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Buy "Italians In America: Our Contribution" today!
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  • Italains In America: Our Contribution

    How Italian Americans have contributed to America throughout the country's history from the time of settlement to today is captured in "Italians in America: Our Contribution."

    The documentary is well-researched and tastefully presented.

    Those figures with vowel ending surnames who impacted America for the better are many. The documentary covers all aspects of American history including the country's founding. Here we learn the work of Filippo Manzei, from Tuscany, who gave Thomas Jefferson many ideas and words to help him write the Declaration of Independence.

    We learn how Italians fought in the Revolutionary War and settled the frontier, a fact overlooked by historians and mainstream media. The story of Italians in America prior to the first waves of late 19th century immigration is most engaging, which the documentary rightly examines.

    As the documentary progresses, one cannot help but feel a real sense of pride in so many Italian Americans achieving their heights in a number of endeavors including politics and statecraft, science and engineering, music and cinema, sports and pop culure.

    Along the way we hear commentary from some famous Italian Americans, alive at the time the documentary was made, such as Tommy Lasorda, Robert Loggia, Joe Paterno, and Geraldine Ferraro.

    The importance of Italian traditions, family, and faith are interspersed in recounting the achievements of famous Italian Americans.

    “Italians in America: Our Contribution” is an excellent documentary that provides a thorough review of the presence of Italian Americans. Buy the DVD today!

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    Buy "Genius: Leonardo Da Vinci" today!
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  • Genius: Leonardo Da Vinci

    "Geinus: Leonardo Da Vinci" might be an understatement considering the visionary life and achievements of the great Florentine.

    From painting the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper to his innumerable inventions and innovations Leonardo epitomized the term Renaissance Man.

    As the documentary recounts, Leonardo was able not only to master a number of tasks but also enhance their methods and processes.

    Leonardo was able to bring together science and art like none other. The documentary shows many of his artistic and scientific creations. It recounts his life from his boyhood in Florence to his work in Milan and elsewhere in Italy and then his final years working for the King of France.

    "Genius: Leonardo Da Vinci" is an informative documentary that provides a straightforward look at the greatness of Leonardo. Buy "Genius: Leonardo Da Vinci" today from PRIMO!


     

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    Buy "Genius: Galileo" today!
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  • Genius: Galileo:

    An objective and unbiased approach is what the documentary takes in "Genius Galileo."

    Galileo's life is recounted, from his childhood, the son of an accomplished musician, through his mathematical and scientific education as a young man to his invention of the telescope when got older as followed by his astronomical observations and conflict with the Roman Catholic Church.

    "Genius: Galileo" solidifies the record of Galileo's accomplishments and profound discoveries. He ranks as one of the most influential of astronomers and physicists the world has known. Not overdone with computer graphics and excessive dramatizations, the documentary keeps the focus on Galileo's ingenuity.

    “Genius: Galileo” brings the greatness of Italian science through the profound works of Galileo Galilei. Add this DVD in your collection. Buy “Genius: Galileo” today!


     

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    Buy "Christopher Columbus" today!
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    • Christopher Columbus:

    • Few films about Christopher Columbus have been made.

      Of those, only one stands out as worthy of viewing. That would be "Christopher Columbus," the 1949 epic produced by Gainsborough Pictures, under the umbrella of the Rank Organization, one of England's biggest film companies.

      Now on sale through PRIMO, "Christopher Columbus" is an informative and entertaining film about Columbus and his discovery of America. The film can be watched by the entire family as a means to inspire Italian pride and reconfirm the greatness of the Genovese explorer.

      Columbus is played by none other than Frederic March, one of Hollywood's greatest actors, a two-time Oscar winner. March does not overplay the role and, as such, Columbus becomes more approachable and human. Viewers connect with the explorer and share his feelings of determination, frustration and success.

      "Christopher Columbus" is based on the novel "Columbus" by Rafael Sabitini, an Italian born British writer, most famous for his works "Scaramouche," "Captain Blood" and "The Sea Hawk." Sabitini concentrates part of the tale of Columbus on his effort to gain the trust of the Spanish monarchy, a most difficult task considering the intrigues and politics associated with the Spanish court. The voyage is depicted in a realistic light, a complex effort where navigation depends on the shifts of winds for a journey's success or failure. The discovery of America comes from the explorer's faith in himself and his belief in the well-reasoned science of his day.

      Columbus was truly an extraordinary figure, no doubt one of the greatest in world history. "Christopher Columbus" is a film that brings his well-earned reputation to light. Buy it today from PRIMO!




    The Bicycle Thief

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  • The Bicycle Thief:
  • Directed by Vittorio De Sica in 1948, “The Bicycle Thief” is considered by many one of the greatest films in history.

    On a limited budget, from money he collected from friends, De Sica created a film that delved into the poverty and destitution of postwar Italy. The director used non-professional actors and filmed all scenes entirely on location in Rome. As such, De Sica captured the realities of the poor, a struggle for survival, where each step out of poverty is followed by a step back into its dark grip.

