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Italian Cinema In The San Francisco/Bay Area

12 August 2009 1:39 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

When it comes to consular promotion of Bay Area film culture, few do better than San Francisco’s Italian Cultural Institute.  Participating with local community organizations, cinematheques and movie theatres, the Institute helps put on a series of programs that bring the best of Italian cinema to Bay Area audiences.

Currently running through August 29 at the Pacific Film Archive is Ecco l’uomo, a celebration of Italian actors in a series curated by Susan Oxtoby.  As Pfa boasts: “Behind every great Italian auteur stands a great Italian actor—or several.  Where would Federico Fellini be without Marcello Mastroianni, or Mario Monicelli without Alberto Sordi or Totò?  This series celebrates classic Italian cinema through its leading men.”

I’ve caught two so far in the series—The Organizer (1963) and The Desert of the Tartars (1976)—and anticipate Elio Petri, Ettore Scola, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Sergio Leone in the weeks to come. »

- Michael Guillen

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'Great War' to be Venice pre-opening film

6 July 2009 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Rome -- Fifty years after it won the Golden Lion on the Venice Lido, Mario Monicelli's classic "La Grande Guerra" (The Great War) will reappear in Venice in a completely refurbished state and the festival's official pre-opening film.

The screening will take place at the Arena di Campo San Polo in Venice on Sept. 1, the eve of the festival. Giuseppe Tornatore's coming of age comedy "Baaria -- La porta de Vento" is the official opening film of the Sept. 2-12 festival.

Festival officials said that the 94-year-old Monicelli -- whose honors also include a career Venice Golden Lion from 1991 and two Oscar nominations -- will be on hand for the screening. »

- By Eric J. Lyman

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Screenwriter Tullio Pinelli dies at 100

9 March 2009 10:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Rome -- Famed Italian screenwriting legend Tullio Pinelli, best known for co-writing Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" and "8 1/2" died over the weekend in Rome. He was 100.

Even though Pinelli worked with other Italian masters such as Roberto Rossellini and Mario Monicelli, it was his work with Fellini that netted him four Oscar nominations. Pinelli wrote more than a dozen of Fellini's films, starting with the master's first and last films. »

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