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  • As curtains draw over the 14th edition of Rome’s Festa del Cinema, with the people’s choice award going out to Alessandro Piva’s “Santa Subito,” here are some considerations about what this event means for the city, whose image is unfortunately too often that of a metropolis in disarray, unable to bounce back.
  • Robert De Niro, Al Pacino e Joe Pesci sono i protagonisti di The Irishman di Martin Scorsese, approdato alla Festa del Cinema di Roma, dopo aver aperto il 57esimo New York Film Festival lo scorso settembre. Il film racconta attraverso gli occhi del veterano della Seconda Guerra Mondiale, Frank Sheeran/De Niro, uno dei maggiori misteri irrisolti della storia americana, la scomparsa del leggendario sindacalista Jimmy Hoffa, interpretato da Al Pacino. Un viaggio epico che ci conduce negli angoli più oscuri della criminalità organizzata, con le sue procedure, gli scontri, un’arcana organizzazione sociale e legami con la politica.
  • Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, presented at Rome’s Festa del Cinema, after having premiered at the 57th New York Film Festival last September. The film tells the story of one of the biggest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of the legendary union leader Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino), through the eyes of WWII veteran Frank Sheeran (De Niro.) An epic journey through the darkest corners of organized crime, its procedures, clashes, arcane social structure and ties to politics.
  • Production designer Dante Ferretti and set decorator Francesca Lo Schiavo, the Oscar-winning power couple behind some of the most iconic movies in film history, describe their roles, their creative process, their relationship, and their experiences working with the world’s biggest directors from Fellini to Scorsese.
  • Starring a convicted murderer, Reality tells the story of a Naples fishmonger obsessed with reality TV. The winner of the Grand Prix at the 65th edition of the Cannes Film Festival , will open in movie theaters in New York City on March 15th and in Los Angeles on march 22nd. A national release will follow.
  • Despite the elimination from the Foreign Film Category, Italy is represented at the Academy Awards in two important categories: Art Direction for Martin Scorsese's Hugo and Short Film Animation for Enrico Casarosa's La Luna. The former welcomes long-time favorites Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo while the latter introduces Pixar's story artist Enrico Casarosa.
  • Art & Culture
    Luca Delbello(January 19, 2012)
    A new book collects several essays, coming from the Italian and the Italian American academic world, in order for a greater understanding of the mafia phenomenon as seen through the eyes of cinema and literature
  • Op-Eds
    Jerry Krase(December 21, 2011)
    In the second of a series of commentaries by Italian-American intellectuals on Roberto Saviano's recent talk about Mafia at the New York University, sociologist Jerome Krase “agree(s) wholeheartedly with Saviano, that in order to escape from ‘unbearable’ anti-Italian prejudice of which they are victims, those people who label themselves or are labeled by others as ‘Italian Americans’ should ignore the lucrative excesses of the likes of David Chase, Francis Ford Coppola, and Martin Scorsese but instead learn and share the reality rather than the reality shows of Italian and Italian American history.” However, he adds: “Saviano seems not to know the ‘American’ version of the Italian scene. As do others, he expresses an Italocentric view of both Italians and Italian Americans. Unfortunately, Italians are as little interested in the real Italian American experience as Italian Americans are in the real Italy.”