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Vittorio De Sica

General Della Rovere

Francis Levy | Posted 10.05.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

Roberto Rossellini's General Della Rovere (1959), which was recently revived as a part of Vittorio De Sica retrospective, currently playing at Film Forum, is a chance to see the great Italian director (Bicycle Thieves, 1948, The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, 1970), act.

All's Not Fair in Love and War

George Heymont | Posted 09.20.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Now that 70 years have passed since the end of World War II, it's interesting to look at it from new perspectives. Although I doubt there was any collaboration between the two San Francisco summer festivals that did so, the results were fascinating.

Movie Directors and Mount Rushmores: Eleven Country's Best Filmmakers

Jon Eig | Posted 07.17.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

The Mt. Rushmorification of social discourse is destroying any semblance of nuanced, sophisticated analysis. And I'm right there with it, doing what I can to continue the trend.

Rape as Weapon of War: San Francisco Opera's World Premiere of Two Women (La Ciociara)

Renate Stendhal, Ph.D. | Posted 07.02.2015 | Arts
Renate Stendhal, Ph.D.

Two Women walks a satisfying line between harmony and dissonance, high drama and lyrical sensitivity.

Big Deal on Madonna Street

Francis Levy | Posted 01.31.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958), which was recently revived as part of the Mario Monicelli series at Film Forum is literally Roman comedy.

'Women, War & Peace' is a Must-See Series

Barbara Probst Solomon | Posted 12.13.2011 | Women
Barbara Probst Solomon

This groundbreaking series must be seen.

25 Foreign Films Even Subtitle Haters Should See

John Farr | Posted 05.31.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Reading subtitles is a lot like riding a bicycle. Practice not only makes perfect, soon enough it's second nature so you don't even notice you're doing it. This particularly holds true when you're watching something great.

Sophia Loren Honored at Academy

Jay Weston | Posted 07.06.2011 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

This week, Loren was honored by AMPAS at their Samuel Goldwyn Theatre. What I came away with was how extraordinary a talent this woman was, with a range of performances probably unrivaled in film history.

Blackberries Off: Ten Essential Movies For Easily Distracted Twenty-Somethings

John Farr | Posted 06.12.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

What if we only had a month in which to force our young adult offspring to see ten essential movies before they succumbed entirely to short-form digital content? My own personal picks.

Never Again: Ten Great Holocaust Films You May Have Missed

John Farr | Posted 06.20.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

We should all periodically revisit the best books and films on the Holocaust, however unpleasant, to keep our own awareness, watchfulness, and revulsion very much alive. There is no shortage of worthy choices.

For Father's Day, Dads in Film

John Farr | Posted 06.24.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

As we salute fathers far and wide this Sunday, why not pop in some first-rate DVD titles that examine the distinct challenges of fatherhood, and how various dads rise to the occasion or, for a host of reasons, fall short.

For Father's Day, A Few Cinematic Takes On Being A Dad

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

Prior to this Sunday, why not check out some first-rate DVD titles that examine the distinct challenges of fatherhood, and how we either rise to the occasion or, for a host of reasons, fall short.