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...

It’s sunny in San Francisco on the Saturday afternoon before Memorial Day. Matteo comes to San Francisco from San Luis Obispo, before taking a flight to Chicago the next day. Matteo and I have been in touch for a few days now and I can immediately feel his excitement when we meet to talk about his film, Arrangiarsi(Pizza... and the Art of Living) t...

If there is a story that all Italian Americans and all Italians living in Italy should know, it is the story of Amadeo P. Giannini: he realized the American dream, not only for himself, but for an entire society. There are so many reasons why, today more than ever, the story of his life tells the best part of the Italian DNA, whether you live in It...

Tra le coppie di maggior successo del cinema italiano, un posto d’onore meritano senza alcun dubbio Dante Ferretti e Francesca Lo Schiavo; coppia artistica la cui pluridecennale carriera è stata oggetto la scrosa settimana di un interessante incontro presso l’Istituto Italiano di Cultura di New York diretto da Giorgio Van Straten. Connubio artistic...

Open Roads torna al Lincoln Center di New York dal 6 al 12 giugno 2019, presentando una selezione di film e documentari italiani della stagione cinematografica appena trascorsa, oltre a un classico restaurato, La commare seccadi Bernardo Bertolucci, un omaggio al grande maestro scomparso lo scorso novembre. Tra le numerose opere presentate spicca q...

Carmine Caridi, the actor best-known for portraying Carmine Rosato in “The Godfather: Part II,” has died. He was 85. Caridi died on Tuesday after being in a coma at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, his reps confirmed to Variety. TMZ first reported the news. “From broadway, to film and television, Carmine spent over six decades entertaining audiences, a...

A comic book about a chameleon-like master thief done as a live-action movie, a reinvention of the Spaghetti Western and a manhunt thriller with a Hollywood A-list cast are among buzz titles by Italian directors in various stages expected to soon be hitting the international festival circuit and, more important, entering the global movie market. Be...

Tuesday June 18, 2019 at 7.30 PM. Free entrance. Club Fugazi, 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Boulevard, San Francisco, CA. What would film be without music? Music conveys all that which images cannot. The importance of a soundtrack can sometimes even transcend that of images and stories, and great directors often build the entire structure of their mast...