I only curate & teach films that I love, and along with Tornatore’s love letter to Sicily, L’uomo Della Stelle, I absolutely love Gabriele Salvatores’ Oscar winning Romantic comedy, Mediterraneo.
A sweet romantic comedy that nonetheless calls out the failures of the Italian government both during & after the war, this film, while extremely entertaining, is also tremendously thought-provoking.
Well written, well acted, shot as a publicity postcard for the Greek Islands, this filmquestions the idea of Italian identity & the very nature of italianità.
@ProfVFranco: Italy was actually a series of city-states until its unification as the Kingdom of Italy-1861. By June 2, 1946- the monarchy was out & a republic was formed.
@ProfVFranco: October- beer fest, Halloween & …Italian American heritage month ! Gotta love Cimabue & his gorgeous tho fading frescoes In Assisi #italy # italianheritage
American Impressionism – springing from the influence of its French counterpart & fueled by Civil War profit made by Northerners at war’s end.
1865 onwards saw a rise in American travel to Europe & the artistic education of both American art collectors & artists alike. The ashes of the American civil war led to an eventual appreciation of the French Impressionists & the appropriation of the movement to American soil -with American perspectives.
Watching Cagney’s City for Conquest & thinking of it as inspiration for 2013 christian bale starrer “the furnace” & 2010 “the fighter”.
Great brave brothers bailing out their troublesome, tormented brothers using their fists. All the hallmarks of the complexities of the human psyche that i love to see in good film.
Somehow “project x” & “the 100 foot long journey” ended up being an interesting Franco double feature. Not as good as my Gravity & Nebraska mash-up during Oscar screening season but somehow a good study in contrasts. Crap vs quality ?
Pitch session for “project x”: so its “risky business” meets “ferris buehler’s day off” with a little “neighbors” thrown in.
“100 foot” -sweet film -easy to guess plot but still a nice little excursion. manish dayal has come a way since his Quality inn hotel chain commercial (ad is still running in the ny market by the way).
Am I ready to start curating double headers at the New Beverly yet, Mr. T?