Kate Walsh was born in San Jose, California. Her mother, Angela Bocchetto is of Italian descent, with roots from Potenza, in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata.  Walsh graduated from Catalina Magnet High School and studied acting at the University of Arizona before dropping out. Walsh moved to New York City and joined a comedy troupe, Burn M...

This weekend, Rice Cinema and the Menil Collection will be joining forces for an outdoor screening of a film by someone who is considered the master of Italian neo-realist cinema. On April 9, Roberto Rossellini’s 1946 film “Paisan” will be shown on the Menil’s front lawn. The second film in Rossellini’s “war trilogy,” nestled between his 1945 class...

This Spring, wherever you are, there’s a program full of events launched by the Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco that can be followed on your laptop or streamed through your TV, safe at home. From food to arts, to literature, there are many opportunities to stay connected and active virtually while we follow guidelines to avoid the sprea...

Born in 1914 at the dawn of cinema, Italy’s censorship law felled some giants of the silver screen – including Last Tango in Paris – but now faces its own curtain call. “Film censorship has been abolished,” announced culture minister Dario Franceschini in a statement late on Monday.  “The system of controls and interventions that still allow the st...

You may already have seen the viral photos of Lady Gaga and Adam Driver dressed in retro fashion, trotting across Italy, 1970s style. The duo are shooting the biopic House of Gucci, which traces the murder of Maurizio Gucci (Driver), who was killed by his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani (Gaga) in 1995; she was convicted in 1998 and released in 2016. It i...

A new movie for the whole family, Team Marco is about a young boy named Marco who is obsessed with playing video games and hardly leaves the house. When his grandfather moves in, Marco’s life is turned upside-down, and he’s forced to go play outside. Nonno introduces him to bocce — the world’s oldest game — and to the neighborhood crew of old-schoo...

After 13 Oscar nominations with no wins, cinematographer Roger Deakins became a sort of Internet meme as one of our most popular, “always a bridesmaid” craftsmen. But what about American songwriting legend Diane Warren? Perhaps you have listened to some of the music she composed, including the Oscar nominated classic hits “I Don’t Want to Miss a Th...

“I don’t think of age, I just don’t,” said actress Brenda Vaccaro. “And I sit up in bed after I have a birthday and I go, But I feel 15. Why is that? You know? And I go, Where did it go? Did it really go, all those years? And yeah, it did!” It’s a brisk fall day, perfect for strolling through Brooklyn’s historic Green-Wood Cemetery with Vaccaro, wh...

Disney has announced that Pixar's next movie Luca will skip U.S. theaters and premiere exclusively on Disney+ at no extra charge on June 18. While vaccinations are on the rise in America, Disney clearly anticipates that the domestic box office will take a few more months to recover, which explains why it also pushed back the release of Marvel's Bla...

An allegory of human life exhibited in a visionary trip through Christian afterlife, the Divine Comedy was written to steer a corrupt society into the path righteousness. Dante is guided by Roman poet Virgil through hell (Inferno) and purgatory (Purgatorio), and later by his love Beatrice through heaven, in this long narrative poem regarded as one...