“Luca” has rich overtones of a coming out story dealing with identity and acceptance, as well as numerous references to Italian culture, music, and more cinema italiano.
Class, wealth, and power are at the forefront of Paolo Virzì’s award-winning drama.
Mario Monicelli’s New Year’s Eve-set comedy surfaces generational divides, power dynamics, and deception.
Counting down the top 5 Italian films of 2020.
Notturno, Padrenostro, Lacci (The Ties), and more!
An exploration of Pietro Marcello’s first four features: Crossing the Line (2007), The Mouth of the Wolf (2009), The Silence of Pelesjan (2011), and Lost and Beautiful (2015).
This episode discusses Nanni Moretti’s Caro diario (Dear Diary), an introspective autobiographical look at three phases of Moretti’s life. This story… Read more Episode #17: Caro diario (Nanni Moretti, 1993)
This episode explores Abel Ferrara’s Tommaso, a semi-autobiographical tale of an American filmmaker living in Rome with his wife and daughter.… Read more Episode #16: Tommaso (Abel Ferrara, 2019)
This episode features an audio essay on Luchino Visconti’s final film L’Innocente (The Innocent), discussing the film’s themes of dishonesty, self-interest,… Read more Episode #15: L’Innocente (Luchino Visconti, 1976)
The film presents characters with agency, privilege, and power, and the question ultimately is how (or whether) they choose to exercise that.