    What makes the film so special is the heartwarming chemistry between the actors who played the lead roles, the father Antonio Ricci, played by Lamberto Maggiorani, and his eight-year-old son Bruno, played by Enzo Staiola. It is hard to keep a dry eye when seeing the two roam the streets and back alleys of Rome trying desperately to recover their stolen bicycle. “The Bicycle Thief” provides a visual time capsule of Rome, before Italy’s economic miracle. Dramatic and heartwarming scenes are many in the film with an ending that is one of the most memorable in all of cinema.

    “The Bicycle Thief” is a required DVD in your collection of great Italian films. It stands as one of the best in all of cinema; a recognition of the visual mastery and heartfelt storytelling of De Sica. Buy “The Bicycle Thief” today!


    Two Women

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  • Two Women:
  • The Allied invasion of Italy in World War II was for the Italians a blessing and a curse.

    Freeing Italy from the cloak of Fascism and Nazism was a destructive exercise. Air bombings were frequent and many in Italy lost their homes, farms and shops as a result. Italians found themselves refugees in their own country. It was a time in Italy of destitution and the fall of good lives amidst the rubble of war.

    Director Vittorio De Sica does history a vital service by recounting this period in his film “Two Women.” Made in 1960, De Sica won raves for his depiction of two main characters, a mother and daughter, trying to flee the ravages of war torn Rome.

    The soul of the film is Sophia Loren. She won an Oscar, and rightly so, for her portrayal of Cesira, a merchant in Rome who takes her daughter Rosetta, played by Eleonora Brown, to safety in the mountains of Italy’s farmland. Cesira returns to her home village in the Lazio region where she meets up with other refugees hiding from the war. But as the film progresses, we see that no one is safe when battles are near. The group is harassed by Fascists and Nazi soldiers. The winter proves most difficult in staying warm and finding food. Thinking things are better in the city, Cesira and Rosetta return to Rome on foot just to face many obstacles, one that proves devastatingly tragic.

    “Two Women” is an important film for it shows how Italians who were not in uniform, such as women, children, and the elderly, either found themselves killed or barely escaping death with humiliation. In “Two Women,” De Sica pays tribute to the unsung courage and valor of Italy’s wartime victims. The film is a record of the shameful results of Italy’s decision to enter the war.

    “Two Women” is an unforgettable classic of Italy’s Golden Age of Cinema. De Sica’s masterful direction is only matched by Loren’s extraordinary performance. The film is a great addition to your Italian DVD collection. Buy “Two Women” today!


    Excellent Cadavers Buy "Excellent Cadavers" today!
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  • Excellent Cadavers:
  • Two heroic martyrs of Italy’s postwar era are Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino.

    The two headed the most successful criminal investigation and prosecution of the Sicilian mafia in Italian history. They lost their lives as a result.

    “Excellent Cadavers” is a riveting documentary that recounts the harrowing and courageous work of Falcone, Borsellino and other Italian prosecutors and investigators from the mid-70s to the mid-90s. Noted author and journalist Alexander Stille narrates the documentary that is based on his book. He holds nothing back in recounting the savage rise of Cosa Nostra in Sicily and its dark effects from corrupting politicians and bureaucrats to senseless acts of murder and violence.

    The film shows footage that few, if any Americans, have ever seen. Much of it is based on the stark black and white photographs of photojournalist Letizia Battaglia, who becomes central to the film because of her understanding of Sicilian culture and the true history of the mafia. We see that the mafia was mostly a rural phenomenon until the Allied invasion of Sicily recruited members to root out Nazis and Fascist partisans hiding in the cities. In the postwar era, the mafia entered into an informal agreement with Italy’s main political parties to help fight the growing threat of communism. After the mafia became well-established in Palermo, the drug trade led to expanded violence among warring factions.

    How Falcone and Borsellino succeeded where other law enforcement officials failed is nothing short of extraordinary. The documentary details their exhaustive investigation and savvy at not only outsmarting mafia members but also bureaucrats, judges and politicians that gave criminals safe cover. Their work led to a huge trial that ended in mass convictions of mafia members, many of whom received life sentences and are in prison today.

    “Excellent Cadavers” is an excellent documentary that provides a fascinating glimpse into modern Italy. We see the courageous acts of Falcone and Borsellino in the foreground of Italy’s complex legal and political systems. “Excellent Cadavers” is a film not to be forgotten. Buy the DVD today!


     
    sicilian tragedy Buy "Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy" today!
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    • Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy:

      John Turturro pays tribute to his maternal grandparents' homeland of Sicily in this fun and informative documentary, "Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy."

    The film is one part pilgrimage back to the Old Country and one part homage to an age old art of puppeteers in Sicily. Both aspects of the film show Italy in the vibrant and creative light so deserving of the country.

