“I’m convinced that I created “Once upon a time in my cinema”, rather than “Once upon a time in America.” Who better than the director himself to enclose in a handful of words the deeper meaning of one of the most talked about films in the history of cinema?  “Once Upon a Time in America” was initially a flop, then re-evaluated by critics, especial...

It’s hard to imagine “The Godfather” without Al Pacino. His understated performance as Michael Corleone, who became a respectable war hero despite his corrupt family, goes almost unnoticed for the first hour of the film — until at last he asserts himself, gradually taking control of the Corleone criminal operation and the film along with it. But th...

Italy has wonderful representatives in the United States who tell its story, exalt its culture and language, narrate its traditions and innovations, its places and its beauties. To see them from Italy, where we are always ready to describe only our worst things, is exciting. One of the most competent people I have met in this field is also a person...

We are thrilled to announce that CINEMA ITALY will be back with the 18th edition in Miami! This will be a special edition adapted to the current circumstances. Consequently, we will be passing on any events this year. However, this does not hold us back from sharing ten Italian movies in the theater again and enjoying them with our Cinema Italy fri...

Italian horror legend Dario Argento’s 20th movie, Dark Glasses—his first feature in 10 years—will be arriving on Shudder this fall. While we wait (and feverishly hope it’s a return to form after 2012's regrettable Dracula 3D), we’re looking back at 10 films that have defined his career so far. Fans of Argento—who also wrote, co-wrote, or adapted th...

On March 14, 1891, in New Orleans, Louisiana, 11 Italians found not guilty in a murder trial were dragged from their jail cells by a crowd estimated to be 5,000 strong, which promptly shot and hanged them. The victims of this massacre were memorialized on April 12, 2019, by that city's current mayor, LaToya Cantrell. Interestingly, nearly a century...

Thursday March 10, 2022. 7:00pm EST. Martinos Auditorium at Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, 154 Angell St, Providence, RI. The ninth edition of “Il Cinema Ritrovato on Tour” (Rediscovered Cinema on Tour) will take place from March 10-12, 2022 at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University. The festival is curated by Massimo Riv...

Often described as the “Thinking Man’s Sex Symbol,” actress Monica Vitti passed away on Feb. 2 at the age of 90. Before retiring 20 years ago, she’d spent the latter decades of her career largely focused on comedies, for which she was beloved at home in Italy. But to international audiences, Vitti forever remained what one critic called “the muse o...

How do you give a visual makeover to a classic tale that's centered around appearances? That was the question facing award-winning costume designer Massimo Cantini Parrini when he began work on the latest screen adaptation of Edmond Rostand's 1897 play "Cyrano de Bergerac," and he had 26 days to figure it out. "Because of the schedule and the pande...

The most censored film in Italian cinema is titled “Harlem” (1943) and it was a fascist propaganda work about an Italian boxer who defeats a black rival. The tape was cut when Mussolini’s regime ended, but eight decades later it has been recovered to reveal the rhetoric that hammered Italians with the illusion of racial superiority. The film, which...