Che successe? Dec. 08-14, 2019

Your weekly round-up of news, events, and what’s going on (che successe) in the world of Italian film.

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  • This weekend, the Wexner Center for the Arts will screen Francesco Rosi’s long-lost, four-part film Cristo si è fermato a Eboli (Christ Stopped at Eboli), presented by Rialto Pictures.
  • Matteo Garrone’s new adaptation of Pinocchio, starring Roberto Benigni, premiered Thursday in Rome.
  • New trailer debut for the upcoming 4K restoration of Federico Fellini’s Il Sceicco Bianco (The White Sheik).
  • Janus Films tweeted that “new 4K restorations of Fellini’s masterworks are in the pipeline” for his centenary next year.

Festivals & Awards

  • The winners of the very first Meno di Trenta awards, dedicated to Italian film and TV actors under thirty years old, were announced this week.
  • The 2020 Palm Springs International Film Festival announced their lineup this week. Their selections include a special Focus on Italy program (including U.S. premieres of Il campione (The Champion) and  Simple Women, plus Croce e delizia (An Almost Ordinary Summer) as the opening night film.

La Dolce Vita

  • Harpers Bazaar posted a fun piece on the “Hollywood on the Tiber” scene of Rome in the 1960s, including soundbites and anecdotes involving Anita Ekberg, Sophia Loren, and others. One takeaway: Anna Magnani threw a plate of spaghetti into Roberto Rossellini’s face when he opened a letter from Ingrid Bergman in front of her.







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