Among the most insidious, narcotizing illusions that the powerful can peddle to the less empowered is the suggestion that choice equals freedom — that as long as we have the option to decide between…
Al Pacino will be feted by the 8th Los Angeles-Italia Film Fashion and Art Festival, the annual pre-Oscars showcase celebrating Italian cinema and its Hollywood ties.
"The Artist" star Berenice Bejo is in final negotiations to topline Michele Placido's French-language drama "The Choice," one of 27 projects presented at Les Arcs European Film Festival's…
There's good gritty, and then there's the kind of rub-your-face-in-it, scene-chewing gritty of Alessandro Gassman's helming debut, "The Mongrel."
Just as Silvio Berlusconi, freshly convicted of tax fraud Oct. 25 (and still facing charges of consorting with an underage girl) blew a fuse, threatening to bring down the Italian government, "Viva…
Italo thesp-turned-helmer Michele Placido ("Vallanzasca") crosses the border into France for "The Lookout," a gritty cops-and-crooks caper in which the bad guys are in cahoots with a sniper.
Fabio Conversi, the charismatic Italian expat behind Paris-based Babe Films and distribution banner Bellissima, has been an ally to some of Italy's most applauded contemporary filmmakers, including…
Ironically deficient in both directorial daring and insight.
This pricey Italian historical re-creation with a sexy young cast should do OK business locally.
Michele Placido's gangster epic "Crime Novel" rides full steam through Italy's years of terrorism in the '70s but loses force halfway through the two-hour-plus mark. Still, first half plays as a…