Though gory in spots, this film relies more on humor and family relationships including Alex's abusive father, who also happens to live on this island to get it's point across. Our Word of the Year was exposure , which highlighted the year's Ebola virus outbreak, shocking acts of violence both abroad and in the US, and widespread theft of personal information. In some scenes you can actually see drool on his chin or spraying spittle as he barks out his lines. Unrated , and for good reason. Old and frail, the cleric is set to face his arch enemy Lucifer. These kids live in some alternate universe, where it is normal to sit in a wrecked limousine and smoke a cigarette or open a sealed casket to see if there's a body inside C'mon, everyone's doing it!
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The Boardwalk starts at Absecon Inlet in the north and runs along the beach south-west to the city limit 4 miles 6. In October , Hurricane Sandy destroyed the northern part of the boardwalk fronting Absecon Inlet, in the residential section called South Inlet.
The oceanfront boardwalk in front of the Atlantic City casinos survived the storm with minimal damage. The Boardwalk has been home to several piers over the years.
The first pier, Ocean Pier, was built in Another famous pier built during that time was Steel Pier , opened in , which once billed itself as "The Showplace of the Nation". It now operates as an amusement pier across from the Hard Rock. Captain John Lake Young opened "Young's Million Dollar Pier " as an arcade hall in , and on the seaward side "erected a marble mansion", fronted by a formal garden, with lighting and landscaping designed by Young's longtime friend Thomas Alva Edison.
Young's Million Dollar Pier, Atlantic City's largest amusement pier during its time",  was transformed into a shopping mall in the s, known as "Shops on Ocean One". Two other piers, an amusement pier named Steeplechase Pier and a Heinz 57 -owned pier named Heinz Pier were destroyed in the Great Atlantic Hurricane.
Atlantic City has many different shopping districts and malls, many of which are located inside or adjacent to the casino resorts. Major shopping malls are also located in and around Atlantic City. Atlantic City sometimes referred to as "Monopoly City"  has become well-known over the years for its portrayal in the U. While the original incarnation of the game did not feature Atlantic City, it was in Indianapolis that Ruth Hoskins learned the game, and took it back to Atlantic City.
Marvin Gardens, the leading yellow property on the board, is actually a misspelling of the original location name, " Marven Gardens ". The misspelling was said to have been introduced by Charles Todd and passed on when his home-made Monopoly board was copied by Charles Darrow and thence Parker Brothers. It was not until that Parker Brothers acknowledged this mistake and formally apologized to the residents of Marven Gardens for the misspelling, although the spelling error was not corrected.
Some of the actual locations that correspond to board elements have changed since the game's release. Charles Place no longer exists, as the Showboat Casino Hotel was developed where it once ran. A booklet included with the reprinted edition states that the four railroads that served Atlantic City in the mids were the Jersey Central , the Seashore Lines , the Reading Railroad , and the Pennsylvania Railroad. Ever since Atlantic City's growth as a resort town, numerous attractions and tourist traps have originated in the city.
A popular fixture in the early 20th century at the Steel Pier was horse diving , which was introduced by William "Doc" Carver. Rolling chairs, which were introduced in and in continuous use since , have been a boardwalk fixture to this day. While powered carts appeared in the s, the original and most common were made of wicker. The wicker canopied chairs-on-wheels are manually pushed the length of the boardwalk by attendants, much like a Rickshaw.
Construction began in , with the light first lit on January 15, Since , Atlantic City has hosted Thunder over the Boardwalk , an annual airshow over the boardwalk. The yearly event, a joint venture between the New Jersey Air National Guard 's th Fighter Wing along with several casinos, attracts over , visitors each year. While located 2 miles 3. Lucy is a six-story elephant-shaped example of novelty architecture , constructed of wood and tin sheeting in by James V.
Lafferty in an effort to sell real estate and attract tourism. Over the years, Lucy had served as a restaurant, business office, cottage, and tavern the last closed by Prohibition. Lucy had fallen into disrepair by the s and was scheduled for demolition. The structure was moved and refurbished as a result of a "Save Lucy" campaign in and received designation as a National Historic Landmark in , and is open as a museum.
