Described by Martin Scorsese as "the most precious moment of film history," Rome Open City (Roma città aperta) is filmmaker Roberto Rossellini's revelation—a harrowing drama about the Nazi occupation of Rome and the brave few who struggled against it. New 4K digital restoration! (Italy, 1945)    Date: Friday, February 20, 2015 - Thursda...

by Osia blogger   Tonight is the 87th Academy Awards, so we are taking a look at the Italians and Italian Americans who have been recognized by the Oscars.   Here are 8 fun and fascinating facts: 1) The first Academy Award for Best Director went to Italian-American Frank Borzage (pronounced Bor-ZAY-gee) for his film 7th Heaven. He wo...

In an effort to raise awareness of the influence Italian-American cinema has had on American cinema, the Italian Tramer Art Lounge in Los Angeles hosted the first of educational series by the Italian-American Cinematheque.   The event was presented by actor, screenwriter, and producer Maximilian Law, accompanied by UCLA cinema professors Tho...

Filmmaker Roberto Ando is one of Italy's most distinguished artists. A Sicilian by birth, his work, in both cinema and literature, is influenced by his associations with the great novelist Leonardo Sciascia and the movie director Francesco Rosi, among others.   His latest movie, the comedy "Viva La Liberta" ("Long Live Liberty"), which is ba...

by Nancy Tartaglione Last weekend, I profiled 15 films that had a lot of heat ahead of the Foreign Language Oscar shortlist unveiling today. Of those 15 (plus a handful of wildcards), seven have ended up among the Academy's nine selections that will move on to the second round of voting. As with many of the Oscar categories this year, this was a f...

The small band of middle-aged art experts, artists, educators and architects who signed up during World War II to join President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's program to protect and secure European art treasures were on a mission to find the paintings, sculptures and cultural touchstones stolen by the Nazis for their art-obsessed Fuhrer. Their pheno...

Sarà inaugurata ufficialmente giovedì, 27 febbraio, a Los Angeles la mostra "The Great Beauty. Rhymes and reflections" che si è aperta ieri negli spazi dell'Istituto Italiano di Cultura. Saranno presenti il direttore dell'Istituto Massimo Sarti ed il console generale Giuseppe Perrone. È atteso all'inaugurazione anche il regista Paolo Sorrentino. &...

On the walk to the Waldorf Astoria through midtown Manhattan, one thing is inescapable: the near-ubiquitous banners for the smash, Tony Award-winning musical, "Jersey Boys."   Nine years after debuting on Broadway, the show is still going strong, with the original production and various touring versions selling out theaters around the globe....

Sfatiamo un mito: "Angelina Jolie non è una superdiva". A dirlo è l'attore Vincenzo Amato (Nuovomondo), che insieme a Maddalena Ischiale, ha lavorato in Unbroken (nelle sale dal 29 gennaio), il secondo film da regista della signora Pitt.   "Angy – come la chiamano sul set – è una persona deliziosa, ha una grande passione per il suo lavoro e...

By Glenn Heath Jr. Thanks to Convivio, a nonprofit seeking to be "San Diego's premier Italian cultural organization," locals will get a chance to see some of the best European imports of recent years. The series is entitled "Films Al Fresco," which debuts Saturday, June 13, at The Lafayette Hotel in North Park with an opening night presentation of...