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Sunday, January 29th, 2017
italian american directors
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 come easily to mind 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
Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
mario monicelli
  Mario Monicelli (Photo from Wikipedia)   Mario Monicelli was a film director able, more than anyone else, to capture the true spirit of 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 the nation in those years are easily discernible in many of his films.  Monicelli was born in Tuscany and
Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
ettore scola
Ettore Scola is one of the most appreciated names in Italian cinema.    Ettore Scola died at the age of 84 on the 19th of January 2016 (wikimedia)     His name is associated with seminal works of contemporary Italian cinema such as 1974 C'eravamo Tanto Amati (We all Loved Each Other so Much), starring Nino Manfredi, VIttorio Gassman, Stefania Sandrelli and Aldo Fabrizi, 1977 Una Giornata Particolare (Special Day), starring Sofia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni (for which he won the Golden Globe
Sunday, November 1st, 2015
Pier Paolo Pasolini
  Pier Paolo Pasolini is undoubtedly one of Italy's most representative artists of the 20th century: a writer, a poet, a movie director, Pasolini's work mélanged protest with tradition, freedom of expression with a profound respect for the very roots of Italian culture, all the while maintaining a controversial approach to many of the socio-political issues that had been plaguing the country in the 1960s and 1970s.      Pier Paolo Pasolini (smalloranges/flickr
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
federico fellini
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:   Poster for Amarcord Luci del varietà 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
Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
carlo verdone
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 entertainment for family and friends based on celebrated Italian directors like Roberto Rossellini and Vittorio De Sica. He obtained his degree
Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
paolo villaggio
Paolo Villaggio is an Italian actor who became famous especially thanks to his portrayal of the unfortunate and pathetic Fantozzi.  Villaggio has been protagonist of more than 80 films, an amazing career for which he received, in 1992, the Leone D'Oro alla carriera and the Festival del Cinema di Venezia.  Villaggio is truly a complete artist: he is also a writer, a playwright, a showman,  a cabaret performer and a film director.   A recent photo of Paolo Villaggio
Thursday, August 6th, 2015
dario argento
Dario Argento - The Hitchcock of Giallo Part II   Dario Argento with his 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
Thursday, August 6th, 2015
dario argento
Dario Argento - The Hitchcock of Giallo Part I   Dario Argento     Dario Argento was born on September 7, 1940 in Rome. 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 Allan
Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
mario bava
    Mario Bava was born on July 31, 1914 in Sanremo, 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, that is, one day after the beginning of 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
Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
Lamberto Bava
Profile and Filmography of 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, a cameraman and optic effects specialist who worked during the days of silent cinema in Italy.   Lamberto Bava signing autographs in 2013 (josé antonio/wikimedia)   In 1965, Lamberto got his start as his father's assistant in the film
Monday, August 3rd, 2015
sergio leone
  Sergio Leone   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,
Thursday, July 30th, 2015
Bruno Bozzetto
Biography & Filmography of Bruno Bozzetto   Signor Rossi, Bozzetto's most famous character    Bruno Bozzetto was born in Milan 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) and it dealt with the history of weapons, from the caveman's club to the 20th century's nuclear bomb.   After Tapum! Bozzetto would go on to create over 100
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.     
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
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