Atlantic City is the home of the Miss America competition, however it was moved to Las Vegas for seven years before returning. The Miss America competition originated on September 7, , as a two-day beauty contest, and it included state contestants as well as women from various cities around the country.
The event that year was called the "Atlantic City Pageant", and the winner of the grand prize, Margaret Gorman, took home the 3-foot Golden Mermaid trophy. Gorman was not called "Miss America" until , when she re-entered the pageant and lost to Mary Campbell. It peaked in the early s, when it was repeatedly the highest-rated program on American television. It was seen as a symbol of the United States, with Miss America often being referred to as the female equivalent of the President.
The pageant's longtime emcee , Bert Parks , hosted the event from to When a visitor puts their head inside the crown, sensors activate a recorded playback of his "There She Is Originally started in as a fundraiser for local LGBT charities, the event features drag queens on the runway in a similar manner to the Miss America pageant.
Starring Steve Buscemi , the show was adapted from a chapter about historical criminal kingpin Enoch "Nucky" Johnson who is renamed "Enoch Thompson" in the show in Nelson Johnson's book, Boardwalk Empire: The series was filmed in New York City at various locations that captured Atlantic City's period architecture and on a set built to resemble the Atlantic City boardwalk in the s.
Around the same time of the September premiere of the show, the Press of Atlantic City created Boss of the Boardwalk , a minute documentary which premiered on August 21, on NBC TV and aired six additional times in the following weeks.
The re-branding was proposed by current owner Dennis Gomes, and was initiated in December when he took over the casino. The changes accentuate the resort's existing art deco design, as well as presenting new 20s-era uniforms for employees and music from the time period. The casino also introduced drinks and shows reminiscent of the period.
In , Academy Bus began a trolley tour called "Nucky's Way", a tour bus service that features actors portraying Nucky, as well as other characters, as it loops around the city. In , it was announced that Atlantic City would host two major beach concerts. The two headliners were Blake Shelton , which took place on July 31, and Lady Antebellum , which took place on August 3, A few weeks later, it was announced that Rascal Flatts would play the second major beach concert of the summer season on August 20, , with special guest Ashley Monroe.
This concert would be part of their Riot Tour. Both concerts charged admission. Since February 2, , the city of Atlantic City has seen 2, as of September professional boxing fights,  the first one being one with a main event fight between Willie Clark, , and debuting Horace Leeds, won by Clark on points over four rounds. Atlantic City is one of five municipalities in the state—and the only one outside of Cape May County —that offer free public access to oceanfront beaches monitored by lifeguards, joining Wildwood , North Wildwood , Wildwood Crest and Upper Township 's Strathmere section.
Atlantic City is governed within the Faulkner Act formally known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law under the Mayor-Council system of municipal government Plan D , implemented by direct petition effective as of July 1, There are nine Council members, who are elected to serve for a term of four years, one from each of six wards and three serving at-large.
The City Council exercises the legislative power of the municipality for the purpose of holding Council meetings to introduce ordinances and resolutions to regulate City government. In addition, Council members review budgets submitted by the Mayor; provide for an annual audit of the City's accounts and financial transactions; organize standing committees and hold public hearings to address important issues which impact Atlantic City.
As of [update] , the Mayor is Frank Gilliam. At-Large, , Jesse O. Following questions about false claims he had made about his military record, Mayor Bob Levy left City Hall in September in a city-owned vehicle for an unknown destination. After a day absence, his lawyer revealed that Levy was in Carrier Clinic , a rehabilitation hospital. Atlantic City is located in the 2nd Congressional district  and is part of New Jersey's 2nd state legislative district.
Atlantic County is governed by a directly elected county executive and a nine-member Board of Chosen Freeholders , responsible for legislation. The executive serves a four-year term and the freeholders are elected to staggered three-year terms, of which four are elected from the county on an at-large basis and five of the freeholders represent equally populated districts.
