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Mario Monicelli
Thursday, February 24TH, 2011 by
Mario Monicelli (Photo from Wikipedia) Mario Monicelli was a film director who, more than anyone else, was able to capture the true spirit of the Italian comedy on the silver screen, especially in the 1950s and 60s. His movies reflect how things really were, and he created characters whose...
Francis Ford Coppola
Monday, January 24TH, 2011 by
Francis Ford Coppola (Photo from Wikipedia) When you are director of films like The Godfather and Apocalypse Now your work and reputation pretty much speak for themselves. Francis Ford Coppola is one of the most famous moviemakers of his time, a man who has been able to keep artistic integrity...
The Muccino Brothers
Saturday, September 25TH, 2010 by
The Muccino brothers: Gabriele (left) and Silvio (right) To many it may seem like the Golden Age of Italian cinema has passed, especially if the yardstick by which greatness is measured is participation in and relevance to international projects and markets. The time of actors like Sophia Loren...
The 'Theorem' of Pier Paolo Pasolini's Death
Wednesday, September 01TH, 2010 by
A murder, an unsolved mystery and a book are all part of an event that still endures in the minds of Italians. From the 14th of October, the Barbican Theatre will host a new controversial staging of a classical European literary work. Based on the work of the Italian writer, director and...
Famous Italian American Directors
Monday, January 25TH, 2010 by
The fingerprints of Italian-Americans can be seen all over Hollywood's greatest modern masterpieces. They are actors, producers, screenwriters and, quite notably, directors. Names like Scorsese, Coppola and Tarantino are often bandied about when speaking about the greatest directors of their...
Mario Bava
Wednesday, September 10TH, 2008 by
Mario Bava's Biography & Filmography 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...
Dario Argento
Wednesday, September 10TH, 2008 by
Dario Argento - The Hitchcock of Giallo Part II Dario Argento with daughter Asia By 1985, the Dario/Daria relationship was winding down. That year saw the release of Phenomena (US Title - Creepers). This was the debut film of the young, future Oscar-winner, Jennifer Connelly. She played a girl...
Dario Argento
Wednesday, September 10TH, 2008 by
Dario Argento - The Hitchcock of Giallo Part I Dario ArgentoDario Argento was born on September 7, 1940 in Rome, Italy. His father was the film producer, Salvatore Argento, and his mother was a fashion model named Elda Luxardo. Although many people may believe otherwise due to Dario's stance as...
Fellini - The Italian Cinematic Master
Wednesday, September 10TH, 2008 by
The Filmography of Federico Fellini - The Italian Cinematic Master Luci del varieta Variety Lights1950 Fellini's debut film (co-directed with Alberto Lattuada) tells the story of a lovely young lady who talks her way into a job dancing with a bawdy music hall dance troupe. She quickly becomes...
Sergio Leone
Wednesday, September 10TH, 2008 by
Italy's Gift to World Cinema Sergio Leone is in many ways the least typical of Italian film directors. Leone was born in Rome in 1929, and began his career doing biblical-era epics. His first great film was a remake of the Japanese director Akira Kurosawa's film, Yojimbo. Leone's film, released...