Italian Cinema: Articles

Laura Antonelli: 'Malizia' & 'The Divine Nymph' Sex Symbol Led Troubled Life

Laura Antonelli: Malizia sex symbol led a troubled, difficult life. Laura Antonelli: 'Malizia' sex symbol who led troubled life found dead Laura Antonelli, for a brief while an international star thanks to scandalous sex-themed movies such as Malizia and The Divine Nymph, and who later became enmeshed in scandal and […]

Father's Day Top 5 Movies: From Compassionate Gregory Peck to Sociopath John Gielgud

Father of the Bride with Steve Martin and Kimberly Williams: Father's Day Movies. Top Five Father's Day Movies? From giant Gregory Peck to tyrant John Gielgud What would be the Top Five Father's Day movies ever made? Well, there have been countless films about fathers and/or featuring fathers of various […]

Sophia Loren Academy Tribute

Sophia Loren ca. 1958 Sophia Loren will be honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Wednesday, May 4, at 8 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. “An Academy Tribute to Sophia Loren” will feature film clips and personal remarks from friends and colleagues, […]

'Amarcord' Movie: Federico Fellini & That Unusual Nostalgia Feeling

Amarcord. Federico Fellini's Amarcord has often been linked with Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander as films made by old men looking back on their youth. While this is true, Amarcord has a loose narrative structure in which the lives of many characters are detailed in comic vignettes, whereas Fanny and […]

'Umberto D.' Review: Vittorio De Sica and Indifference to Human Suffering

Umberto D. with Flike and Carlo Battisti. Lost between the glare of The Bicycle Thief (1948) and his later films with Sophia Loren, Vittorio De Sica's 1952 drama Umberto D. stands as an almost forgotten masterpiece of Italian neorealism and one of the last films that could claim to be of […]