As of March 23, , there were a total of 20, registered voters in Atlantic City, of which 12, There were 4 voters registered to other parties. In the presidential election , Democrat Barack Obama received 9, votes Bush with 2, votes In the gubernatorial election , Democrat Barbara Buono received 4, ballots cast The New Jersey Casino Control Commission is a New Jersey state governmental agency that was founded in as the state's Gaming Control Board , responsible for administering the Casino Control Act and its regulations to assure public trust and confidence in the credibility and integrity of the casino industry and casino operations in Atlantic City.
Casinos operate under licenses granted by the Commission. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement is a division of the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety and is responsible for certifying casino gaming revenue, registering casino employees and non-gaming vendors, licensing gaming vendors, and handling all casino patron complaints. The CRDA was founded in and is responsible for directing the spending of casino reinvestment funds in public and private projects to benefit Atlantic City and other areas of the state.
The Atlantic City Special Improvement District SID was a nonprofit organization created in , funded by a special assessment tax on businesses within the improvement district. It carried out various activities to improve the city's business community, including street cleaning and promotional efforts. Under the new structure, established by state legislation, the CRDA assumed responsibility for the staff, equipment and programs of the SID.
The ACFD operates out of six fire stations, located throughout the city in one battalion, under the command of a Battalion Chief , who in-turn reports to an on-duty Deputy Chief, or Tour Commander per shift.
Below is a complete listing of all fire station and fire apparatus locations in the city. The city is protected by the Atlantic City Police Department , which handles , calls per year. The Chief of Police is Henry White. The Atlantic City School District serves students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grades. As of the —15 school year, the district and its 11 schools had an enrollment of 7, students and Martin Luther King Jr.
Oceanside Charter School, which offered pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade , was founded in and closed in June when its charter wasn't renewed by the New Jersey Department of Education. Nearby college campuses include those of Atlantic Cape Community College and Stockton University , the latter of which offers classes and resources in the city such as the Carnegie Library Center.
Atlantic City is part of the Philadelphia television market. There, six stations licensed in the area. Atlantic City is connected to other cities in several ways. Many travelers also fly into Philadelphia International Airport , Trenton-Mercer Airport , or Newark Liberty International Airport , where there are wider selections of carriers from which to choose. The historic downtown Bader Field airport is now permanently closed and plans are in the works to redevelop the land.
The airport is also served by various scheduled chartered flight companies. It has Atlantic City's only cancer institute, heart institute, and neonatal intensive care unit. Marina Energy and its subsidiary, Energenic, a joint business venture with a long-time business partner , operate two thermal power stations in the city.
Electrical power in Atlantic City as well as the surrounding area is primarily served by Atlantic City Electric , which was incorporated in and provides power from the Beesley's Point Generating Station in Upper Township , as well as other locations. In addition to the city's exposure in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire , Atlantic City has been featured in several other aspects of pop culture.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Atlantic City include:. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Atlantic City disambiguation. City in New Jersey, United States. Top to bottom left to right: Gambling in New Jersey.
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Rutgers University Press , Foreword by Terence Winter. Accessed June 23, Accessed December 19, Accessed December 21, Bradley, a young candy merchant, had a stand on the Boardwalk. One night the little stand, which was only a couple steps from the sand, was swamped by an evening storm. Atlantic City was a well-known haven for those seeking alcohol. The tourist-based economy of the resort encouraged business owners to provide whatever was needed to make the visitors happy.
Accessed February 4, When the 'Atlantic City Conference' broke up May 16, the groundwork had been laid for the nation's first organized-crime syndicate, a network that crisscrossed the nation and took decades to disentangle. Accessed January 13, Accessed August 8, Atlantic City and the fate of urban America New York: Oxford University Press, In less than a year he has become a force in the world of boxing in Atlantic City, N. A toll free extension of the Atlantic City Expressway, which links Atlantic City and Philadelphia, it connects the south end of the expressway to casinos in Atlantic City's marina district as well as to neighboring Brigantine.