      Sicilian tragedy is the substance of the film, the idea that melancholy can be expressive, poetic, and dynamic. Thus, the title captures the essence of Sicily, a land of contrasts that inspires and invigorates the soul.

      Turturro teams up with director Roman Paska, who rightly shows the island region in all its brightness. The perpetual Mediterranean sun, azure blue skies and waters, the rugged landscape and ancient sites are in the background as we meet the humble yet substantive people. We see Turturro visit the convent where his grandmother grew up. We meet the nuns who live and pray there.

      Most interesting is when Turturro joins famed puppeteer Mimmo Cuticchio to learn how marionettes are made and the art of performing a puppet show. It is a time capsule of an old form of entertainment, still as alive and enjoyable today as it was hundreds of years ago.

      "Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy" is an exquisite documentary that transports the viewer to Sicily and its rich culture and history. It is a great documentary, sure to be enjoyed by your entire family. Buy "Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy" today from PRIMO!


    Django

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    • Django:

      "Django" is a must for all film buffs.

      It showcases the exemplary work of the other Sergio of Italian cinema, not Sergio Leone, but Sergio Corbucci. In many ways ahead of his time, Corbucci was actually the first in Italy to make what has been termed “Spaghetti Westerns.” He was a friendly rival of Leone's. Each sought to be the first in Italy to tackle the western genre with Corbucci making his a few months prior to Leone's "A Fistful of Dollars." 

      "Django" is Corbucci's second western, made in 1966 and named after the main character played by Franco Nero. "Django" has a stunning opening, its title song sung with Django dragging a coffin through the mud. The story is set some time after the Civil War in an unnamed area near the Mexican- American border. The plot centers on a race war between the Americans and Mexicans of the region. The loner Django arrives in a sleepy town ruled over by Major Jackson, a feudal lord of the Wild West. Although he is one man versus many, Django has a secret weapon that evens the odds while takes Jackson and his men and a rival group of Mexican outlaws.

      In seeing "Django," one cannot get over how much ahead of his time was Corbucci. An intensely dark and cynical premise for his western was exploited further by other directors in later years. As for style, his scenes were models for later action films by other directors, including Leone, but also Sam Peckinpah and Arthur Penn. Corbucci's exploration of racism seems the overriding influence in Quentin Tarantino’s remake of “Django” where the titled character is changed from a Wild West gunslinger to a freed black slave of the Deep South bent on rescuing his wife from servitude. 

      "Django" is the perfect DVD for your collection of Italian films. It stands as another example of the profound vision of Italians in postwar cinema. Please purchase "Django," the original screen version, made in 1966 and directed by Sergio Corbucci. Buy “Django” today from PRIMO!

    Caravaggio


    Buy the DVD "Caravaggio," the Italian film about one of Italy's greatest artists.
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      • Caravaggio:

        As part of the 400 year anniversary of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio’s birth, RAI International Television in Italy featured a prime-time two-part film “Caravaggio” on the artist’s life. Now on sale through PRIMO, on DVD, the film “Caravaggio” provides an in-depth view of the life of Caravaggio, his art and his times. No doubt the best artist of the Baroque Period, Caravaggio is also considered by many one of the most influential of all artists, a master of technique, composition, light and shadow that artists today try to emulate. The film “Caravaggio” captured the story of the artist, who lived during a repressive time in Italy, when much of the country was under Spanish rule. Critically acclaimed in Italy and throughout Europe, the film is 211 minutes in length, starring Alessio Boni, directed by Angelo Longoni, and cinematography by Academy Award winner Vittorio Storaro. In Italian with English subtitles, “Caravaggio” is perfect for those interested in Italian art, history and the extraordinary life of Caravaggio.

     
     
    Italian Fascism in Color
    Buy the DVD "Italian Fascism in Color," an excellent documentary provides never before seen footage of Benito Mussolini. Duration is one hour and forty minutes. Yours for only $19.95! Free shipping and handling included.

    Italian Fascism in Color:

    The rise and fall of Benito Mussolini is shown in never-before-seen footage, culled from raw and unedited material taken from the movie cameras of the 1920s and 1930s that used color film at the time, a rarity. Interwoven is a docudrama that tells the story of participants in Mussolini’s ascension.

    Documentaries on Mussolini and Fascism are almost always done from black and white newsreel footage. As such, we may not fully grasp why Fascism became so popular. By showing historical footage in color, the documentary conveys the grand side of Fascism we do not normally see.

    “Italian Fascism in Color” is refreshingly fair in dealing with its subject. Not all things Mussolini did were bad, as the film quickly points out. Indeed, Mussolini won praise all over the world for improving living standards for Italians and making peace between Italy and the Vatican. A strong case is made that the Fascists were not as repressive in Italy as were the Nazis in Germany and Communists in Russia. The film shows Mussolini’s downfall came when he grasped for more power. As dictator, he went unchecked and began making disastrous decisions regarding Italy’s economy and entering the war on the side of Hitler.

