Veteran Italian actor Terence Hill is standing down from the long-running television series Don Matteo, in which he has played the lead role for more than 20 years. Hill first appeared on Italian television screens as Don Matteo Bondini - a priest in the town of Gubbio in the Umbrian province of Perugia - in January 2000. The popular TV series went...

It was just before 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning in April 1987. I entered  the ‘Maroons Soccer Club,’ officially known as the ‘Italo-American Soccer Club – Maroons,’ through the back door. A handful of older men sipping on their morning cappuccinos greeted me. Some looked inquisitively at this stranger while most nodded a polite good morning. I took a...

Puntata speciale de L’Italia con Voi, in onda domani, 2 luglio, su Rai Italia, in vista della Festa d’Indipendenza degli Stati Uniti del 4 luglio. Nella prima parte verrà ricordata una pagina storica complicata che riguarda la comunità italiana in Canada. Risale alla Seconda Guerra Mondiale quando l’Italia dichiarò guerra all’Inghilterra e migliaia...

Sanremo Musical Festival marks an iconic week in the Eurovision and Italian musical calendars. Not only is it the most popular Italian song contest and awards ceremony locally but commonly supplies us with the Italian Eurovision contestant for the year. During the Sanremo Giovani 2021 (a smaller contest dedicated to 'Newcomers' to the Italian music...

Dieci telecamere. Cinquanta microfoni. Ventitré tra le più grandi voci del nostro tempo. Étoile e primi ballerini del corpo di ballo. E naturalmente l'Orchestra e il Coro, con il loro Direttore musicale, Riccardo Chailly.  È la prima del Teatro alla Scala, in una serata intitolata "A riveder le stelle", con la regia di Davide Livermore, che nonosta...

Top Italian film outfit RAI Cinema on Wednesday sounded an upbeat post-pandemic note as it unveiled a slate of 20 upcoming titles to exhibitors and press, comprising new works by prominent Italian directors such as Nanni Moretti, Gianfranco Rosi, and Susanna Nicchiarelli alongside their U.S. acquisitions — most notably Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of...

The third edition of "Fare Cinema", an initiative by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) with the goal of promoting Italian cinema and the Italian film industry in the world will take place from June 15 to 21, 2020, The initiative is realized in collaboration with RAI, MiBACT, ICE-Agency, Istituto Luce-Cinecittà an...

Between 1960 and 1968 RAI aired Non è Mai Troppo Tardi (It is Never too Late), a show aimed at fighting illiteracy, as more than 10%  of the Italian  Population was still, at the beginning of the 1960s, unable to read and write.  Alberto Manzi was a pedagogue, a writer and, above all, an elementary school  teacher: he was the one who,  with success...

The two main events in Italian television history that occurred in the 1970s were the advent of color and the introduction of private channels. The story of color TV is truly a political-industrial epic that began in the mid-sixties and ended only towards the end of the 70s after many delays and false starts. In these years RAI’s television monopol...

The 1950s marks the first decade that television was available in Italian homes and this chapter of the country’s TV history is really the story of its public channel, RAI: truly, speaking of Italian television in the 1950s means speaking  of RAI. Until the 1970s when private channels began appearing, Radio Audizioni Italiane (RAI), which is now kn...