There is no use trying to resuscitate the dead.
I live in Cleveland, Ohio and we used to have an opera company. Well, I guess we still have one but it is presently in a very precarious position and its future is uncertain. Nobody’s donating money to it and nobody’s going to it. I used to go, years ago, and I was the only person, literally, under the age of 50 in the audience. I love opera and I’ve even been to La Scala in Milan, but frankly, I was going the the Cleveland Opera out of obligation. I didn’t enjoy it, but I kept thinking, “if we don’t support it Cleveland will lose the opera!” eventually I got tired of the weak performances and the lackluster productions and I stopped going. It made me realize something; some things are just not meant to be, and sometimes things just have to be left to die a natural death.
Italian film is not one of those things.
I think that Italians are starting to notice the abundance of talent that is right underneath their noses (although I still meet some that tell me that they only go to American movies) – 50% of the movies in Italian movie theaters are now actually Italian. This is great news, but I’ve found myself on a sort of mission to get non-Italians, specifically Americans, to give Italian movies a chance.
Italian film is not on death’s doorstep and not on life support. There is a new wave of actors, directors and producers with fresh ideas that are not at all provincial and they are reaching out to us – give them a chance. Not a pity chance. I’m not asking you to support something out of misguided charity so that it can survive artificially. I’m saying, “Hey! This is great! Take a look!” I feel bad that Cleveland might not have an opera but there has to be some kind of reason to exist beyond a sense of obligation. But I feel really bad when Italian films go unnoticed because so many are good and worth attention.
On the right hand corner of this blog click on the dancing popcorn box and get some ideas about Italian movies that are subtitled and you can rent in the US. Catch this exciting new wave in cinema and then you can brag to your friends that you saw it coming before they did.