Category Archives: Cinema and TV

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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Avant-garde films searching for lost fatherhood

The father figure in the two generational works of art: “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Tree of Life” There are works of literature and film that, in addition to being timeless, portray the greatest problems of their generation. In my opinion, this is the case with To Kill a Mockingbird, the first and only…
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Are girls more vulnerable to television exposure of “social aggression”?

Martins and Wilson from the Universities of Indiana and Illinois (USA) conducted a survey on students that demonstrated a close link between exposure to “social aggression” on television and an increase in socially aggressive behavior at school. By “social aggression” the authors refer to “moral violence”, that is non-physical aggression that damages self-esteem or consideration…
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German Filmmaker Reminds Us that Peace Begins in the Living Room

While our day-to-day life may not be characterized by desert, war and danger, Marcus Vetter’s films speak to every man’s ability to be the protagonists in forgiveness. When documentary filmmaker Marcus Vetter followed his heart to the declared warzone of Jenin, Palestine, 5 years ago, he didn’t expect it to lead to a trilogy.That was…
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“Youth 2.0” at the Fiuggi Family Festival 2012

All eyes were focused on youth at the fifth annual Fiuggi Family Festival ( www.fiuggifamilyfestival.org ), which took place at the medieval village of Fiuggi, the usual venue in Lazio, from July 25 to 29. This year's festival saw a great novelty--the creation of a second location, away from the Family Village, specifically dedicated to…
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Bagger Vance: Not Only a Legend. Coaching as Education

The Legend of Bagger Vance is a film from the year 2000 directed by Robert Redford. It intends to be a metaphor for life. Redford explains in an interview, "nobody knows better than a golf player that in this sport, all of life's morals are condensed. The 'Legend of Bagger Vance' is not only a…
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Choosing a Movie

Choosing a Movie 2012 (Scegliere un film 21012) (edited by Armando Fumagalli, Luisa Cotta Ramosino), Ares Editions, Milan 2012. Cinematically speaking, the last season will be remembered as the season of superheroes: Captain America, The Avengers, Batman, Spiderman…perhaps even Mission Impossible IV and Sherlock Holmes II , two of the greatest successes, could be included…
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Dinner’s ready! The family’s being served

The family has always been one of the most preferred and widely-used subjects in advertising because it is one of the best commercial vehicles to represent standard and multi- target consumer models. More often than not, the stereotypes portrayed of an average family are ideal and unreal models: mother, father, and children (strictly one boy…
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An Interview with Colin Brady

Colin Brady is an American animator and film director. He has worked as lead animator, animation director, supervising animator and co-director with animated film powerhouses Pixar and Industrial Light & Magic. His credits have included Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A Bug's Life, Men in Black II, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events and…
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“White as milk, red as blood” brought to the cinema

“It’s unfair. Death brushes away everything. What really is the point in having dreams?” These harsh and startling words come from a scene in a film called “White as milk, red as blood”, directed by Giacomo Campiotti, based on the book with the same title written by Alessandro D’Avenia. The answer is implicit in the…
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