On a summer day in the northern Italian city of Ferrara, a band of youths, dressed in immaculate white, arrive at the walled gates of a garden, open to the public for the first time in a decade. They are there at the invitation of the young lady of the manor for a tennis tournament. But this hospitality has been prompted by something ugly. As one a...

Historically, Italy has given a lot to the art of filmmaking and Americans have always been fascinated by “Cinema Italiano” and by Italian films finding it and its craftsmanship unique and inspiring.  Of course, the Academy has also been very receptive to the films produced in Italy and indeed, as of 2014, Italy is the country that has won more Osc...

Vittorio De Sica was an Italian director and actor, a leading figure in the neorealist movement and the Italian Father of the Comedy Genre. Four of the films he directed won Academy Awards: "Sciuscià and Bicycle Thieves" (honorary), while "Yesterday"," Today and Tomorrow" and "Il giardino dei Finzi Contini" won the Academy Award for Best Foreign La...

Cari Amici – Dear Friends, it is with great pleasure that we announce the 2019 movie line-up of Cinema Italiano Classico. This year we are presenting two movies starring the most famous couple of Italian Cinema: Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren in her Oscar winning performance of “Two Women.” They will make you laugh and cry;...

Whether you’re hunkered down under the polar vortex in North America or are bracing for the predicted snowfall in Europe, you are officially passing through what is known as “i giorni della merla” (the days of the blackbird), the period straddling the end of January and beginning of February that is traditionally considered the coldest of the year....