Rosi’s ‘Fire at Sea’ is Italy’s Oscar contender

Gianfranco Rosi’s ‘Fuocoammare’ is Italy’s contender for the best foreign language film at the 2017 Oscars. The movie was selected on Monday from a field of seven by a committee at the offices of film industry association ANICA.   ‘Fuocoammare’ (Fire At Sea) is a documentary about Italian migrant stepping-stone island Lampedusa. It looks at the lives… Read More →

Shooting in Cinecittà, 70 years of Film – Part of Permanent Exhibit as Rome’s Studio City

  A new permanent exhibition chronicling 70 years of filmmaking history opens Saturday at Rome’s Cinecittà film studio complex. The eight-part exhibit titled Shooting in Cinecittà includes over 120 movies, 300 photos, costumes, set designs, and some 60 documentaries covering the decades from 1937-1990.   Beginning with historic and Fascist propaganda films from the late 1930s, the… Read More →

Italy’s Economy Falls by .5% over the last 15 Years – Why This Should Scare You

September 14, 2016 By William Medici   Luca Paolazzi, Chief Economist for Confidustria, the Italian industrial confederation, has reported what most of us already knew, that between 2000 and 2015 the Italian economy remained stagnant. It actually fell .5%, a significant number compared to other European nations. In the same period, France’s GDP grew by 18.5%, Germany’s… Read More →

Ambasciatore Usa: il «no» passo indietro. Di Maio duro (con gaffe)

«L’Italia `e un paese di G7 e un partner fondamentale all’interno dell’economia globale,`e nel nostro interesse di influenzare questi affari». William Medici.   John R. Phillips, U.S. Ambassador to Italy   September 13, 2016 By Il Sole 24 Ore   Se al referendum sulla riforma della Costituzione vincessero i “No” l’Italia farebbe «un grosso passo indietro». Lo… Read More →

Symposium shows Italy in the White House

  A symposium in the US capital on Tuesday highlighted the many influences Italy has had on the White House through the centuries, from Cicero’s ideal of the gentleman politician to the concept of equality espoused by Filippo Mazzei, which influenced Thomas Jefferson in guiding the nation’s founding principles.   The symposium “Italy in the White House:… Read More →

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