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The Gay Guide To Italian Cinema

The Gay Guide To Italian Movies Italian Cinema is out of the closet. Ferzan Ozpetek, an openly gay director and a transplant from Turkey is clearly the leader in gay Italian films, and it is no exaggeration to say that he has changed Italian cinema and Italian culture with his films that put homosexuality in the mainstream. [caption id="attachment_17046" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Le Fate Ignoranti[/caption] Le Fate Ignoranti  (His Secret Life) stars one of my favorite actresses, Margherita Buy, as a woman who discovers that her husband was gay only after he’s hit with a car and dies. As she uncovers the world that he’s hidden from her she finds a new one for herself. Also stars Stefano Corsi. Buy the DVD.   La Finestra Di Fronte Also from Ozpetek and easy to find in the US, La Finestra di Fronte, (Facing WIndows) with Giovanna Mezzogiorno and Raoul Bova, in a movie with a very powerful gay subplot about a holocaust survivor with Alzheimer’s disease who remembers just enough about his past to help an unhappy housewife find her way back to life. WATCH INSTANTLY with subtitles Vudu     iTunes Amazon Mine Vaganti A bittersweet comedy, Mine Vaganti, Loose Cannons, also from Ozpetek, stars Riccardo Scamarcio and is about a young man’s struggle to come out and is used as a kind of symbol for an Italian culture struggling to deal with a changing society. Scarmarcio singing 500 Mila is one of my favorite movie scenes. WATCH INSTANTLY with subtitles   Saturno Contro From Director Ferzan Ozpetek And one that I found disappointing, Saturno Contro (Saturn in Opposition), with a stellar cast that includes Margherita Buy, Stefano Accorsi, Pierfrancesco Favino, Filippo Timi, Luca Argentero and Ambra Angiolini, for god’s sake, still manages to suck, somehow, with its stilted dialogue and a…

The Best Of The English Language Films From Italian Directors

[caption id="attachment_20853" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Youth[/caption]   In Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth, Jimmy, a young actor played by Paul Dano vacations at a Swiss resort and prepares for an upcoming role. As he spends his lazy days in the crisp mountain air, and his evenings sipping cocktails in the moonlight, he’s doing what, I suppose, all good actors do; he’s observing the human behavior around him.   He watches two aging buddies, Mick, a director, played by Harvey Keitel, and Fred, a composer played by Michael Caine, on holiday together, and he befriends them, asking them to “be generous” and tell him about their lives. Both understand that their time on earth is limited, but they are handling their old age in different ways; Fred seems indifferent and lethargic, facing each day with a weary resignation. Mick, however, is working on his masterpiece, his “testament”, with a group of young screenwriters with the enthusiasm of a younger man. In an ironic twist, there’s a third rewrite of the script and everybody including the producers are happy, but the writers still can’t come up with a way to end the film, but Mick’s not worrying about it.   Sorrentino is a master at castings his complicated stories, and here, he adds Rachel Weisz as Fred’s daughter and Jane Fonda, in a role that only the bravest of aging actresses would agree to. Keitel, Cane, and Dano are so natural and believable in their roles, and Sorrentino has given humor to their characters, rescuing the film from becoming just one more brooding film searching for the meaning of life.   [caption id="attachment_19776" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] A Bigger Splash[/caption]   Luca Guadagnino's A Bigger Splash was not my favorite but most other critics disagree; even I have to admit that Guadagnino’s has assembled a winning cast,…

Looking Ahead To #Venezia74: What Might We See?

The 74th Venice Film Festival is in 2 months. It will be my 8th, so what MIGHT I see? I might get a chance to see Luca Guadagnino's remake of Dario Argento's Suspiria. Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton, this one has been quite the controversy. Will Guadagnino do justice the master of horror's iconic film?   [gallery columns="2" size="full" ids="22117,29161"] I'm hoping for Paolo Virzì's first English language film, The Leisure Seeker starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland.  A senior, one with Alzheimers and the other with Cancer, take off in their RV. [caption id="attachment_26777" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The Leisure Seekers[/caption] I might get to finally tell Silvio Soldini how completely obsessed I am with Pane e Tulipani if he arrives at Venice with his newest, Emma, starring Valeria Golino and Adriano Giannini. In it, a womanizer falls for a blind woman. [caption id="attachment_29162" align="aligncenter" width="655"] Emma[/caption] It would be interesting to see what Paolo Franchi comes up with this time, and I might get to see if his newest film Dove Non Ho Mai Abitato is chosen (means literally "where I have never lived", but we'll see what they call it). It stars Emmanuelle Devos and Fabrizio Gifuni. The Rome Film Festival got a lot of criticism for giving Franchi the best director award and best actress award to Isabella Ferrari for his (truly horrible) film E La Chiamano Estate (And They Call It Summer).  [caption id="attachment_29163" align="aligncenter" width="593"] Dove Non Ho Mai Abitato[/caption]  

My So Called “Interview” With Alessandro Aronadio: I Don’t Think I Let Him Talk At All

