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Aldo, Giovanni & Giacomo
Monday, August 12TH, 2013 by Glauco
Aldo, Giovanni & Giacomo Italian cinema has been always labeled as intellectual and artistic, deep in its content and a benchmark for many filmmakers. Masters like De Sica and Rossellini created the neorealism that became worshipped by Hollywood and studied in every single film school in the world. Despite this claim to fame, the genre that has captured Italian moviegoers for decades, and lined the pockets of producers, is comedy. Italian comedies are a bit different from your usual Hollywood comedic fare, yet they nonetheless continue to be both popular and lucrative within Italy....
Alberto Sordi
Thursday, March 15TH, 2012 by Anna De Filippo
Alberto Sordi: The National Albertone "Maccarone, m'hai provocato e io ti distruggo adesso, maccarone! Io me te magno, ahmm!". (Said in a Roman accent: "Pasta, you provoked me and I’ll destroy you now,pasta! I'm going to eat you, ahmm!") When faced with a plate of pasta, many Italians would say or think of this sentence, first uttered by Alberto Sordi in the film Un Americano a Roma . It is one of the most famous lines in Italian popular  consciousness, along with the very image of Sordi as the film’s protagonist Nando Mericoni: sitting at the table,  eating a dish of spaghetti,...
Lino Banfi
Friday, January 06TH, 2012 by Anna De Filippo
  Talk to an Italian about the renowned commedia sexy all'italiana, the Italian sexy slapstick style comedy, and you will likely find out the first name coming to their mind is Lino Banfi. Banfi, who is closely associated with Edwige Fenech, has successfully acted in many movies of this celebrated genre. Lino Banfi, the pseudonym of Pasquale Zagari, is a famous Italian actor and TV presenter. He was born in Puglia and lived in Canosa di Puglia up to the age of eighteen, when he decided to move to Milan to work in a music hall. Banfi wanted to be an actor and despite skepticism,  ...
Totò
Friday, November 18TH, 2011 by Anna De Filippo
Totò: The Prince of Laughter Antonio De Curtis, or Totò as he is better known, is not well known outside of Italy, but in his home country is one of the most famous comedians in the history of television and film. Not surprisingly, Italians refer to Totò as the Prince of Laughter. Born in Naples in February 1898, Totò would become a celebrated actor, writer, singer and songwriter, for a long time neglected by critics, some of whom are only now reevaluating what was once largely considered meaningless humor. At first glance Totò’s humor could seem simple, especially when compared to the...
Fantozzi: The Comic Symbol of the Italian Everyman
Thursday, November 10TH, 2011 by Anna De Filippo
Fantozzi: The Comic Symbol of the Italian Everyman If you go to Italy, you will sometimes hear people saying "Fare una fantozzata" or "Sei un Fantozzi". The term fantozzata is a neologism, included in many dictionaries, that is used by Italians to describe particular types of behavior inspired by Fantozzi. And who, exactly, is Fantozzi? He is the literary and comedic character created and played by Italian actor Paolo Villaggio.   Fantozzi has marked the history of Italian film and comedy so deeply that his name and the adjectives deriving from it are known to define a particular type of...
Mario Carotenuto
Tuesday, July 26TH, 2011 by Glauco
  Mario Carotenuto     Mario Carotenuto was a Roman actor; an actor who with an expression or a glance would bring to life a certain Romanness that is typical of the streets of the eternal city. He was never a major leading star like Alberto Sordi or Marcello Mastroianni, however in his supporting roles he contributed to the famous era of Italian cinema, particularly comedies, that even competed with Hollywood back in the 50s and 60s.  Like any other artist and actor of his generation Carotenuto came from an old and serious school of acting and he was part of some of the most significant...
Edwige Fenech
Tuesday, July 26TH, 2011 by Glauco
Those who fell in love with Edwige Fenech in the 70s will remember her sex appeal, her femininity and the actress' seductive French accent. The star of the erotic comedies that were once all the rage in Italy had both teenage boys and grown men falling head over heels from her, although some had to do it while hiding from their wives. The comedies that Fenech starred in had basic plots that were built around a bedroom and featured several topless or full frontal nudity scenes, often in showers. Light sex was also shown and many of the storylines involved affairs. The movies were rated for...
Giovanna Mezzogiorno
Friday, June 03TH, 2011 by admin
Giovanna Mezzogiorno Italy had excellent actresses in the past, from the legendary Anna Magnani to Monica Vitti, but for a while the talented actress arena was pretty empty. Have you ever dreamt to get one special wish granted by a genie, something on the lines of  'you can marry whoever you want'?. Well, if such a thing were to happen, Giovanna Mezzogiorno would probably be my first choice (sorry Giovanna!).  Giovanna Mezzogiono, together with Margherita Buy and Asia Argento, is one of my favourite Italian actresses, so we have to dedicate at least an article to her achievements. The...
Massimo Troisi
Wednesday, May 11TH, 2011 by Anna De Filippo
"Comm'aggio accuminciato? Ecco... io ero 'nu guaglione... ero andato a vedere un grande film. Si trattava di Roma città aperta, chillo grande lavoro di Rossellini. Me n'ero uscito da o'cinema con tutte quelle immagini dint'a capa e tutte quante le emozioni dentro. Mi sono fermato 'nu mumento e m'aggio ditto... "Massimo, da grande tu devi fà 'o geometra". Massimo Troisi, the famous Italian actor and screenplay writer, recalls watching the Rossellini movie Roma città aperta and how it moved him. In a mix of Italian and Neapolitan dialect, Troisi tells the story of how he "exited the movies...
Famous Italian American Actors
Monday, November 15TH, 2010 by ancos
Italin America Actors: Sofia Loren The land of Hollywood is sprinkled with some of the most prolific actors like Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Sophia Loren, and plenty of others who share one underlying common thread: they are Italian or have Italian heritage. Italian men and women are well known for their adventurous, 'never say die' spirit and it is this zeal which often prompts them to try their luck at acting.   Beauty Of Italian Actresses - Classic Examples One of the classic examples of true Italian beauty and spirit is Sophia Loren. The legendary beauty has scorched the silver screen...

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