    “Italian Fascism in Color” is one of the top documentaries on Mussolini and Fascism. By seeing Mussolini in the context of today’s viewer, we know more about Fascism’s rise and what democracies can do to overcome it in the future.


    Mal'occhio (the Evil Eye)
    Buy the DVD Mal'occhio (the Evil Eye), A documentary on Italy's most famous superstition. Yours for only $19.95! Free shipping and handling included. 
    • Mal'occhio (the Evil Eye):

      Now on sale through PRIMO is this superb documentary investigating a superstition that is well known in Italy and throughout the Mediterranean.

      Released this year, “Mal’occhio” was produced and directed by Agata De Santis, a second generation Italian Canadian whose family settled in Toronto, still today a city with the highest concentration of Italians outside Italy.

      Agata knows well the Evil Eye. Her mother and aunts told her at an early age that someone may look at you with jealousy and envy and thus bad tidings may occur. She made the film in an effort to know better the superstition, her family’s roots in Italy, and to what extent, if any, such a superstition may have on new generations of Italians.

      “Mal’occhio” is a journey through the Italian neighborhoods of Toronto and New York, the De Santis family’s home village of Eboli, and the academic halls of Italy and Canada. The film provides the historical and cultural context for the Evil Eye with the various amulets, charms and Italian spells to ward off evil.

      Although the film deals with old beliefs and folktales, it is still very timely as many believers today come from all generations and all walks of life.

      “Mal’occhio” is an excellent documentary on the one truism that seems to never change: That old beliefs last as long as they help us make sense of the world.

    Buy the DVD “Sacco and Vanzetti,” a documentary film that covers the cast and trial that shook the nation - of two Italian immigrant anarchists convicted of murder. Yours for only $19.95! Free shipping and handling included.

    • Sacco and Vanzetti

    The story of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti is brought to life in this critically acclaimed documenatry.

    Sacco and Vanzetti were two Italian immigrants who settled in the Boston region and took on the cause of Anarchism in the United States.

    In 1920, they were arrested for the murder of a paymaster and security guard of the Slater and Morrill Shoe Company in Braintree, Massachusetts. It was part of robbery scheme to help finance the duo's anarchy revolution, according to police.

    What followed was a trial of the century as the case against the two Italians was weak. Evidence was minimal and the prosecution turned to deep seated prejudices and bigotries among judges and jurors to convict and put to death the accused.

    Today, the names Sacco and Vanzetti garners outrage among social activists as they symbolize the great flaws of American justice.

    "Sacco and Vanzetti" is an exraordinary documentary that highlights a number of issues ranging from the rights of immigrants to the abuses of justice, rooted in bigotry and ethnocentrism. Buy the DVD today!

     

    La Rabbia

    Buy the DVD “La Rabbia (The Anger),” never before shown in the U.S., an Italian documentary on how the Right and Left viewed societal changes of the 1950s and 1960s. Yours for only $19.95! Free shipping and handling included. 

    • La Rabbia

    Two of Italy’s most celebrated and influential writers and filmmakers of the postwar era were Pier Paolo Pasolini and Giovannino Guareschi.

    Pasolini was of the Left, a self-proclaimed Communist, and Guareschi was of the Right, a cartoonist, essayist and filmmaker.

    “La Rabbia” gives rise to the divergent political and societal views of Pasolini and Guareschi in the Cold War era. The film comes in two parts, containing documentary footage and the separate commentaries of Pasolini and Guareschi on topics ranging from racism and civil rights, the revolutions in Cuba and Algeria, the post-colonial era of Africa, the death of Josef Stalin, the atomic bomb, the Middle East and Israel, and the dramatic changes that occurred in culture and lifestyle during the postwar era.

    “La Rabbia” is almost two hours in length, in Italian with English subtitles. An added bonus is a documentary on the making of the film with biographical information on both Pasolini and Guareschi. The film is in Italian with English subtitles.

    For those interested in contemporary Italian history and culture, “La Rabbia” is not to be missed. Buy it today to further your understanding of the Italian language and postwar Italy.

    Buy the DVD "Michelangelo," today!
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    • Michelangelo

    This documentary gives you the facts about Michelangelo’s life and artworks. The DVD provides insight as to what makes Michelangelo so extraordinary to the world of art.

    Michelangelo's life seems uncanny when one considers his many achievements. The sculptor of "David" and the "Pieta," the painter of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and a participating architect in the design and construction of Saint Peter's Basilica, just to name a few of his remarkable feats, makes Michelangelo one of the greatest men in history.

    The DVD does not embellish or dramatize the events in Michelangelo's life, rather it conveys the artworks he completed with the facts of his biography.

    "Michelangelo" the DVD brings home the greatness of Michelangelo to you and your family. Buy the DVD today!

     

     

    Buy the DVD "If Stone Could Speak (Se La Pietra Sapesse Parlare)," today!
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    • If Stone Could Speak (Se La Pietra Sapesse Parlare)

    Italy is synonymous with sculpting and stone cutting.

