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February 12, 2011

The Italian-American Political & Moral Bocce Club of Paradise Funds the Documentary Film Baci Bocce!!!

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A frame from Guido Anselmi’s film "BACI BOCCE!!!"

While other organizations complain incessantly about negative media images of Italian Americans, the Italian-American Political & Moral Bocce Club of Paradise is taking the lead in cultural philanthropy.

March 23, 2010

Visiting 15th Century Italy with my 15-Year-Old Son

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Gaming lessons from the Boot.

November 29, 2009

The Film Festival of Positive Italian-American Images

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Uncle Nino stops to smell the flowers.

Positive images of Italian-Americans that aren’t.

May 8, 2009

Routes of Return

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Scene from Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’avventura (1960 ).

Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1960 film "L’avventura" provides a cinematic voyage back to Italy.

July 1, 2008

Watching “Serpico” with my Thirteen-Year-Old Son

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Musings on heroes, role models, and the Italian-American imaginative.

September 14, 2008

The Sound of Italian-American Cultural Philanthropy

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What happens when a PBS station targets Italian Americans as donors?

July 29, 2008

Watching Mob Movies with my Fourteen-Year-Old Son

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Don Homer

A “teachable moment” about mafia realities and representations.

May 23, 2008

Linking the Diaspora Cinematically

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Australia’s Federation of Italian Migrant Workers and their Families holds its “The Weird Mob 2: The Italian Invasion” Film Festival.

March 5, 2008

Italians in Hollywood

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Anna Magnani in The Fugitive Kind (1959).

Anna Magnani's and Raf Vallone's portrayals of Italian-Americans seen anew in New York.

December 13, 2009

An entry from The Encyclopedia of Imagined Italian-Americana

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Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason) in front of a presepio.

The lost Christmas special of "The Honeymooners" with an Italian-American theme, from the Imaginarium of Joey Skee.

September 14, 2016

WOV-AM’s La Grande Famiglia

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Ad for WOV-AM from 'Divagando' magazine, July 28, 1954.

Written and audio documents for my research and essay on the radio show "La Grande Famiglia."

February 3, 2010

Fear and (Self-)Loathing in Italian America

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The Specter of the Gavon Haunts the Prominenti.

July 23, 2009

Serendipitous Encounters of an Italian-American Kind

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Alfredo Bascetta (1889-1982)

The shared histories of Neapolitan singer Alfredo Bascetta and political activist/film worker Gino Bardi are revealed by a Brooklyn walkabout.