John Turturro Explores the Italian-American Experience in PBS' New Doc

Feb 17, 2015 1510

by Paulette Cohn

What do Tony Bennett, Joe DiMaggio, Stanley Tucci, Nancy Pelosi, and John Turturro have in common? They are among the subjects of a new PBS two-part, four-hour documentary series, The Italian Americans, which explores the evolution of Italians in the U.S. from the late 19th century to today.

"I know a lot about Italian history because I've been interested in it," says Turturro, whose critically acclaimed acting career encompasses projects as diverse as the hit box office franchise Transformers to Oscar-nominated movies such as Quiz Show and Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? "I don't think that [Italian] people know that much about where they come from. They maybe know the last 50 years... Plus, I don't think Italian-American history is as well documented as other groups."

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