When I can to Rome the first time with my family we were six in one room: father, mother and four children. Gina Lollobrigida, who today celebrates her 90th birthday, has for many years lived in her grand villa on the Appia Antica, the long Roman road which now links villas and parks on the outskirts of Rome. Lollobrigida wasn’t intending to be an actress; she studied … [Read more...] about Gina Lollobrigida at 90 on Loren, Castro, singing and sculpture: “I was the number one!”
Sophia Loren will be returning to the big screen in a film based on Jean Cocteau's 1930s play La Voce Umana (The Human Voice). Loren last appeared in the cinema in Lina Wertmuller's Peperoni Ripieni e Pesci in Faccia (Too Much Romance, It's Time For Stuffed Peppers) in 2004, and on television in La mia casa e’ piena di specchi (My House if Full of Mirrors), an … [Read more...] about Sophia Loren returns to the big screen after a decade
Pope Benedict XVI said at a meeting of cardinals this morning that he will resign as pontiff at the end of this month: Dear Brothers, I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come … [Read more...] about Pope resigns! Extraordinary news from Rome.
Tony Manero is coming to town in a brand new production of Saturday Night Fever, performed in an all-Italian translation as La Febbre del Sabato Sera. After a few months of touring in the Netherlands earlier this year, the popular stage version of the film which launched John Travolta's career arrives at Milan's Teatro Nazionale. Apart from recreating the iconic white suit … [Read more...] about Saturday nights heat up as Tony Manero struts into Milan
One of the most respected Milanese theatres was born from an artistic collaboration between three pillars of Italian theatre: the director Franco Parenti, writer Giovanni Testori and up-and-coming young director Andrée Ruth Shammah. Together they formed the Salone Pier Lombardo which, since Parenti's death in 1989, has been run by Shammah, and renamed Teatro Franco Parenti. … [Read more...] about Milan’s Teatro Franco Parenti celebrates its birthday with an orgy of Hamlets