Accessed February 17, Net, September 1, Later in September Trump Plaza will close its doors. On 13 January this year the Atlantic Club which was completed in as the Golden Nugget, which then became the Bally Grand, and a Hilton was the first of the four major casinos to close this year. With as many as five of Atlantic City's 12 casinos closing this year, some lawmakers say allowing gambling in other towns is crucial to reclaim revenue that has gone to New York and Philadelphia.
Accessed July 7, Accessed May 1, Accessed May 22, Accessed December 14, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved March 30, Accessed November 16, Accessed August 12, The History of New Jersey: There were 7, housing units at an average density of 5, In the city the population was spread out with The median age was 31 years.
For every females, there were For every females age 18 and over, there were In addition to other benefits to encourage employment within the zone, shoppers can take advantage of a reduced 3.
At one time, there were many hotels along the beachfront. Hotels like the Berkeley and Oceanic Inn have operated concurrently for decades, while the Empress Hotel and Hotel Tides were recently restored and reopened.
It stands where the old Salvation Army building once stood, which has sat vacant for over a decade. The building itself was not torn down, but the entire inside was gutted and redone. Glass paneling was added to the front and all the original outside brickwork was kept. While located a block and a half from the beach, a great view of the ocean is still offered by the upper floors and rooftop. The Asbury Park music scene gained prominence in the s with bands such as the Jaywalkers and many others, who combined rock and roll , rhythm and blues , soul and doo-wop to create what became known as the Sound of Asbury Park S.
On December 9, , founding members of S. Bonds , along with many more. Several books chronicle the early years of Springsteen's career in Asbury Park. Daniel Wolff's 4 July Asbury Park examines the social, political and cultural history of the city with a special emphasis on the part that music played in the city's development, culminating in Springsteen.
Beyond the Palace by Gary Wien is a comprehensive look at the local music scene that Springsteen emerged from, and includes many photographs of musicians and clubs. There are plans to build a museum somewhere in the city as part of the redevelopment. It is home to venues including:. In a town that was once nearly abandoned, there are now over 60 restaurants, bars, coffee houses, two breweries, a coffee roastery, and live music venues situated in Asbury Park's boardwalk and downtown districts.
Noted muralists and other local artists have installed various murals along the Asbury Park boardwalk and the cityscape in recent years. The Wooden Walls Mural Project began in July of that year and reimagined the Sunset Pavilion building with around a dozen new murals. Every winter, when the surf grows colder and rougher than in the summer, the city is home to the Cold War, an annual cold water surfing battle. Asbury Park is the nominal home to Asbury Park F. Despite never playing games the club has an extensive merchandise line available online, including new and retro replica jerseys.
The city was previously governed under the Municipal Manager Law form of New Jersey municipal government until voters approved the Council-Manager form in The form of government was chosen based on the final report issued in August by a Charter Study Commission that had narrowed its options to the weak Mayor Council-Manager form or the strong Mayor Faulkner Act form, ultimately choosing to recommend the Council-Manager form as it would retain desired aspects of the Municipal Manager Law non-partisan voting for an at-large council with a professional manager while allowing a directly elected mayor, elections in November and grants voters the right to use initiative and referendum.
Thereafter, two council seats will be up for election every two years. In May , the City Council appointed Eileen Chapman to fill the vacant council seat expiring in December that had been held by Joe Woerner until he resigned from office. Myra Campbell, the last mayor under the old form of government, was the first African-American woman to be chosen as mayor when she took office in July The department has 51 employees, which includes 50 who are cross-trained as Emergency Medical Technicians.
Asbury Park is located in the 6th Congressional district  and is part of New Jersey's 11th state legislative district. Monmouth County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders consisting of five members who are elected at-large to serve three year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats up for election each year as part of the November general election. At an annual reorganization meeting held in the beginning of January, the board selects one of its members to serve as Director and another as Deputy Director.
Impreveduto R, Holmdel Township ,  and Dr. Scharfenberger R, Middletown Township , ; appointed to serve an unexpired term. Peters R, ; Middletown Township. As of March 23, , there were a total of 7, registered voters in Asbury Park, of which 2, There were 8 voters registered to other parties.
