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Totò In Milan Posted by on Apr 26, 2017

A few days ago was the 50th anniversary of the death of Totò (Napoli, 1898 – Roma, 15th April 1967), one of Italian cinema’s greatest comedians. Totò is the pseudonym of Antonio Griffo Focas Flavio Angelo Ducas Comneno Porfiro-genito Gagliardi de Curtis di Bisanzio. Guess why he used the nickname Totò! Totò (a common abbreviation…

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It’s Wonderful – Via Con Me Posted by on Jul 3, 2014

Paolo Conte, singer, pianist, composer, artist and lawyer, was born in Asti, Piemonte, in 1937. The first time I became aware of his music was when watching one of my favourite comedy films, Anthony and Joe Russo’s Welcome to Collingwood, a remake of Mario Monicelli’s 1958 film I Soliti Ignoti (English title: Big Deal on…

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Una Grande Bellezza? Posted by on Mar 10, 2014

It won an Oscar for best foreign language film of 2014, The Golden Globe Award and the BAFTA, but is really all that good? Let me state right here and now that I haven’t actually seen La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty), directed by Paolo Sorrentino. But after it was screened at the Cineforum here…

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