John Turturro: calling Puglia home

Aug 23, 2019 1095

BY: Barbara Minafra

“My grandfather had a dream: becoming successful in America. I am part of that dream, and I am part of Giovinazzo, where my father, my grandfather and my grandmother were born.” These aren’t the words of any Italian-American, one that comes back to the motherland during the Summer to find a bit of him or herself and visit what is left of the family.

They belong to Do the Right Thing’s Pino, The Big Lebowski’s Jesus (two minutes were enough to turn him into a legend in that movie), Exodus: Gods and Kings’ pharaoh Seti: these are the words of kaleidoscopic John Turturro, known for his funny and at time grotesque characterizations in more than 80 movies, but also for being a talented director, producer and screenwriter, the cinema and theatre actor adored by the Coen Brothers, Spike Lee, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Francesco Rosi, William Friedkin, Ridley Scott, Ron Howard, Michael Cimino. 

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