Category Archives: cinema

Internazionale snapshots

This year’s Internazionale a Ferrara had the usual high quality in speakers and guests and subject matter, with overall satisfaction from the 63,000 people who attended. The only criticism I heard on quality was referred to the films being shown,  … Continue reading

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Italian selection for 2011 Oscars

Paolo Virzì’s La Prima Cosa Bella, has reached the list of movies to be selected for nomination as Best Foreign Film at the next Academy Awards, or Oscars, next year. The family saga stretching over four decades was a big … Continue reading

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Big Brother star dies

Former Italian Big Brother (Grande Fratello) contestant Pietro Taricone has died in hospital in Terni, Umbria after a parachute accident yesterday. He was 35. Mr Taricone became famous during the first edition of the Italian version of the popular reality … Continue reading

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Baciami ancora (film review)

Ten years after “L’Ultimo Bacio” (The Last Kiss) Gabriele Muccino takes up the story of his middle-class then twenty-something-nearly-thirties as they become thirty-somethings-nearly-forties, and the mid-life crisis closes in in Baciami Ancora (Kiss Me Again). We left the characters with … Continue reading

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L’uomo che verrà (film review)

A touch of neo-realism in Giorgio Diritti’s harrowing account of the Marzabotto and Monte Sole massacre of 1944 when entire village communities were killed by occupying German forces. Many “real life” non professional local people were used as actors in … Continue reading

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La prima cosa bella (film review)

When depressed teacher Bruno (Valerio Mastrandrea) is taken back to his native Livorno by younger sister Valeria (Claudia Pandolfi) to assist their ailing and slightly oddball mother Anna (Stefania Sandrelli), childhood memories which have always haunted him become even more … Continue reading

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