    And Barre, Vermont is synonymous with America's premier source of granite and marble.

    This exceptional documentary recounts the story of Italian Americans in Barre, Vermont, "Granite Capital of the World." Thousands of stonecutters emigrated from Northern Italy to Barre. This documentary follows the artisans and their families from quarries, workshops, and schools in Italy to granite carving sheds in New England. We see the distinctive community of Italian immigrants in Barre, and their continued ties with their native regions in Italy.

    "If Stone Could Speak" chronicles the magnificent monuments of these master carvers, and their life and death struggle with silicosis. The story takes us to the present, as stonecutter families continue to move between the two countries and seek their own identities, choosing what to keep and what to cut away from their Americans and Italian legacies.

    "If Stone Could Speak" is a documentary to inspire pride in all Italian Americans for the greatness of our stone cutting tradition. Buy this DVD today!

     

    Buy the DVD "House of Strangers," today!
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    • House of Strangers

    A poor Sicilian immigrant rises to wealth and becomes a powerful figure in the burgeoning prewar Italian community of New York, only to face a downfall when his illegal practices are discovered by authorities.

    Does the plot sound familiar? If you are thinking this is "The Godfather," made in 1972, then you are 23 years too late. "House of Strangers" was a film in 1949, starring the great Edward G. Robinson, Richard Conte and Susan Hayward.
    The film contains many of the plot elements later adopted by "The Godfather," except it's not about gangsters. The main character is Gino Monetti, the family patriarch, played by Robinson, who is part Amadeo Giannini, founder of Bank of America and part Charles Ponzi, founder of the Ponzi Scheme.

    Directed by Joseph Mankiewicz, "House of Strangers" is a time capsule. Many outdoor scenes were shot in Manhattan's Little Italy. Set props contain vintages of a bygone era. The story centers on Gino, a well-respected banker who caters to Italian immigrants, while other banker bypass this niche of customers.

    However, his practices are behind-the-times, to say the least, and banking investigators accuse him of wrongdoing. Conte plays Gino's son, Max, a young lawyer who must defend his father. What follows is the Old World of Italy facing the New World of Italian Americans. Not just Max, but his three brothers, find themselves in a moral conundrum as to what to do when their father Gino must pay for his past sins.

    “House of Strangers” is a great film noir drama that speaks to an Italian American audience. Not just an engaging plot, there are aspects of Italian culture depicted that highlight our mid-century presence. Buy "House of Strangers" today at www.primomagazine.com or call toll free 866-677-7466.

     

    Buy the DVD "The Last Victory," today!
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    • The Last Victory

    Siena makes for a beautiful setting no matter the film.

    The medieval village becomes all the more entrancing in a real life story of suspense and redemption such as "The Last Victory," one of the best documentaries of the last 10 years.

    The Tuscan countryside comes alive as filmmaker John Appel depicts the time and scope of the Palio horse race, a traditional sporting event in Siena, for over 500 years. The horse race is considered especially dangerous since the streets are amazingly narrow .

    The film centers on the struggles of Civetta, a village in the Siena province that has not won the race in 23 years. Can the underdogs finally win one? The film leaves us on the edge of our seats until the suspenseful ending.

    What makes "The Last Victory" so attractive are the many shots of Tuscany and the people who live and work in Siena. The village's deep orange homes and green olive groves make for an enchanting locale. How the villagers come together to put on the event is a walk through time. We see Italy as she really is, with people enjoying life while they work. The traditional crafts are put to good use to dress up Siena to welcome horse racers from the entire world.

    If you love Siena and the countryside of Tuscany, then "The Last Victory" is the perfect DVD for you. Buy the DVD today at www.primomagazine.com or call toll free 866-677-7466.

     

    Buy the DVD "Venice: A Musical Journey," today!
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    • Venice: A Musical Journey

    "Venice: A Musical Journey" is a stunning visual tour of the great Italian city of canals.

    We see the amazing sights, the legendary landmarks, Venice in all its glory. The documentary comes without the usual narration, commentary and expert analysis…and that may well be why it so good. The city of Venice speaks for itself with one scene of beauty after another.

    Instead of scholarly voices, we hear the music of one of the most famous Venetians of all - Antonio Vivaldi. His "Il Cimento dell'Armonia e dell'Inventione," first published in Paris in 1725, is the soundtrack to the DVD. This is Vivaldi's greatest masterpiece, a collection of 12 concertos he wrote while a priest and teacher at the Ospedale della Pieta, a school for girls in Venice.

    Vivaldi's sophisticated melodies are fit for the visual tour of Venice. The city, one of the great successes of human civilizations, stands today in contrast to its tradition of technological advancement and innovation. Venice is history captured, a city unsullied by modernity, without the highways, byways, and skyscrapers that dominate today's landscapes.

