The late great Italian actor Vittorio Gassman, best known to US audiences as the star of such classics as “Big Deal on Madonna Street” and “Il Sorpasso” (“The Easy Life”), will celebrate, Los Angeles – Italy Fashion and Film Arts Festival, which will take place from March 20-26 at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
The annual pre-Oscar event, featuring film, music, and a celebration of the showbiz relationship between Italy and Hollywood, in its 17th edition, will see Gassmann’s birth centenary with a small retro version in honor of the famous artist who, among other things. Awards He won Best Actor at Cannes in 1975 for his performance as a blind man in Dino Rizzi’s “Profumo di Donna”, which was later re-produced in English as “Scent of a Woman” with Al Pacino.
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“It is an honor and a great pleasure to honor a well-deserved tribute to an Italian genius whose talent and charm have captured the world,” said Academy Award-winning Italian-American screenwriter and director Bobby Moresco (“Crush”). Moresco is a member of the festival’s board of directors, which also includes producers Marc and Dorothy Canton, former president of AMPAS Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Italian Marina Ciccona, Franco Nero, Tony Rennis, Alessandro Bertolazi, Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo.
Founded and produced by Pascal Vidomeni, the LA-Italia Festival is preceded by Capri’s sister event, Hollywood, recently concluded with a glittering concert held on January 3 at the 18th-century Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Europe’s oldest opera house.
The Naples gala was attended by model and actress Modelina Guinea (“House of Gucci”), Israeli singers Bill August and Paul Haggis, Israeli singer and human rights activist Noa, who performed, and many prominent Italian talents including the powerful Napoli band consisting of Actors Tony Cervello and Teresa Sabonangelo (“Hand of God”) and director Mario Marton.
During Capri, Hollywood, the Netflix movies did well with “The Hand of God” set in Naples by Paolo Sorrentino taking the Best Director award, while Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog” took the Best Picture award. Maggie Gyllenhaal’s “The Lost Daughter,” based on a book by Neapolitan author Elena Ferrante, won best non-original screenplay, another testament to the artistic vitality of the southern Italian port city that has become the epicenter of Italian cinema.
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