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Cinema

Cinema

The Cinema category includes biographies of famous Italian actors and directors, articles about the history of Italian Cinema, film festivals and awards.

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Italian movies and cinema of Italy

The earliest known Italian film is a brief 1896 documentary from director Filoteo Alberini. This lost work depicted Florence's king and queen in action. In 1905, Alberini directed "La Presa di Roma," the nation's first non-documentary, a drama about Italian unification set in 1870. During the 1910s, Italian directors began...
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Cinema of Italy: White telephones

A classic example of White Telephone films is "Gli uomini, che mascalzoni" (1932) with Vittorio De Sica and directed by Vittorio Camerini. The name came from the presence of white telephones seen in some scenes of movies produced during this time, a symptom of social well-being: a status symbol to...
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Experience Venice’s Fabulous Film Festival

The oldest film festival in the world, the Venice Film Festival was founded by Count Giuseppe Volpi in 1932 as the "Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica." It has taken place in the Autumn of the year for more than 75 years, showcasing great works of film, honoring experts...
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Biography of Ugo Tognazzi

Movies with Ugo Tognazzi Because of his father's profession, inspector of an insurance company, Ugo Tognazzi spent his childhood in various cities to return later in 1936 in his native Cremona, fourteen years old, and found work as a laborer at Negroni, Cremona famous factory producing sausages and in his...
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Cinema of Italy: Splatter, erotic comedy, trash

Of particular interest at international level was the "cannibalistic" genre, started by Umberto Lenzi in 1972 with "Il paese del sesso selvaggio". The idea of filming horror/adventure movies in exotic and sunny places was a winning combination from a commercial point of view and in the following years it...
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Cinema of Italy: The spaghetti western

With this definition we mean an entire series of Italian movies with a "western" setting (often filmed in Spain), not only with Italian actors, but also with famous American actors like Clint Eastwood. Sergio Leone is the progenitor of this genre with the so-called "dollar trilogy": "Per un...
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Biography of Alberto Sordi

Born in Rome to a schoolteacher and a musician, Sordi enrolled in Milan's dramatic arts academy but was kicked out because of his thick Roman accent. Ironically, it was his accent that would later prove to be his trademark. In a career that spanned seven decades, Sordi established himself as...
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Cinema of Italy: First stars and propaganda films

It was during those war years that a new genre was born, the so-called propaganda film: the one in which a hero, sometime a mythological character, becomes involved in war adventures with acts of heroism, but to never show any opposition to the real violence of war. During Mussolini's regime...
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Cinema of Italy: The social and political movies

In this context, new directors continue and expand the work already started years before by directors like Francesco Rosi, whose film "Salvatore Giuliano" recounts the life of the famous Sicilian outlaw in 1961. Some of the most relevant movies are "Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni...
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Cinema of Italy: Pier Paolo Pasolini

A case apart from the cultural and cinematographic landscape of the times is Pier Paolo Pasolini, director, actor and author, who in his work showed an opposition to the morals of the times. A true anti-conformist, until his death (occurred under obscure circumstances in 1975) he never tired of fighting...
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Cinema of Italy: Other authors from 1950 to 2006

Ermanno Olmi is considered by many the catholic opposite of Pasolini: a rare example of poet-director but opposed to the Marxist ideology of Pasolini's movies. Since the movie debut in 1958 of "Il tempo si è fermato", an emotional parable between the relationship of man with nature, Olmi's artistic...
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Cinema of Italy: The new millennium

The Italian movies of the 21st century In 2001 Nanni Moretti wins the Palm D'or at the Cannes Film festival with "La stanza del figlio" while Ermanno Olmi completes one of his most important works: "Il mestiere delle armi", a movie that strikes for its poetic and realistic vision and...
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Cinema of Italy: The season of neorealism (1943-1955)

In this context the neorealist genre was born, an artistic and cultural movement that embraces all forms of art, but in particular cinema. The neorealist cinema has the main focus of showing the real condition of the country: often it's about the struggle of poor families; actors are usually...
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Biography of Marcello Mastroianni

Marcello Mastroianni (September 28, 1924 – December 19, 1996) was an Academy Award nominated Italian film actor. Born in Fontana Liri, a small village in the Apennines, Mastroianni grew up in Turin and Rome. During World War II he was interned in a Nazi prison, but he escaped and hid...
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Biography of Anna Magnani

Anna Magnani was born in Rome, she was brought up in poverty by her maternal grandmother in a slum district of the city. After some education at a convent school, she enrolled at Rome's Academy of Dramatic Art and sang in nightclubs and cabarets to support herself. Due to...
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Biography of Sophia Loren

Early life and career Sophia Loren was born September 20, 1934 as Sofia Villani Scicolone in Rome, to unmarried parents; her father Riccardo Scicolone was an engineer and her mother Romilda Villani was an aspiring actress and piano teacher. Loren grew up impoverished in wartime Pozzuoli, near Naples sharing a...
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Cinema of Italy: The beginning of the film industry

The first pioneer movies (1896-1902) The first Italian movies were documentaries, filmed in a few seconds in which those fierce pioneers (first and foremost a former cartographer of the Military Institute in Florence, none less inventor, camera operator and director, Filoteo Alberini) would record facts and people of their times,...
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Cinema of Italy: Horror and thriller

One of the fundamental directors of this genre was first and foremost Mario Bava, a cinematographer turned into director. Not only had he created a real starting point for the quality of horror movies in Italy but it was mostly because of his great narrative, both cultured and sophisticated....
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Cinema of Italy: The Golden Age (1910-1914)

Those colossals were directed by Mario Caserini ("Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei", 1913), Enrico Guazzone ("Marc Anthony and Cleopatra", 1913) and most notably Giovanni Pastrone, who in 1914 directed the famous "Cabiria", with the honor of being shown as a premiere at the White House in front of the...
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Biography of Federico Fellini

A unique combination of memory, dreams, fantasy, and desire, Fellini's films are deeply personal visions of society, often portraying people at their most bizarre. The term "felliniesque" is used to describe any scene in which a hallucinatory image invades an otherwise ordinary situation. Movies by Federico Fellini His father Urbano (1894-1956)...

Cinema of Italy, History and Biographies

Cinema of Italy: Pier Paolo Pasolini

A case apart from the cultural and cinematographic landscape of the times is Pier Paolo Pasolini, director, actor and author, who in his work...

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