    "Venice: A Musical Journey - Music by Antonio Vivaldi" is a delightful and informative way to see the Most Serene Republic - Venice. The DVD gives your entire family the best way to see Venice and to hear Vivaldi. Buy the DVD today at www.primomagazine.com or call toll free 866-677-7466.

     

     

    Buy the DVD "The Good Pope John XXIII," today!
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    • The Good Pope: John XXIII

    In recognition of the recent canonization of Pope John XXIII, now Saint John XXIII, PRIMO has available for sale a film about his life and accomplishments in "The Good Pope."

    The late and versatile British actor, Bob Hoskins portrays the pope, born Angelo Roncali, the fourth of 14 children in Sotto il Monte, a rural village in the Bergamo province of the Lombardia region. The film dramatizes his rise through the Roman Catholic Church, from his early days as a knowledgeable priest, to titular bishop of Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria where he saved thousands of Jewish refugees from the holocaust, to his time as pope from 1958 to 1963.

    Little was excepted of John XXIII; as he was 76 years old and considered too old and frail to reform the Vatican. Instead, he was one of the most active of popes and initiated the Second Vatican Council, more commonly known as Vatican II. Still controversial, Vatican II was to change philosophical and ritualistic attributes of the Roman Catholic Church. The mission was to make the Church more adaptable and "modern" in its functions and operations.

    Hoskins is a good actor who looks a lot like Pope John XXIII and captures the approachable and good-natured personality that made the pope loved by so many people in Italy and throughout the world.

    "The Good Pope" is a well-made film that showcases the spiritual and tangible achievements of Pope John XXIII and explains why this pope became a saint. Buy this DVD today!

     

     

    Buy the DVD "Bella Ciao" today!
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    • Bella Ciao

    Fascist Italy is the setting of this dramatic film. A young couple, with two children, in Tuscany face the growing hardships of prewar Italy. They seek to escape to America but wind up instead in Marseilles, France.

    Before they came to America, many Italian immigrants settled along France's coastline. Marseilles, France's second largest city, became an Italian enclave. In "Bella Ciao," we see - what is an overlooked historical account of migration - of how Italian immigrants lived and worked in Southern France, quite often the victims of social and economic injustice.

    The film is reminiscent of Italy's second golden age of cinema in the early 1970s where Fascist Italy was fully examined. Stephane Giusti is an old school director where he fuses a dreamlike setting to soften the hardships of persecution and poverty.

    "Bella Ciao" is the story of an Italian family that faces the challenges of a failed political system, bigotry and economic dispossession. The film is a bittersweet saga, not unlike those faced by our own immigrant grandfathers and grandmothers, albeit in a different location and time. Buy "Bella Ciao" today!

     

     

    Buy the DVD "The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance" today!
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    • The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance

    The glories of the Italian Renaissance are recaptured in this extraordinary documentary, hailed by the critics, when it first aired on PBS in 2003.

    The Medici family is the topic, and rightly so. They were catalyst patrons of 15th and 16th century Florence, the lead city-state of the Renaissance. Great innovations in art, architecture, science and engineering were funded by the Medici. The likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli and Galileo, just to name a few, were recipients of this family's extensive patronage.

    The documentary recounts the rise, sustenance and patronage of the Medici. Their beginnings were strictly mercantile. They were the last standing merchant bankers of Italy's economic collapse of the 14th century. They seized the opportunity to leverage their wealth to win control of Florence and later the Vatican. As such, they faced formidable rivals among other Italian families where clandestine attacks and counter attacks became common.

    Assassinations, murder and kidnappings were a means of gaining and maintaining control in Italy. Generation after generation of Medici patriarchs sought the heights of wealth, power and influence. What made the Medici different than other families, however, was their vision to go beyond the crude struggles of survival. Along the way, they supported great feats in art, architecture and science.

    The documentary introduces viewers to Medici family members. We see their interaction among the titans of Italian history such as the great Leonardo, Michelangelo and other famous artists. Recounted are extraordinary achievements of this period in history and the figures that made them.

    "The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance" is the rare jewel among excellent documentaries in being both informative and entertaining. To understand the great works of art and science of the Italian Renaissance is to understand the patrons that made it all possible. The Medici are key figures in understanding the greatness of Italy. Buy this DVD today!

     

     

    Buy the DVD "The Agony and the Ecstasy" today!
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    • The Agony and the Ecstasy

    The 1965 film was based on the novel, of the same title, by Irving Stone. It was directed by one of the most profound yet overlooked directors in Hollywood, Carol Reed. The lead role of Michelangelo is portrayed with expertise by Charlton Heston while Rex Harrison gives another great performance as Pope Julius.

    The story surrounds the conception and painting of the inside ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo chose to depict the Book of Genesis with his most famous image The Creation of Adam in the ceiling’s center. Perhaps, the greatest work of art in the world, the masterpiece came together from a mixture of creativity by Michelangelo and determination by Pope Julius.

