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July 7, 2008

Westward the Women

Laura E. Ruberto
Italian Film Poster for the U.S. film "Westward the Women" (1951)

What Frank Capra and an obscure William Wellman western might tell us about Italian American women.

July 3, 2008

Clemenza and Tessio are like Britain and France

Laura E. Ruberto
Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather"

The Pax Corleone, or what happens when two political analysts offer a close reading of "The Godfather" in an effort to explain contemporary US politics.

March 14, 2008

What Do Pizza, Mario Merola, and the Camorra Have to Do with Ikea?

Laura E. Ruberto
Totò Sapore e la Magica Storia della Pizza
Totò Sapore's theme song, sung by Edoardo Bennato

A long-lost relative from Brooklyn finds his way to an Italian kids' movie.

March 1, 2008

Gramsci, Cinema, Photography and Music

Laura E. Ruberto
Casa del Cinema, Villa Borghese, Rome

Listening, watching, and thinking about culture as a political tool.

February 16, 2008

Cinema Piemonte on the Streets of San Francisco

Laura E. Ruberto
"Riso amaro"

"Riso amaro" is screening in San Francisco soon, leading me to post about one of my favorite films.

January 12, 2008

Emile de Antonio's documentaries and radical art

Laura E. Ruberto
Underground, documentary by Emile de Antonio, Mary Lampson, and Haskell Wexler

The documentary films of Emile de Antonio, another chapter in Italian American radicalism.

January 19, 2008

On Bathing Nuns and Hegel

Laura E. Ruberto
Dirt (Piero Heliczer, 1965)

Piero Heliczer's underground films, transnational migration, and the role of the self in the creation of art.

March 4, 2008

Love Costs: Filipinos in Italy and the Movie, "Milan"

Laura E. Ruberto
"Milan" (Star Cinema)
Poster from "Milan" directed by Olivia M. Lamasan, 2004

What better place than Italy for immigrants to find both a job and a lover?

March 21, 2010

Photographs of Jack Salvatori, the British Valentino

Laura E. Ruberto
photo courtesy of Ray Holland
Jack Salvatori, possibly in the United States

On having received an envelope mailed to Berkeley, California from Cornwall, England with photographs of the Italo-British filmmaker and actor, Giovanni “Jack” Salvatori.

April 4, 2009

Italian American Romance in the Era Before Roe v. Wade

Laura E. Ruberto
"Love with the Proper Stranger" 1963

The 1963 film Love with the Proper Stranger dealt with the limited choices faced by an Italian American woman a decade before abortion was legalized in the U.S.

August 8, 2009

Uncredited Extras: Cinecittà’s Refugees and the Italian American Who Filmed Them

Laura E. Ruberto
Refugees at Cinecitta', Rome, 1944

Jack Salvatori, an almost-forgotten Italian American director, made a film about Cinecittà’s role as a camp for WWII refugees.

February 3, 2010

Frank Capra Films Italian-San Francisco

Laura E. Ruberto
(agenzia bozzo)
The Italian Cruiser, Libia, at its baptism, November, 11, 1912

Capturing Italy’s encounter with California in Frank Capra’s documentary "La visita dell’ Incrociatore Italiano Libia a San Francisco, Calif., 6-29 Novembre 1921"

November 22, 2008

The Other Rocky Movie

Laura E. Ruberto
Paul Newman in the Rocky Graziano story, "Somebody Up There Likes Me"

Paul Newman’s turn as an Italian American boxer leaves me wondering where all those gum machines went.

March 13, 2014

Mobsters in Sin City

Laura E. Ruberto

The Las Vegas Mob Museum doesn’t know what to do with all those Italian American gangsters everyone loves to talk about so much.