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2008-08-31 12:00:23

Italian filmmaking has been struggling to find its sweet spot since the Dolce Vita days of the 1950s and 1960s, but the Venice Film Festival lineup suggests it might be making a comeback. Ferzan Ozpetek's "A Perfect Day" was the first of four Italian films vying for the Golden Lion to make its premiere at Venice on Saturday. Based on an Italian novel, the movie is a tragic tale of domestic violence set in present-day Rome against the backdrop of two social strata, the increasingly...

2008-08-29 09:00:43

By Jeff Vice Deseret News THE LAST MISTRESS -- ** -- Asia Argento, Fu'ad Ait Aattou; in French, with English subtitles; not rated, probable R (sex, nudity, vulgarity, brief gore, violence, mild profanity, slurs, brief drugs) If American filmgoers have any prior knowledge of actress Asia Argento's work, it's because of movies like "xXx,""Marie Antoinette" and "George A. Romero's Land of the Dead." However, one of those indicated she had something like "The Last Mistress" in her. She's...

2008-08-28 00:00:26

By Peter Popham The Hollywood writers' strike has given home-grown films a chance to shine in Venice. Add the eclectic tastes of director Marco Mueller and this is an event like no other. By Peter Popham The Venice Film Festival This year's Venice Film Festival got off to a cliche-ridden start: the sun beat down, George Clooney and Brad Pitt, Italy's favourite Americans, flashed their dazzling Hollywood smiles and signed autographs for adoring fans, the water taxis threatened to go on...

2008-08-01 06:00:29

By Soren Andersen, The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash. Aug. 1--He's a beauty. She, not so much. With his flawless skin, slender build and plump pouty lips, Ryno de Marigny (Fu-ad Ait Aattou) looks like a very young Mick Jagger, an androgynous lady-killer who makes conquests effortlessly. With a nose a little too prominent and a forehead a little too large, the woman known as La Vellini (Asia Argento) is far from the most glamorous woman in Paris in 1838. (The screenplay is based on a...

2008-07-25 03:00:32

By Susan Dunne, The Hartford Courant, Conn. Jul. 25--"Mother of Tears" is a delicious chunk of cheese, a stylish and entertaining crock of old-style horror-genre schlock. Seeing such a relic in the era of torture porn is almost quaint, even as ceremonial daggers are cutting into orifices and entrails are sliding around the floor. Italian auteur Dario Argento's final installment in his "Three Mothers" trilogy, which began with "Suspiria" and "Inferno," goes for camp this time around. The...

2008-07-05 12:00:16

By ROBERT NOTT EL PASEO Divorce, Italian Style and Seduced and Abandoned, Sicilian social satires with sexual shenanigans, not rated, in Italian with subtitles, The Screen, 473-6494, 3.5 chiles A 40ish, married aristocrat runs cold for his overly cheerful spouse but hot for his cousin, who's still in high school -- one run by nuns, in fact. The man cannot legally divorce his wife due to an archaic law, so he concocts a plan to seduce the teen and murder his wife -- but only after he's...

2006-08-31 07:19:21

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - It's the lion versus the she-wolf. Italy's film industry is bracing for a war of the festivals between Venice's venerable "Mostra del Cinema," whose 63rd edition starts August 30, and Rome's new international film competition, which makes its debut in mid-October. Vague pledges of cooperation between the two events have done little to quash talk of an inevitable rivalry that could cast a shadow over Venice's Lido, which is already battling...

2006-04-19 01:59:56

By Gregory McNamee LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Anita Ekberg, the Swedish bombshell, so admired Federico Fellini that upon arriving in Rome to work on "La Dolce Vita," one of the famed director's associates reported, "she greeted him lying naked on her bed, ready to do the deed." Fellini was no stranger to backstage romances. Still, the associate continued, he was so flustered that he faked an attack of appendicitis, which he acted out so well that an ambulance took him away...

2006-03-23 14:53:04

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - Italian director Nanni Moretti brings Silvio Berlusconi to the big screen in "The Cayman," a bitter-sweet critique of the tycoon-turned-politician but also of those who demonise him. "The Cayman" hits the screens in Italy on Friday, just two weeks before an April 9-10 election which opinion polls say the prime minister's centre-right bloc is likely to lose. Its release has been hotly anticipated in Italy, both because of the proximity to the ballot...

2006-02-15 13:07:33

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Uneasy about their Mafia past and especially Hollywood's portrayals of it, Italian filmmakers have knocked down their own taboos in style with "Romanzo Criminale" that drew cheers at the Berlin Film Festival on Wednesday. Italian gangsters killing each other while remaining likeable characters has been a staple of U.S. films for decades but left Italy uncomfortable with the stereotypes. The epic "Romanzo Criminale" (Crime Novel) filled a...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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