In the presidential election , Democrat Barack Obama received In the gubernatorial election , Democrat Barbara Buono received The district is one of 31 former Abbott districts statewide,  which are now referred to as "SDA Districts" based on the requirement for the state to cover all costs for school building and renovation projects in these districts under the supervision of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority.
As of the school year, the district's five schools had an enrollment of 1, students and Students currently attending the school would be reallocated to the district's two other elementary schools, with those going into fifth grade assigned to attend middle school.
In , Asbury Park's Board of Education was affected by the city's decision to redevelop waterfront property with eminent domain. In the case Asbury Park Board of Education v. In February , the offices of the Asbury Park Board of Education were raided by investigators from the State Attorney General's office, prompted by allegations of corruption and misuse of funds. Per-student expenditures in Asbury Park have generated statewide controversy for several years.
The Hope Academy Charter School, founded in , is an alternative public school choice that serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Admission is based on a lottery of submitted applications, with priority given to Asbury Park residents and siblings of existing students. While 8 of the 17 murders in Monmouth County in took place in Asbury Park, and 7 of the county's 14 murders in , by there was only one murder in Asbury Park and five in the whole county.
The city's police had added 19 officers since and expanded its street crime unit. In the calendar year through August 26, , Asbury Park has had 6 homicides; there have also been 17 people non-fatally injured in shooting incidents. In February , "Operation Dead End" arrested gang members of the Crips and Bloods ; one Asbury Park patrol officer was arrested for aiding gang members.
On June 16, , Asbury Park police officers arrested a Neptune Township off-duty police officer for the murder of his ex-wife on an Asbury Park street in broad daylight. As of , the Asbury Park Police Department has 88 police employees: In , there were nine new cases and , eight. In , Asbury Park reported 6 cases of syphilis, 59 cases of gonorrhea, and cases of chlamydia. The main access road is Route 71 which runs north-south.
Other roads that are accessible in neighboring communities include Route 18 , Route 33 , Route 35 and Route The Garden State Parkway is at least 15 minutes away via either Routes 33 or NJ Transit offers rail service from the Asbury Park station.
NJ Transit bus routes include the to and from Philadelphia , and local service on the , , and routes. In August , a multi-station bike share program opened in cooperation with Zagster.
With six stations in the city, the program is the first of its kind on the Jersey Shore. Palace Amusements and the Tillie mural have featured in numerous works of popular culture. Additional works reference Asbury Park, specifically. The song "Bear's Vision of St. Agnes" mentions "that tattered rag shop back in Asbury Park", and the song "Fox's Dream of the Log Flume" mentions the pier and sand dunes. Asbury Park was used for the location filming of the crime drama City by the Sea , starring Robert De Niro , James Franco and Frances McDormand , which was nominally set in Long Beach, New York , where no filming actually took place, according to a disclaimer that was included as part of the closing credits.
Residents of both places objected to the way their cities were depicted. The Season 2 finale of The Sopranos , " Funhouse ", originally aired in April , includes several discrete dream sequences dreamed by Tony that take place on the Asbury Park Boardwalk, including Madame Marie's as well as Tony and Pauly playing cards at a table in the empty hall of the Convention Center. The episode's title alludes to the Palace, which is also shown.
In a episode of The Honeymooners "Better Living Though TV" , Alice Kramden ridicules husband Ralph Kramden 's seemingly never-ending parade of failed get-rich-quick schemes, including his investment in "the uranium field in Asbury Park". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Asbury Park disambiguation. City in New Jersey, United States. People from Asbury Park, New Jersey. Accessed May 21, Accessed September 4, Accessed January 23, Accessed April 20, Accessed March 15, Accessed October 13, Dye, who left her job as clerk for North Hanover, began her new job on May 1 and said she is 'glad and excited' to be in the city.
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Italy got tired of it. I applaud the Prime Minister for his bold leadership — truly bold — and I hope more leaders will follow this example, including leaders in Europe. Prime Minister Conte opened his side of the press conference with a few short sentences in English. He then spoke Italian for the remainder of the event with a translator to convey his words in English.
