Directors

Monday, June 22nd, 2015
In this section we will talk about the Cinema Italiano, the Italian Cinema: its history and the best that the Italian cinema industry has produced. We will also talk about the most famous Italian actors and actresses, the directors, and other Italian-American celebrities of the big screen.
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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 and Marcello Mastroianni and the great directors like Federico Fellini has passed, but the love they receive from Italians and those around the world lives on. Roberto Benigni, Oscar-winner for
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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 named Jennifer who is the daughter of a Hollywood heavyweight. She is sent to a Swiss boarding school in which mysterious murders are taking place. She must use her intuitive ties to insects and an
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Carlo Verdone - Biography & Filmography Italian actor and director Carlo Verdone Carlo Verdone was born in Rome on November 17, 1950. His father, Mario Verdone, was a professor of cinema and a drama critic who passed along his love for theater to his child. With his younger brother, Luca, Carlo would create Saturday night entertainments for family and friends based on celebrated Italian directors like Roberto Rossellini and Vittorio De Sica. He obtained his degree as a film director
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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 philosopher Pier Paolo Pasolini, T.E.O.R.E.M.A.T is the latest play created by the multi-award winning Polish director Grzegorz Jarzyna and his company T.R.Warszawa. Sound take over words in
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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 the disputed master of Italian horror films, it appears that his childhood was normal. Young Dario did seem to take an interest in the dark literary works of Edgar Allen Poe and the Brothers' Grimm,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Paolo Villaggio is an Italian actor who became  famous especially thanks to his portrayal of the unfortunate and pathetic Fantozzi.     Villaggio is also a writer, a playwright, a showman,  a cabaret performer and a film director. He was born in Genoa in December 1932. Before making it in the film industry, he had several menial jobs: entertainer on cruise ships, waiter and employee at the Italian company Italsider. It is this last job that inspired him to create the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italian Comedian-Actor-Director, Screenplay Writer, Producer and Author   Roberto Benigni He is an award winner of the 2000 European Film Academy Award for European Achievement in World Cinema and in 1999 he won the German Film Award for best foreign film for 'Life is Beautiful.' In 1999 he won the Goya for best European film again for 'Life is Beautiful,' and then won the American Comedy Award for the funniest Actor in a Motion Picture for 'Life is Beautiful one more time.' His
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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 generations and all are of Italian heritage. Following in the footsteps of greats like Frank Capra (It's A Wonderful Life) these directors have brought their unique visions and life experiences to the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Federico Fellini is one of the best Italian film directors. Born in Rimini in 1920, he started his career as a caricaturist, writer, then scriptwriter and finally film director. He died in Rome in 1993. This is a list of his movies, some of the most representative Italian movies:   Luci del varieta Variety Lights 1950 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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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 actions could have been those of your next-door neighbor. In fact, the lifestyle and values that shaped a nation could be found in his films. Monicelli was born in Tuscany and always maintained the rural
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The Story of Sofia Coppola Sofia CoppolaSofia Coppola pretended not to care when audiences booed her last movie, Marie Antoinette (2006) at the Cannes Film Festival, arguing that it 'was better than a mediocre response'. Bad reviews from critics didn't prevent the film becoming surprisingly successful in France and certainly hasn't stopped the once acclaimed director and fashion icon in her tracks. Born on May 12, 1971, Sofia grew up on her father, famous Italian director, Francis Coppola's
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Profile and Filmography of Lamberto Bava   Demons by Lamberto Bava Lamberto Bava was born on April 3, 1944 in Rome. He is the son of acclaimed Italian horror-film director, Mario Bava (Black Sunday and Diabolik); and, the grandson of Eugenio Bava. Eugenio was a cameraman and optic effects specialist who worked during the days of silent cinema in Italy.       In 1965, Lamberto got his start as his father's assistant in the film, Planet of the Vampires (Terrore nello
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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 in 1964, was named A Fistful of Dollars. The film would contain many of the hallmarks of Leone's early work. It enlisted the help of Leone's lifelong collaborator, the peerless music composer, Ennio
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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 while creating movies that are also commercially successful. From Coppola's early work--like The Conversation--to his masterpiece, The Godfather, a movie he was called in to direct after writing the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
    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 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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Biography & Filmography of Bruno Bozzetto (Author Note: You can check out Bruno's classic cartoon, Europeans & Italians at this site. Here's the link: See the cartoon ) Signor Rossi, Bozzetto's most famous characterBruno Bozzetto was born in Milan, Italy in 1938. He created his first animated short in 1958, when he was only 20 years old. It was called Tapum! La storia dell armi (Tapum! The History of Weapons). It deals with the history of weapons from the caveman's club to the