This idea started with a San Pellegrino bottle. I was sitting in a meeting, listening with less than rapt attention, when I noticed a label around the neck of a co-worker’s bottle of fizzy water. It said, “2013: Anno della Cultura Italiana, Year of Italian Culture.”
My first thought was, “How the Hell haven’t I heard about this? There’s a major event focusing on Italian culture in America, on my heritage and I didn’t even know?”
My second thought was, “Gee, that would be a really ottimo excuse for a blogathon.”
I’m orchestrating this blogathon, Italian-style to celebrate all aspects of Italian film culture—including how Italian culture has influenced or been influenced by other national cinemas.
If you want to compare and contrast Yojimbo and A Fistful of Dollars or delve into American mafia flicks or look at how movies from various countries use Roman locations, you are more than welcome to do so.
Fell free to write about individual Italian movies, actors, directors, composers, and cinematographers. I also invite you to explore unexpected facets of the cinema’s love affair with Italian culture and vice-versa.
Movie posters by Italian artists continue to stun and delight me. Opera arias by Bellini, Verdi, and Puccini, among others, remain on the hit parade for cinematic scores. Bring on your giallo and your peplum blog posts. Spread the Neorealism love. Share the genius of Italian silent epics. Bask in the glory of Italian-American cinema. These are just a few ideas, but you have my full permission to get creative!
The blogathon begins on June 2, Italy’s Festa Della Repubblica, and ends on July 4, America’s Independence Day. I will add new entries to the blogathon on the Thursday of each week. Just let me know if you plan on posting, at the latest, the Wednesday before the date when you’d like me to feature your post.
To participate, please leave a comment including your topic, the week you plan on posting it, and the link to your blog or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Multiple entries are welcome! If you’re not sure about whether a topic “qualifies,” you are welcome to ask, but basically, this is about love and enthusiasm for Italian culture in its many forms, so you’re probably fine.
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Please do note that I and my blog are in no way affiliated with the Year of Italian Culture. This blogathon was inspired by the occasion, but has no official link to it.