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Sardinia Journal: Alghero

Francis Levy | Posted 08.22.2016 | Travel
Francis Levy

If you want to see a carousel that's propelled by a bicyclist who high fives screaming children as he pedals then visit Alghero one of the two main c...

Rome Journal: Rebibbia

Francis Levy | Posted 01.14.2017 | Travel
Francis Levy

Rebibbia is the last stop on the B line, far from the Center of Rome with it tourist buses and luxury hotels. It's also the home of the Rebibbia priso...

Rome Journal: The Whores of Rome

Francis Levy | Posted 01.05.2017 | Travel
Francis Levy

In ancient times Rome was a palace of debauchery. Gore Vidal wrote the script for Caligula, the story of the emperor who epitomized the debauchery tha...

Don't Bite Your Nails!

Francis Levy | Posted 11.05.2016 | Comedy
Francis Levy

There's a famous scene in Pasolini's Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom, a masterpiece of depravity, far exceeding even the Republican presidential debates, in which the feckless victims are forced to eat apples laced with nails.

The Aftermath of Tribeca: James Franco on Adderall, Lily Tomlin as a Grandma, Jason Schwartzman with a Huge Penis, and the Wolfpack Are Coming to Your Local Theatres

Brandon Judell | Posted 05.28.2016 | Arts
Brandon Judell

Of the hundreds of films screened at festivals across the nation only a handful will wind up at your local theatres, and that goes for those lucky enough to have been viewed at the growingly prestigious Tribeca Film Festival (TFF).

Rome Journal: Pier Paolo Pasolini's Mamma Roma, an Iconography

Francis Levy | Posted 03.11.2015 | Travel
Francis Levy

Pier Paulo Pasolini's masterpiece Mamma Roma (1962) is a story about a woman, but it's also a tale of a city.

Rome Journal: Mi Ricordo Mamma Roma

Francis Levy | Posted 03.08.2015 | Travel
Francis Levy

Da Meo Patacca is set in the heart of Trastevere only a few steps away from Santa Cecilia where Stefano Maderno claimed to create his sculpture from the remains within the tomb of the famously tortured religious figure after which the church is named.

Abel Ferrara's "Pasolini" Premieres at the Deauville American Film Festival: A Heated Discussion with the Director

Karin Badt | Posted 11.18.2014 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

Take away the poetry from Pier Paolo Pasolini's artistic vision and one has Abel Ferrara's Pasolini, a film about the writer-director's last days, wh...

The Gospel According to Pasolini

Peter Occhiogrosso | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion
Peter Occhiogrosso

John XXIII was apparently the kind of earthy, open-minded pope Pasolini could relate to despite his distrust of organized religion. Whether he would have felt the same way about Pope Francis is an open question. An even more significant question is whether Francis will leave the kind of indelible mark on the papacy that Pope John did.

The Return of the Gray Panther

Francis Levy | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy
Francis Levy

The question is will Liberator's SpeediCath Self-Lubricating Catheter bring happiness in the golden years? If you tune into CNN on a typical Sunday mo...

Victor Hugo and Abraham Lincoln

Norman MacAfee | Posted 03.31.2013 | Entertainment
Norman MacAfee

In this film awards season, two works embody enduring pinnacles of idealism.

Pasolini at 90 at MoMA

Norman MacAfee | Posted 12.13.2012 | Arts
Norman MacAfee

Pasolini became world renowned in 1964 with the opening of his film about Jesus: The Gospel According to Matthew. It was reviewed in Life magazine, at that time America's major weekly picture magazine.

With the World's Best Young Chefs -- "Cooking It Raw" in Pasolini Country

Barry Yourgrau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Barry Yourgrau

Thirteen of the world's best young chefs gathered last month for the 2nd freewheeling Cook It Raw! culinary event, this year held in the trendsetting wine-region of Collio in Friuli. The theme: "Winter Was Hard."