The late philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand defined art as “…a selective recreation of reality according to an artist’s metaphysical value-judgments.” Since early modern humans first appeared in Europe approx. 40,000 years ago, mankind has “selectively recreated reality” in numerous ways for many different purposes. Many early civilizations, like An...

When Sophia Loren calls, you have a number of options. You can stand at attention, or you can say hello while you’re standing at attention. I chose both – with Sophia I always do. I worship her for her brilliant acting and as a link to the Italian cinema that has given me so much joy, and while we did Nine together, as a person, Sophia Loren is a t...

Italian Icons Special: Sophia Loren + Marcello Mastroianni. Join us for this two-evening film special at the ICCC with two of the most iconic Italian actors of all time, Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. Loren and Mastroianni are the protagonists of the Italian Maestro Vittorio De Sica’s cinematic creations that we will screen as part of this...

Queste 10 donne italiane e italoamericane hanno lasciato il segno negli States: dalla politica alla cultura, dalla religione allo sport, 10 storie che connettono le due sponde dell'oceano Che siano figlie di umili immigrati, cresciute nelle varie Little Italy a pastasciutta e olio buono, o che siano arrivate in America da adulte inseguendo una nece...

Even though I was born in the early '60s, I was brought up in a World War II household. My dad was an 18-year-old sergeant in the U.S. Army fighting Hitler's brigade in Anzio, Rome and Southern France. My mom was born in Florence, Italy, and watched American tanks roll by her house on a daily basis.   By the time I came along 21 later, the w...

By Cookie Curci   In my opinion, the most romantic and dynamic pairing of a leading man and woman in the world of film was Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren. Just saying and hearing their names titillated American audiences in the 1950s and 60s ... and when these actors emoted on the big screen ... well, it was like every adult in the au...

From Audrey Hepburn to Brigitte Bardot passing by Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni, Rome has always been one of the favorite Italian destinations for both actors and directors who have chosen the Eternal city as the set for unforgettable movies but also for their glamorous Italian getaways.   With its timeless charm and wonderful spots,...

Italian film star Sophia Loren gained fame for her roles in films like "Two Women," "El Cid," "A Special Day," and "Nine." Her Hollywood stardom began in the 1950s, and by the '60s, she became an international celebrity who starred in Italian, American, and French films.   But she didn't take every role that came along. Here are a few she mi...

by Ryan Lattanzio   The American Film Institute announced today that luminous Italian movie icon Sophia Loren will receive a special Tribute on the penultimate night of AFI FEST 2014, which runs November 6 through 13 in Hollywood.   AFI FEST will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of her glamorous, Oscar-nominated role in Vittorio De...

On the occasion of the World Premiere of Marco Tutino and Fabio Ceresa's opera La Ciociara at SF Opera, the Italian Cultural Institute of SF will present a special screening of the 1960 film of the same title by Vittorio De Sica, starring Sofia Loren.   Sunday, May 31 – 6:30pmNew People Cinema - 1746 Post St, San Francisco Tickets: $20...