Category Archives: Italy

Bava’s Odyssey

#HappyBirthday MARIO BAVA (1914–1980) master of #Giallo , #Horror & #Light !!! — Dr. Giallo (@Dr_Giallo) July 31, 2018 I learned on Twitter that today is Mario Bava’s birthday. This blog has been inspired by this Italian film director … Continue reading

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Carless in Trento

One of the things that we were reflecting on this morning was that we’ve been carless for the entirety of our almost two years in Trento. We used Antonella’s mom’s car on and off the first year, as we tried … Continue reading

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Reclaiming Italy

I’ve been on the move the last few weeks presenting. From Puerto Rico (Sagrado) to Sacramento (University of the Pacific) to Washington DC (Georgetown) to Utah (BYU) to Trento, Italy (new home!) to Porto, Portugal (TEEM 15 conference), and presently … Continue reading

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Pigeons, Vaporettos, and Masks

My family and I spent close to four weeks in Italy over the Winter break. We go every two or three years to visit Antonella’s family and friends, and often remain in Trento for most of the trip. That was … Continue reading

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Mashups, Italian Style!

Well, Antonella Dalla Torre’s Italian 202 class had its first annual La Mattina degli Oscar (The Morning of the Oscars), and it was quite a special event. Good food, everyone well-dressed, and the culture was first rate, now that’s Italian! … Continue reading

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Antonioni’s L’eclisse

I had a pretty unbelievable experience the other night watching the late, great Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’eclisse (1962). I’m not sure how to explain this film, for the actual narrative itself is rather empty. Yet, it becomes immediately clear not five … Continue reading

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Carosello: An Italian TV Tradition

One of things I have noticed is that when hanging with a group of friends sooner or later the conversation turns to our mediated lives through television. Without fail, if the company is worth its salt, memories of Larry from … Continue reading

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Collaborative Google Maps

I have been creating a Google Map for my recent trip to Tuscany (still in its infancy), and while doing so I realized that Google’s My Maps now has a collaborate feature that allows you to add other users to … Continue reading

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Graffiti: Reading Cultures on the Wall

One of the things I enjoy about Italy is the graffiti. It is often very entertaining, if not as elaborate as the fine art found on the subway cars in NYC during the 1980s. In fact, graffiti in Italy has … Continue reading

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Portare fuori il cane…

…or “Walking the dog” Italian-style. The extent of social services runs deep in Italy. And I had the opportunity early this morning to experience to what degree a civilized social system can make the quotidian chores of life easier and … Continue reading

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