Top 5 Favorite Films about Italian American Culture

By Joan Amenn I am a fourth generation Italian American. The stories of my ancestors that I grew up with both mirror and contrast with how my ethnicity have been depicted on screen, much like anyone else’s cultural heritage when subjected to dramatization. Here are some of the films that have special meaning to me. 1. The Godfather Parts 1 & 2 (1972, 1974): I’m … Continue reading Top 5 Favorite Films about Italian American Culture

The Great {Gatsby} Daisy

In literature and in film, “The Great Gatsby” has become an iconic piece of the modern American cultural landscape. Any reader worth their salt will know F Scott Fitzgerald’s book and many will probably know the three signature movie adaptations of that story from 1949, 1974 and 2013.

According to critics, each of these movies has failed to deliver key components of the connections, feelings, and romance of the book. And it is possible that no film will ever secure or satisfy everybody’s desire to see their Gatsby and their Daisy on the big screen; novel adaptations are notoriously difficult in this respect. Continue reading The Great {Gatsby} Daisy