenhaal may come from a family of filmmakers, yet she never let herself dream about directing until recently. Things changed very quickly and very profoundly for Gyllenhaal when she found herself writing to Elena Ferrante, asking for permission to adapt her 2008 novel “The Lost Daughter.” Ferrante said yes, she could have the rights, but...