The Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York will host two screenings of Italian classic films. Ermanno Olmi's 1978 film, The Tree of the Wooden Clogs, will be shown as part of the Labor Film Series. The film reflects Olmi's deep understanding of the rhythms of life and labor of northern Italy’s peasants and his commitment to them. Winner of the Palme...

Towards the end of Enrico Cerasuolo’s The Passion of Anna Magnani, Marcello Mastroianni — who co-starred with Magnani in the film 1870 — calls her “the greatest actress we ever had,” a judgment most viewers will agree with. Though it certainly whets the appetite, this one-hour recap of her stage and film career is too brief to get at the heart of I...

This Thursday the San Diego Italian Film Festival (SDIFF) will showcase the neorealist classic, “Rome Open City” ("Roma città aperta") at the Museum of Photographic Arts in honor of Italian Liberation Day. The neorealist movement began after World War II as Italian filmmakers looked to telling stories of ordinary people struggling to survive in a c...

Anna Magnani, born in Rome in 1908, was one of the main characters of the Italian film industry. During her whole career, she played a wide range of unforgettable, powerful strong women. Also, she was critically acclaimed and won many important prizes, including the Oscar for her role in “The Rose Tattoo” (1955). Furthermore, she was a trendsetter ...

Whether you’re hunkered down under the polar vortex in North America or are bracing for the predicted snowfall in Europe, you are officially passing through what is known as “i giorni della merla” (the days of the blackbird), the period straddling the end of January and beginning of February that is traditionally considered the coldest of the year....

A spit fire, obstinate, passionate, with an explosive temper, these are just a few words describing the remarkable actress Anna Magnani. Born March 7, 1908, she was abandoned by her unmarried teenage mother and grew up with maternal grandparents. She did not know her father. Some report he was Egyptian, others say he was Calabrese. Some even claime...

Cinema is, par excellence, a machine that creates “icons”. In particular female icons. Great actors and actresses, from all over the world since the birth of the “sixth muse”, have contributed to writing the history of the Big Screen, often affecting the collective imagination more than others and gaining a special place in the Olympus of cinema. W...

Anna Magnani was the anti-diva par excellence, the female icon of the neorealism. Among the few Italian personalities that achieved a star on the Walk of Fame of Hollywood, Anna Magnani represented the ideal of an extraordinary woman always balancing a surly power and a research of tenderness.