Remember the old Saturday Night Live skit with Chris Farley interviewing people Paul McCartney and asking questions like, "Remember when you were with the Beatles?" And then saying, "That was awesome. Remember that rumor that you were dead? That was a hoax, right?"   That was kind of like me interviewing Alessandro Aronadio about his cool, funny, and kind of mind-blowing comedy Orecchie (Ears). Listening to the tape I made of our conversation was really embarrassing; I really didn't let him talk very much and I asked a bunch of questions that he didn't know how to answer, because they were goofy questions.     It was just me, saying things like, "Your protagonist seems post-modern to me; that was awesome", and "Are you a nihilist? You seem like a nihilist to me. That's pretty cool."   I wish I had a video of Alessandro listening to me. I'm pretty sure he was looking at me like, "This lady is nuts", but IN MY DEFENSE, Orecchie is such a great movie it's hard to review, and hard to ask questions. I watched the film a half dozen times and thought of something different every single time. It's mind-blowing, but not particularly esoteric. I can't imagine anyone watching it and not coming away with something.     Orecchie (Ears) was written and directed by Aronadio, a Fulbright scholar (for life, he told me. Once a Fulbright scholar, always a Fulbright scholar), studied in Los Angeles, and is fluent in English.   The movie's star, Daniele Parisi, bears a striking resemblance to Aronadio, who says that everyone thinks this is on purpose, but he insists is a coincidence. I've thought about this a lot and I'm not so sure. He doesn't give the character a name, so I remain unconvinced...    " '…

My Excellent Encounters With Italian Movie Folk

No divos/divas here! Over the past 10 years I have been the luckiest woman alive, getting the chance to meet so many of the people that are brilliantly, and I don't use that word lightly, working to change the face of Italian Cinema. Who would have guessed that they would all be SO DARNED NICE! CHECK IT OUT! They aren't trying to reclaim glory from days gone by, they aren't trying to recapture the essence of Neorealism or the days of "Classic Italian Cinema". They aren't trying to be someone they are not. They want to tell their truths, and the way they are doing it is pretty extraordinary. I know that a lot of you have figured this out, but for those of you still pining away for movies like Bicycle Thieves, you need to give these new filmmakers a chance. And read my interviews. I started doing them with the idea of simply "reporting", but they've become so much more. After having talked with dozens of Italian filmmakers I feel as if I've earned some kind of degree in contemporary filmmaking. I am definitely a changed person, and think about what is happening in today's Italian cinema in a whole new way. I Love Italian Movies, of course, but now I APPRECIATE them even more. Read about what director Roberto Andò explains he's learned from Bernardo Bertolucci. “In the last ten years”, he said, “filmmakers have given up on the idea of making films with no relationship to the audience.” Read about what Margherita Buy says about doing comedies. Read about why Gianfranco Rosi doesn't like Michael Moore. And why Pif will never make a movie in Rome.      

Guerra Per Amore Pif Italian movies

Pif’s ‘In Guerra Per Amore’ (At War With Love) Wins The People’s Choice Award At ICFF2017

It’s romantic, it’s funny, it’s an amazing history lesson; it’s everything you want in a movie. In Guerra Per Amore (At War With Love), from Pif (Pierfrancesco Diliberto). Pif, Pierfrancesco Diliberto’s first film La Mafia Uccide Solo D’Estate (The Mafia Only Kills In The Summer) taught us about the Sicilian mafia just before the famous Maxi Trial, when Sicilian prosecutors indicted 475 mafiosi for crimes relating to Mafia activities. His newest film, In Guerra Per Amore, Pif offers a prequel of sorts, an explanation of how the mafia was able a stronghold over the Italian Island in the first place.   Pif, a director, writer and Italian TV stars as Arturo, a charming rom-com with a historical fiction story. It’s 1943 and as World War II rages in Europe, Palermo native Arturo is in New York City working as a waiter. His sweetheart Flora (Miriam Leone) has been promised to the son of an important New York Mafia boss, and to stop the wedding, he joins the army and goes to Sicily in search of Flora’s father in hopes to ask for her hand in marriage. Using for a second time the device made famous by the movie Forrest Gump, Pif puts Arturo in situations that place him into, and at the same time illustrate important events of the time. For those of us that are (shamefully) unfamiliar with the history, it’s an eye-opener; in liberating Sicily from the Mussolini and the Nazis, Americans handed it over to the mafia, wrapped with a red bow and a “Thank you for your service”. For those who complain that In Guerra Per Amore can not be compared to films with similar themes that were brought to us by Neorealist masters, that’s because it shouldn’t be. It’s true, Pif doesn’t give us the…

Italian Films Made In Off The Beaten Path Film Locations

These films will show you Italy beyond Rome, Florence and Venice! [gallery columns="2" size="full" ids="22863,28981"]   Arianna,  Lago di Bolsena, Viterbo, Lazio   Watch it:   Vudu , Google Play, and YouTube    [gallery columns="2" size="full" ids="27603,28982"]   A Bigger Splash, Pantelleria Island, Sicilia   Watch it: Vudu, YouTube, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play   [gallery columns="2" size="full" ids="19417,12651"]   Le Quattro Volte (The Four Times), Alessandria del Carretto, Cosenza, Calabria   Watch it: Fandor, Amazon   [gallery columns="2" size="full" ids="23289,28983"]   Cloro (Chlorine), Sulmona, Abruzzo   Watch it: Vudu, Google Play, YouTube, iTunes, Amazon,    [gallery columns="2" size="full" ids="17202,28984"]   Il Capitale Umano (Human Capital), Lago di Como, Lombardia   Watch it: Amazon, Netflix, VUDU,  iTunes   [gallery columns="2" size="full" ids="28986,28985"]   My Cousin Is The Mayor Of New York, Grassano Basilicata    Watch it: Fandor    [gallery columns="2" size="full" ids="19885,28989"]   Non Essere Cattivo (Don't Be Bad), Ostia, Lazio Watch it: Amazon  iTunes     Vudu   Google Play   YouTube