Italian film


November 8, 2018

Most remakes leave one pondering the wisdom of Oscar Wilde’s line: “each man kills the thing he loves.” If a filmmaker feels so attached to a movie that he or she wants to make it again, surely that remake should be an insightful re-imagining of the original. I don’t need to stress how rarely this … More

Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2018

September 14, 2018

In 2014 Paolo Sorrentino won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for The Great Beauty, a movie that updated Fellini’s La Dolce Vita for the age of Silvio Berlusconi. The headliner at this year’s Lavazza Italian Film Festival is Sorrentino’s Loro, a bio pic of the former Italian Prime Minister, that paints a … More

Italian Film Festival 2012

September 22, 2012

Although the French claim to have invented the cinema the Italians have done things with it no other nation can match. From silent epics such as Giovanni Pastrone’s Cabiria of 1914, through the Neo-Realist classics of Rossellini, De Sica and Visconti, to the arthouse movies of Fellini, Antonioni and Pasolini, Italy has spawned some of … More

A Quiet Life

September 24, 2011

Of all the national film festivals held every year in this country, the Italian Film Festival is second only to the French in both magnitude and popularity. 2011 is the twelfth anniversary of this event, which according to the publicity release includes: “31 new Italian films, including 29 features and 2 documentaries, plus 3 cult … More