Cinema Italiano

Cinema Italiano

Cinema Italiano is the first podcast dedicated to Italian film. In each episode, we discuss specific films, directors, or topics, and explore how they tie back to Italian geography, heritage, and culture. In this series, we’ll bring in guests to discuss classic Italian cinema, lesser known gems, and share our favorites and recommendations.

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February 16, 2021
Class, wealth, and power are at the forefront of Paolo Virzì's award-winning drama.
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Mario Monicelli's New Year's Eve-set comedy surfaces generational divides, power dynamics, and deception.
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Counting down the top 5 Italian films of 2020.
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Notturno, Padrenostro, Lacci (The Ties), and more!
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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).
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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)
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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)
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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)
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This episode features an audio essay on Alice Rohrwacher’s debut fiction feature Corpo celeste (Heavenly Body), a modern-day take on Marta… Read more Episode #14: Corpo celeste (Alice Rohrwacher, 2011)
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January 28, 2020
Celebrating Fellini's filmography, career, plus rumors on what could be coming later from Criterion.
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I’m back from the 31st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival! I wanted to provide an overview of the seven… Read more Episode #12: The 31st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival
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I got to speak with director Leonardo D’Agostini and screenwriter Antonella Lattanzi to discuss their film Il campione (The Champion) (2019).… Read more Episode #11: Interview with Leonardo D’Agostini & Antonella Lattanzi (The Champion)
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In this episode, I sit down with first-time director Chiara Malta to discuss her film Simple Women (2019). During our conversation,… Read more Episode #10: Interview with Chiara Malta (Simple Women)
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In this episode, I sit down with first-time director Beniamino Barrese to discuss his film Storia di B. – La… Read more Episode #09: Interview with Beniamino Barrese (The Disappearance of My Mother)
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This special Halloween spook-tacular dives into Dario Argento’s 1977 Italian horror classic Suspiria as well as Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 remake! We’re… Read more Episode #08: Suspiria Spook-tacular (Dario Argento, 1977 & Luca Guadagnino, 2018)
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The new episode of Cinema Italiano is our first foray into Italian horror, dissecting Mario Bava’s Black Sunday (1960) with special… Read more Episode #07: Black Sunday (Mario Bava, 1960)
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The new episode of Cinema Italiano discusses Federico Fellini’s landmark film 8 1/2! In our conversation, we go into how this… Read more Episode #06: 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini, 1963)
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Buona Pasqua! This is a special Easter edition of Cinema Italiano, with an audio essay on Pier Paolo Pasolini’s The Gospel… Read more Episode #05: The Gospel According to St. Matthew (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1964)
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This episode features some news updates (including the Criterion Channel launch) and an audio essay on Roberto Rossellini’s The Flowers of… Read more Episode #04: The Flowers of St. Francis (Roberto Rossellini, 1950)
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We deep-dive into this modern classic, including the cultural context of its northern Italian setting, how art and music contribute to the greater narrative, and how language and identity play a key role in this coming-of-age love story.
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