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Italy is a country that historically has given a lot to the art of filmmaking and Americans have always been fascinated by "Cinema Italiano", finding it inspiring and its craftsmanship unique. Of course, the Academy has also been very receptive to the films produced by Italy and indeed, as of 2011, Italy is the country that has won more Oscars for best foreign film than any other, a total of 10 Academy awards for best picture and 3 honorary awards.
Let's see in detail which films, their directors and the year they won:
We've compiled a list of some of the talented Italians who have won the Academy Awards over the years:
Frank Capra, although he would go on to become an American citizen, was born in Italy. The director won Academy Awards for such classics as "It Happened One Night," 1934; "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town," 1936'; and "You Can't Take It With You," 1938.
Bernardo Bertolucci - "The last Emperor," 1987.
Best Actor in a Leading Role:
Roberto Benigni - "Life is Beautiful" (La vita è bella), 1998.
Best Actress in a Leading Role:
Anna Magnani - "The Rose Tattoo," 1955.
Italian movies from the 50s & the 60s
Clearly, Italian films of that period featured many Italian cars, and represent a true archive of classic models, which have become highly collectable. They are a great way to see them in motion today, when it became almost impossible to see them on the road.
Il Sorpasso (The Easy Life)
The so-called B movies of 1960s and 1970s Italian cinema have recently seen a revival, thanks largely to Quentin Tarantino and our culture's post-modern tendency of digging out all that is old--especially the trashy--and making it new again. In fact, the trashier the better. In the 1980s, when the future director of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction was still working in a video store, he stumbled upon a number of films by the Italian director Fernando Di Leo. How those movies made it to a video store in Santa Monica in the middle of the 1980s remains a mystery, as by then Di Leo was a forgotten figure of Italian cinema. The director's early 1970s thrillers had slipped into obscurity and his career had met a premature ending. It was a sheer stroke of luck that Tarantino discovered Di Leo's work, which would go a long way to inspiring Tarantino's own unique, brash and, yes, often times trashy style.
A murder, an unsolved mystery and a book are all part of an event that still endures in the minds of Italians.
Italian Movies - Cinema Italiano
It is a mostly unknown fact that motion pictures were invented by an Italian.
Inventor Filoteo Alberini is one of the pioneers of cinema. In 1894 he build a machine called Cinetografo (or Kinetograph), that he used to record, develop and project motion pictures. The Lumiere brothers perfected their invention only one year later, but due to a bureocratic problem with the Italian patent office, Alberini was awarded a patent for his machine only after the French brothers had shown the first motion picture to an audience.
Along with his friend Santoni, Alberini co founded the first Italian film companie, and at the same time opened one of the first movie theatres in Italy, in Florence.
Mario Bava was born on July 31, 1914 in San Remo, Italy. His birth occurred only one day after Germany declared war on France and Russia after the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria; thus, beginning World War I. His father, Eugenio Bava, was a cinematographer and technician during for silent films. Mario originally studied to be a painter; but, the lure of the film industry was very magnetic. He began his career during the 1930s and assisted his father much like his son would later do for him.
Italy's Sexiest Export
Now, I'm not the kind of woman who drools over celebrities. Not usually. Not unless you count the likes of Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Vincent Perez...Okay! I guess I do drool over sexy male celebrities. I may be married; but, my eyes are in perfect working order.
RTL 102.5, a popular radio station, wanted to prove that Italy's male stars "are still able to live up to their traditional reputation for being smooth-talking, sexy and successful with women." (ANSA, 02-Feb-06 17:30 NNN).