    “The Agony and the Ecstasy” ranks among the great religious epics of Hollywood’s yesteryear. Count it equal if not better than “The Ten Commandments,” “Ben-Hur” or “Quo Vadis.” For Italian Americans, the film is especially important for it brings to life the greatness of Michelangelo. The artist and sculptor possessed one of the most creative minds in history and the world is a better place for it. Buy this DVD today.

     

     

    Buy the DVD "The Bankers of God" today!
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    • The Bankers of God

    Giuseppe Ferrara is a director well-known in Italy for bringing to the screen political and financial intrigues that rocked the country.

    More than a decade ago, Ferrara brought to Italian television, "The Bankers of God," the story of Roberto Calvi and the collapse of Banco Ambrosiano, the second largest bank in Italy. The title relates to Calvi and the bank's close ties to the Vatican. The Holy See was a major shareholder and was consumed by the scandal.

    "The Bankers of God" provides an insider's view to the complex intrigues of Italy's largest financial and business organizations. The film is in Italian with English subtitles. Buy this DVD today.

     

     

    Buy the DVD "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" today!
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    • Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

    Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni star in the great comedy from Italy, “Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow.” The film won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1964. Three stories take place in Italy, as directed by Vittoria de Sica and produced by Carlo Ponti. Some of the most memorable scenes in Italian cinema occur in this one film.

    "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" shows Italy in a funny and heartwarming light. Buy this DVD today.

     

     

    Buy the DVD "The Conformist" today!
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    • The Conformist

    The 1970 film "The Conformist" written and directed by renowned director Bernardo Bertolucci is an elegant portrait of the death throes of Italian Facisim and a triumph of pure style. It was adapted upon by Bernardo Bertolucci from the 1951 novel written by Alberto Moravia.

    The story revolves around the life of a secret police functionary Marcello Clerci, who is sent on a mission to assassinate his former teacher, Professor Quadri, a leftist activist in exile in Paris. Clerci uses his honeymoon with his new wife as a cover for the job, but he soon becomes entranced by Quadri's sensuous, haunted wife Anna, and the facist tennents he once accepted without question begin to waver his mind.

    “The Conformist” is without question one of Bertolucci's best films to date. With a fantastic score by Georges Delerue, and incandescent performances by a star-studded cast, "The Conformist" will truly be a treat to watch. Buy this DVD today from PRIMO!

     

     

    Buy the DVD "The Organizer" today!
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    • The Organizer

    Nominated for an Oscar for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay, the 1963 film "The Organizer" is worth watching. Presented by The Criterion Collection, the film is presented to the viewer like never before, restoring the film and bringing it to its peak of performance.

    In turn-of-the-twentieth-century Turin, an accident in textile factory incites workers to stage a walkout. But it's not until they receive unexpected aid from a traveling professor, played by the illustrious Marcello Mastroianni, that they find their voice, unite, and stand up for themselves.

    "The Organizer" is a timeless film that will shake your senses in many wonderful ways. This historical drama by Mario Monicelli, brimming with humor ad honesty, is a beautiful and moving ode to the power of people. Buy it today from PRIMO!

     

     

    Buy the DVD "Eurocrime!" today!
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    • Eurocrime!

    "Eurocrime!" is a documentary concerning the violient Italian, "poliziotteschi" cinematic movement of the 1970s. It is an imformative, as well as engaging film to watch, and will take you into the cinematic movement with style.

    At first glance, they seem like a bunch of sleezy rip-offs of American crime films like "Dirty Harry" or "The Godfather" upon closer inspection, these films were really adressing distinct Italian issues, like the Sicilian Mafia, as well as red terrorism. The Eurocrime movies offer a tough, gritty world full of mustached, macho menkilling each other brutally, and this documentary goes in depth to what those movies were meant to be.

    "Eurocrime!" is a fascinating documentary film about the Italian genre of cinema that lasted through the 1970s. Buy it today from PRIMO!

     

    Buy the DVD "Francis of Assisi" today!
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    • Francis of Assisi

    New from PRIMO is the DVD “Francis of Assisi” starring Bradford Dillman, Dolores Hart and Stuart Whitman. The film was made in 1961 and directed by the great Michael Curtiz, who also directed “Casablanca” and a host of other great films from Hollywood’s classic era.

    Dillman delivers a gripping performance in the lead role of Francis, born into a life of privilege, the son of a rich silk merchant in Italy. The film recounts a change of direction in his life from Italian playboy and adventurer to a humble priest who rebuilds churches, blesses farm animals and begins one of the great orders of Catholic priests. Filmed on location in Italy, “Francis of Assisi” captures the drama and glory of one of the great religious figures of history - Saint Francis.

    Buy “Francis of Assisi” today…A film to inspire and entertain the whole family.

     

     





    Buy the DVD documentary series "Pompeii: The Doomed City" today!

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    • Pompei: The Doomed City

    It remains one of the great natural catastrophes of history.

