Mario Martone is among Italy's most influential cultural figures, active as a director in theatre as well as in film. His “Leopardi,” at Venice in competition and also in Toronto, is a classic biopic…
Despite considerable enthusiasm among international cognoscenti for the 19th-century Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi, his fame remains largely at home;
An unrelentingly flat and numbingly long costumer that follows Italy's unification.
As Cannes winds down, the Venice Film Festival, which runs Sept. 1-11, looks set to have a strong Asian accent with John Woo's martial arts actioner "Reign of Assassins" and Johnny To's hitman…
Driven by a desire to be faithful to the film's source material, Sony Pictures and helmer Ryan Murphy decamped to Campania in September so they could shoot Julia Roberts eating a pizza in famed…
Since the early 1990s, when Mario Martone's psychological noir "L'amore molesto" (Nasty Love) delved into the intriguing underbelly of this Mediterranean metropolis and went to Cannes, a new…
The most accomplished film yet from Neapolitan director Mario Martone (whose somewhat obscure "L'amore molesto" competed at Cannes in 1995), "Rehearsal for War" is a brilliant stylistic tour de force…
Citing a tendency among the world's film-makers to look toward the new millennium with a certain brooding pessimism, fest topper Gillo Pontecorvo has unveiled a competition lineup for the 52nd Venice…