For the first part of his life, Frank Serpico had to deal with the corruption of the New York City Police Department. Once he agreed to testify at the Knapp Commission in 1971 and then after the Peter Maas book and Sidney Lumet film (1973) starring Al Pacino, he had to deal with the mythical figure of Serpico.
We are delighted to re-publish an article by Stanislao Pugliese in memory of the renowned singer-songwriter Pino Daniele. Daniele passed away two years ago, but during the course of his career, he brilliantly combined rock, African-American blues, and Neapolitan music.
Documenting the stories of Italian Jews in the Americas.
On Monday, March 28, the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò will present Gianna Pontecorboli's book, "Americordo": The Italian Jewish Exiles in America
Based on his novel Il trono vuoto (The Vacant Throne), Roberto Andò’s film Viva la libertà appeared last year in Italy at a propitious moment, just as Florence mayor Matteo Renzi stormed to national political prominence and assumed the office of prime minister (the youngest in Italian history) in early 2014. Both the film and the reality deal with a moment of crisis of the left; but perhaps that is where the similarities end.
The competition is fierce: Torino, Venice, Bergamo, Ravenna, Urbino, Siena, PerugiAssisi (as they style themselves for this), Terni, L’Aquila, Amalfi, Bari, Brindisi, Catanzaro and Palermo. Against these “pezzi grossi” the city of Matera in Basilicata has put itself forward as a candidate for the title of European Capital of Culture for 2019.
I am honored to participate in this very important dialogue with my distinguished colleagues, who have already weighed in with profound and even provocative observations. While all the posts have been interesting, I especially like George DeStefano’s commentary.