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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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Cinema of Italy: White telephones

The season of the white telephones lasted only for a brief period of time during the 1930s and early 1940s.
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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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Italian movie award winners

Click on IMDB (Internet Movie Database) to read about the movie Academy Awards - Oscars 1957 - Winner: La Strada (IMDB) 1958 - Winner: Le Notti di Cabiria (Nights of Cabiria) (IMDB) 1959 - Nominated: I Soliti Ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street) (IMDB) 1959 - Nominated: La strada lunga un anno (Road a...
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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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Cinema of Italy: The 1990s

During the 1990s, with great directors gone, a weakness in commercial success and the inability to create new genres, the Italian cinema production will go on with improvisation. Unfortunately, the prestige and international success of some of Italy's directors (among them Giuseppe Tornatore and Roberto Benigni), is not enough to...
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Cinema of Italy: The great crisis (1919-1929)

Very popular now are the passion dramas, many of them inspired by classic literary works and theatre plays, directed by specialists like Roberto Roberti (father of Sergio Leone) and the religious colossals of Giulio Antamoro. Famous names from the stage, like Eleonora Duse ("Cenere", 1916) and La Bella Otero...
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Biography of Marcello Mastroianni

Marcello Mastroianni was an Italian actor made famous by the movies of Fellini such as La Dolce Vita and 8½. Mastroianni had a long acting career in Italy.
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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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Nanni Moretti’s MIA MADRE Opens in USA

Mia Madre, My Mother by Nanni Moretti The recently released semi-biographical film by Nanni Moretti, Mia Madre, opens in theaters across the U.S. on Friday, September 2 after a week of screening in major cities. Synopsis An Italian filmmaker (Margherita Buy) tries to cope with her mother's terminal illness (Giulia Lazzarini) while...
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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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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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Ritornato, a new film by Michael Cavalieri

Michael Cavalieri is an actor, writer and director whose film, RITORNATO, was recently chosen for a grant by the National Italian American Foundation.
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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)...
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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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Biography of Roberto Benigni

Roberto Benigni is an Academy Award-winning Italian film and television actor, writer and director. He won an Oscar for Life is Beautiful (La Vita e' bella)
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Biography of Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren is a motion picture and stage, Academy Award-winning actress, widely considered to be the most popular Italian performer.
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Cinema of Italy: Avant-garde (1911-1919)

The Manifesto of Futuristic Cinematography dates back to 1916 (some sources say those experiments started earlier) and it was signed also by Filippo Marinetti, Armando Ginna, Bruno Corra, Giacomo Balla, etc. To the futurists, the cinema was an ideal form of art for their "wonderful plays", being a young medium,...
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Honey (Miele) by Valeria Golino

Synopsis Irene lives alone on the coastline outside Rome. To her father and her married lover, she’s a student. In reality, she often travels to Mexico where she can legally buy a powerful barbiturate. Working under the name of Miele ("Honey"), her clandestine job is to help terminally-ill people to die...
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Cinema of Italy: The Italian comedy movies

The movie won an Oscar in 1963 for best original screenplay. In this new genre, we can recall names of the main Italian actors of the times, from Alberto Sordi to Ugo Tognazzi, from Monica Vitti to Claudia Cardinale, from Vittorio Gassman to Nino Manfredi, not to mention Totò...
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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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