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In this section you will find the Italian Culture in Art and Artists, Cuisine, Music including Classical and Jazz, Movies and Celebrities, Sports, Biographies, Language, Literature, and Fashion.

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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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Biography of Alberto Giacometti

(1901 - 1966) Alberto Giacometti, the Surrealist sculptor known for his nervous, elongated forms, was born in Stampa, Switzerland. Giacometti started drawing at the age of nine, painting at twelve and created his first sculpture at fourteen. His father was a well-known Impressionist painter and Giacometti's first teacher. In 1919, Giacometti...
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Images, photos and posters of Italy

Italian Images, featuring beautiful landscapes of Italy from the Amalfi Coast to Venice Italy features some of the most breathtaking views in the world. From magnificent architecture found in Florence, Rome and Venice, to the beautiful landscape of Tuscany or the coastline along the Amalfi coast and the Italian Riviera,...
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Italian Literature: The late 20th century

Other notable postwar novelists are Dino Buzzati, Elsa Morante, Natalia Ginzburg, Primo Levi, and Italo Calvino. Buzzati's allegorical writings, which owe a debt to Austrian writer Franz Kafka, include the novel Il deserto dei Tartari (1940; The Tartar Steppe, 1952), his most highly regarded work, and the play Un...
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Overview of the Italian Language

The standard Italian language is spoken by Italy's 60+ million residents. It is also a minority language in Austria and Switzerland, as well as in Libya, Somalia, and Ethiopia, which were once Italian colonies. However, Italian pronunciation varies greatly between regions. In Tuscany, for example, Italian speakers pronounce "c"...
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Biography of Anna Magnani

Anna Magnani was a beloved Academy Award-winning Italian actress, with stage experience. The Rose Tattoo with Burt Lancaster earned her an Oscar.
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Biography and art works of Raffaello Sanzio (Raphael)

Raphael, the last of the three greatest painters of the Renaissance, was born Raffaello Sanzio in Urbino, in the province of Umbria in 1483. It is probable that he took his first lessons from his father, a provincial painter named Giovanni di Santi, before going to Florence, where by...
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Useful tips to choose an Italian language course

You want to enroll in an Italian Language course? Read these tips. A language course is useful to learn and improve the language, but it is a fundamental tool to get in touch with local culture and understand people as well. If you have just arrived in Italy, you will probably...
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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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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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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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Italian sunglasses and eyeglasses

Made in Italy: The International Home of Today's Hottest Eyewear Designs It’s hard to recall a time when Italian designers produced garments exclusively. Versace, Armani and Gucci diversified their lines and many found success in accessories. While handbags, shoes and jewelry made natural line extensions, it was practical eyewear in...
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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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Biography and art works of Giotto di Bondone

Giotto di Bondone, the father of modern painting and one of the greatest figures in the history of Western art, was born in a small hamlet in the valley of the Mugello, twenty miles north of Florence in 1267. We know very little about him and his exact birthplace...
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Biography and art works of Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli was born in Florence in 1445. The most humanistic of the Renaissance painters, he was at first apprenticed to a goldsmith. He became, in 1465, a pupil of Fra Filippo Lippi's, and remained with him for about two years. It is believed that he later worked with...
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Italian Literature: The Foreign Influence

Italy, beginning in the late 15th century, was exhausted by constant wars as rival Spanish, French, and Austrian rulers made the country their battleground. At the same time, world trade was shifting from the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean, causing an economic decline in Italy. The once free-spirited,...
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Biography and art works of Masaccio

Tommaso di Giovanni di Simone, known as Masaccio, was not only the greatest Florentine painter of the early fifteenth century, but remains one of the most important figures in the history of Western art. In only a few brief years, he created the early Renaissance style of painting. Masaccio was...
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Learn Italian with Pimsleur

The Pimsleur Difference Italian Phase 1, Units 1-30 Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction (16 hours) as MP3 download, plus PDF user's guide and reading booklet Italian is the official language of Italy and San Marino, and an official language of Switzerland, Croatia, and Slovenia. It is spoken by about 58 million...
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Biography and art works of Fra Filippo Lippi

Fra Filippo Lippi work was widely respected in his time, and he is known today as an innovative and accomplished painter of the Florentine Renaissance. Lippi was born in 1406 and was raised in a Carmelite friary and took vows as a friar in 1421. He soon had a...
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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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