    Pompeii

    At one time, a rival to Rome, Pompeii, the city and its people, were destroyed in 79 A.D. A massive volcano eruption from Mount Vesuvius burned and suffocated city inhabitants. Covered by pumice and volcano ash, Pompeii ruins and artifacts remain intact and make up an archaeological showcase that attracts visitors from around the world, year after year, in Italy.

    New from PRIMO is the DVD documentary series, originally aired on the History channel, titled “Pompeii: The Doomed City.”

    The DVD is more than two hours long and consists of three documentaries: “Digging for the Truth: Pompeii Secrets Revealed,” “History’s Mysteries: Pompeii,” and “Mega Disasters: The Next Pompeii?”

    The ruins of Pompeii, as well as other ancient villages near Naples, are explored. We see the destruction by Vesuvius. We learn the cultural history of Pompeii and its importance to the Roman empire. Interviews with today's scientists tell us of the geophysical wonders and dangers of Naples and Italy’s South. Other volcanoes, such as Mount Stromboli in Sicily, for instance, are examined up close by the series narrator Josh Bernstein. He takes an in-depth look at the chances of another Vesuvius explosion and a Pompeii-like disaster in Italy's future.

    “Pompeii: The Doomed City” is a thoroughly informative and entertaining DVD documentary series. It reminds us all of the greatness of the Roman Empire, the details of archaeology and the dangers and wonders of Italy’s geology.

    Buy “Pompeii: The Doomed City” today.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Buy the DVD "The Whole Shebang" today!

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    • The Whole Shebang

    A  charming romantic comedy that confirms Italy's leadership in fireworks and pyrotechnics industries. The film stars Stanley Tucci, Bridget Fonda, Giancarlo Giannini and Talia Shire.

    In the opening credits, the film claims inspiration from Fireworks by Grucci. An Italian American success story, the company services today many of America's municipalities in skyrocket celebrations for July 4th and other holidays.

    In "The Whole Shebang," the Bazinni family is at a crisis when an accident destroys their fireworks factory in southern New Jersey. From Naples comes the bumbling yet goodhearted Giovanni (Tucci) to assist family patriarch (Giannini) to rebuild the business.

    While working to develop new firework colors and displays, Giovanni falls for Val (Fonda), his cousin's widow. Yet, he must first win the trust of his aunt, Contessa Bazinni (Shire) who keeps a close eye on Val and her grandson Bobby. The film builds towards an exciting conclusion when Giovanni is put to the test in a fireworks contest in Naples that could make a break the family.

    "The Whole Shebang" is a humourous tale of love, family loyalty and the pursuit of dreams.

    It is a wonderful film to watch with the whole family.

    Buy “The Whole Shebang” today.

     

     

    Buy the DVD "The Trip to Italy" today!

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    • The Trip to Italy

    British comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon take a culinary tour of Italy from the mountains of Piemonte to the islands off the coast of Campania.

    Originally made for BBC television in 2014, the humorous documentary won rave reviews from the likes of Rotten Tomatoes, which gaves it 4 out of 5 stars. The New Yorker magazine called it a "triumph." Entertainment Weekly claimed it "brilliantly funny."

    "The Trip to Italy" is directed by Michael Winterbottom and follows the duo along the travels of British poets Percy Shelley and Lord Byron. The Golfo dei poeti, near Genoa, is featured prominently as is the Isle of Capri, and most every Italian landmark and village in between. The two drive on Italy's highways and stop along the way to dine in some of Italy's finest restaurants. There, they enjoy fine food and exchange witty commentary about their travels through Italy.

    "The Trip to Italy" is a lively exploration of contemporary Italy, from the viewpoint of two British comedians.

    Buy "The Trip to Italy" today.

     


    Buy the DVD "The Battle for the Mediterranean" today!

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    • The Battle for the Mediterranean

    The BBC documentary series "Battlefield" takes a fascinating look at the World War II sea, air and ground battles throughout the Mediterranean.

    Italy was at the forefront in a series of engagements between Axis and Allied forces in the beginning of the war. Both Benito Mussolini of Italy and Winston Churchill of England saw the Mediterranean as the key area for the war's success...and failure.

    "The Battle for the Mediterranean" analyzes the strategies and weaponry at play as the Italian navy fought the British navy in the Battle of Cape Spartivento, near Sardinia; the Battle of Taranto in the Adriatic and the Battle of Malta. Also appraised are ground battles between Italy and Britain in Egypt and Ethiopia and Greece. 

    Much of what later occurred in the war was modeled by what happened between Italian and British forces. For instance, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was modeled on the suprise air attack by Britain against Italy in the Battle of Taranto. This and other insightful details make up this extraordinary documentary.

    "The Battle for the Mediterranean" is a little more than 90 minutes in length comprised of extensive archival footage, profiles of key military figures and interactive graphics that highlight strategy in the war.

    Buy "The Battle for the Mediterranean" today.

     

     

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