Category Archives: Cinema and TV

Once upon a time there was a charming prince…

A central theme of classical fairy tales is the love story between a man and woman, between the prince and the damsel... between the hero and a beautiful young lady, always present to rescue, protect and nurture. In their appreciable purity and simplicity, these fairy tales often have stereotypical stories, characters and far-fetched endings. Just…
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Memory in the Internet Age: A Study Reveals How it’s Changed

Raise your hand if you know the cell phone number of your own parent or child by heart? Who knows the birthdays of their friends, relatives or closest colleagues, without having to check Facebook or some other electronic database? In the vast majority of cases, the response is negative. Nevertheless, our grandparents remembered them all.…
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Disadvantaged children and families in front of the small screen.

According to the recently compiled data by Moige (Italian Parents Movement), concerning its November 2010 report, the Italian Television fails to offer children and family-friendly television products. Fiction, such as Cesaroni, or the TV series My Name Is Earl continues to promote ways of life based only on sex, with an inappropriate vulgar language that…
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Lost: A series that makes you think

In the midst of television today, saturated with inconsistent programs, it’s comforting to discover from time to time a series such as Lost. It’s credited with having brought deep issues to the screen- the identity and fate of man, his responsibility facing free will, the sense of guilt, the possibility of redemption- and having a…
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Films with Family Values Produced in Recent Years

Reading a story can be an enriching personal experience in which one’s sense of wonder is sparked, the mind is opened to question and understand deep human realities in a new light and in a greater depth, and the heart is moved to aspire to the great values transmitted through the plots, subplots and characters.…
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A Year of Zapping: a critical guide to Italian television programs

Coordinated by Elisabetta Scala, edited by Alessandra Caneva and Daniela Delfini A Year of Zapping: a critical guide to Italian television programs Media Observatory of the Italian Parents Movement (MOIGE). Magi Publishers, 2011, 276 pg. Little books grow. In our case, it’s good to say, paraphrasing the title of the well-known novel by Louisa May…
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Adolescents in series

Television series for adolescents: yesterday, today, and tomorrow. A long time ago, we had Happy Days: a series that began in the USA in 1974, but took place in the 50’s. It was seen as a legacy of a happy recent past: an era where parent-child confrontation never became a dispute. Love was always sought,…
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Film and Family: Recommended Films to Watch Together

Film and Family: Recommended Films to Watch Together, edited by Sentieri del Cinema, Itaca 2011, € 10. (Original Title: Cinema e famiglia: proposte di film da guardare insieme). The publisher Itaca has put together a list of 55 films to watch as a family in a convenient, compact book of just over 100 pages. The…
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