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Friday, August 12th, 2016
  Historically, Italy has given a lot to the art of filmmaking and Americans have always been fascinated by "Cinema Italiano", 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 Oscars for best foreign film than any other, a total of 11 Academy awards for best picture and 3 honorary awards. Let's see in detail which films, their directors and the
Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
italian cars in movies
Italian cars have been featured in many movies and tv series. Here are some of the most known.    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.   A 1967 red Alfa Romeo Duetto, just like the one driven by Dustin Hoffman in "The Graduate" (
Thursday, August 4th, 2016
Woody Allen's voice: Oreste Lionello    Italy has a long and strong tradition in film dubbing and lip sync, to the point that it has probably developed the most important class of "dubbers" in the world. It all started with the first Italian films, where expressive actors who were not blessed with particularly captivating voices were dubbed by others, to the point often the lines of the script were not even actually spoken during filming. Foreign films of course were also translated and
Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
italian movies oscar
Overall, 15 Italian movies have received an Oscar: 11 in the Best Foreign Movie category, 3 with a Special Oscar assigned before this category was created, all won by Vittorio De Sica. Some seminal Italian directors, such as Mario Monicelli received six nominations, but never won. Neglected by the Academy have also been great Sergio Leone and Dino Risi.    The Oscars, however, are not only assigned to the best movies or the most talented directors and actors, but also to all those people who,
Friday, June 10th, 2016
Italian Comedy A descendant of "Commedia dell' Arte", Italian Comedy is generally considered to have started with Mario Monicelli's "I Soliti Ignoti" (Big Deal on Madonna Street) with Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, Ugo Tognazzi, Alberto Sordi, Claudia Cardinale, Monica Vitti and Nino Manfredi. They were the stars of these movie flicks, which described the years of the economical reprise. In 1961, Dino Risi directed "Il Sorpasso", now a cult-movie, then "Una Vita Difficile" (A
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
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 Lumière 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
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
italian comedy
The Best Italian Movies, and the Best Italian Comedies since the 1980s Read our intro here:   Italian Comedies   > above: Renato Pozzetto, Carlo Verdone   The 70s had been the years of Italy's sexy comedy on one side, and of a more bittersweet comedic line, magisterially embodied by Fantozzi and by Amici Miei.  In the 1980s, the former lost most of its appeal, while the second kept developing, also through sequels of comedies firstly produced in the 70s (both
Friday, August 21st, 2015
italian cinema
Antonioni to Zavattini: The essential A-Z of Italian Cinema   Anita Ekberg in the most iconic scene of La Dolce Vita (Giac83/wikimedia)   Antonioni, Michelangelo: Antonioni was born in Ferrara in 1912, and became a fashionable director in the 60s. He is also celebrated as an author, a screenwriter and painter and is considered one of the most essential figures in the history of Italian cinema. His most famous film was Blow Up, made in London in 1967, starring David
Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
italian movies
  When speaking of Italian movies, many only think of Ladri di Biciclette (Bicycle Thieves), Il Giardino dei Finzi Contini (The Garden of the Finzi Contini) and La Dolce Vita, of works by the Taviani brothers, Luchino Visconti, Michelangelo Antonioni and, of course, Federico Fellini.  Truth is these are movies only few Italians actually end up watching  on a regular basis: it is Toto', Sordi, Manfredi, Verdone, Gassman, Pieraccioni, Aldo Giovanni e
Monday, June 22nd, 2015
This section's dedicated to Cinema Italiano, Italian Cinema: from its history, to its main protagonists, we'll present you the Italian actors and actresses who made the history of the settima arte, along with its most legendary directors and titles, all while keeping an eye on the stars of Italian-American cinema, too.     
Monday, March 16th, 2015
Italian movies
  The Italian Film Industry has produced some important movies that have gained international recognition and fame. Here's our five all-time favorites.     Best Italian Movies: IL POSTINO / THE POSTMAN (1994)   Director: Michael Radford. Cast: Massimo Troisi, Philippe Noiret, Maria Grazia Cucinotta. Academy Award for Best Music Score. Academy Award Nominations: Best Picture, Best actor in a Leading Role, Best Director, Best Writing, Screenplay based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Thursday, September 4th, 2014
films set in italy
  From "Roman Holiday" to "The Merchant of Venice"   Roman Holiday, one of the most famous movies set in Rome   Few places can match Italy for natural beauty: while Italy's countryside exudes charm, Italian cities show off their distinctive culture, reflected in architecture or even in their people. Many successful films have been set in various areas of Italy, making the country not only important to the setting, but also the plot of the movies
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly DVD Cover Italian movie titles on DVD are too many to keep track without a database. However here is just a small sample of some of the best known Italian movies on DVD 10000 dollari per un massacro 1967 R.Guerrieri western 47 morto che parla 1950 C.L.Bragaglia commedia 5 bambole per la luna d'agosto(importazione) 1970 M.Bava thriller 7 pistole per i McGregor 1966 F.Grafield western 7 uomini d'oro(importazione) 1965
Friday, June 1st, 2012
italian dvd
How to Watch an Italian DVD Overseas   Many people ask me how to watch Italian movies in the US. You will have to solve 2 problems wich are as usual harware and software. Hardware: make sure you have the right DVD player and Software: be able to get Italian movies. This first article will deal with the first issue, the hardware.   Background Information The worldwide DVD market, especially the Italian DVD market, includes countless titles not available in the US as well
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Movie Reviews: We are now building an Italian Movie review. This section will be limited to the Italian movies availble in DVD that will have English as one of the choice languages or English subtitles. At least for the moment we will limited then to a very small sub-set of the Italian classic and comedy movies.
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Trash Comedy and Sexy Comedies: 70's and 80's I believe that Italian movies are essential to understanding Life in Italy. La commedia all' Italiana shows best of Italy, always with a touch of irony. One different aspect of the Italian movie comedy is the 70s sexy comedy (olso referred to as commedia Trash), a style of its own that definitely has its followers. We can compare this type of comedy perhaps with Cheech and Chong, but sex or the search for sex, not smoke, is what the movie was