We will start working in Italy. Questions from members of the press ranged from matters concerning NATO, the European Union, illegal immigration and recent reports of the United States economy growing at four percent.
The project is scheduled for completion in The president then ended the press conference after encouraging words about the future of trade between the United States, Italy and Europe.
And that will be more competition. First Edition Corrections In our article, "Chiriaco Summit" we reported on page 57, that Chiriaco Summit consists of a motel, in addition to other business establishments. She contacted us for the following correction: A new motel is projected, exact date to be determined. We discovered quickly this was not the case. Please become a patron today! Contact Truby Chiaviello at potompub aol. Alan Pascuzzi, a world renowned sculptor and art historian from Florence.
The statues will be exhibited in the Palazzo della Cancelleria in Rome. They proposed an opportunity to exhibit the new statues in a one-week exhibition open to the city of Rome, the Vatican community and to the Pope. Every work will propose a new image of Mary and Jesus Christ, faithful to the reality of love between mother and child; but also alluding to universal love and to the divine.
Meet the Sculptor Dr. Alan Pascuzzi Alan Pascuzzi is a sculptor, painter and art historian who has lived in Florence, Italy for the past 20 years. A Fulbright scholar with a PhD in Renaissance art with a concentration on Greek and Roman sculpture and the drawing, painting and sculpting techniques of Michelangelo and other Renaissance masters.
Pascuzzi is a recognized expert on Renaissance techniques. As a professional artist he has permanent works in painting and sculpture in churches, palaces and tabernacles in the city center of Florence. He as executed commissions for churches in various cities in Italy, France, the United States and Australia. The palazzo is located at Piazza della Cancelleria, 1, Roma, less than a mile away from St. He brings an interpretation of the Madonna and Child based on his experience as a noted art historian of Classical and Renaissance art, his knowledge of religious iconography and his personal observations of the unique relationship between mother and child.
Small clay models for all ten works see following images have already been realized by Dr. Pascuzzi which include by title: The following images are clay models of four of the 10 sculptures for the exhibition by Dr. The original works will be executed in clay. From the clay original a negative cast will be made to produce a positive cast in white resin — a resistant and light material. The works will be in two formats: A Call for Patrons Exhibition will be financed through patrons at every stage.
Pascuzzi of the Sistine Chapel, and more! Please become a patron today. Italian nobility, a member of the Italian Communist Party during World War II, openly gay and staunchly Catholic, Luchino Visconti inhabited a complicated, at times paradoxical, role in Italian cinema culture.
A leader in the neorealismo movement who also worked with international stars like Burt Lancaster, Helmut Berger, Alain Delon, and Dirk Bogarde, Visconti produced an oeuvre of modest and humane dramas as well as decadent, sprawling historical spectacles. Deftly aware of the subtle and rich means of cinematic expression, he uniquely imposed the narrative customs of opera and the novel onto film, yet remained sharply attuned to the social and political climates of the 20th century.
Tickets for Open Roads: New Italian Cinema and the Visconti retrospective go on sale May 18, with Film Society members receiving an early access period beginning May Learn more at filmlinc. Presented in association with the Ministry of Culture of Italy.
Helmut Berger plays the title role as a loner tormented by unrequited love for his cousin, Empress Elisabeth of Austria Romy Schneider , an obsession with the music of Richard Wagner, and excessive state-funded expenditures. Saturday, June 16, 1: As in similar Hollywood-plays-itself melodramas such as Sunset Boulevard and The Bad and the Beautiful, Bellissima both romanticizes the power of celluloid dreams and delivers a cuttingly cynical takedown of the industry. Sunday, June 10, 3: Once again the actor is cast as an emblem of Old World honor passing into obsolescence, here a retired professor living out a quiet retirement in his art-stuffed Roman palazzo; his dignified solitude is drastically upended by a turbulent marchesa a serpentine Silvana Mangano and her bisexual boy toy Helmut Berger who insinuate themselves into his life.
Visconti masterfully interweaves a provocative shuffling of ideas—on class, sex, art, fascism—in what is ultimately his own disquieting confrontation with mortality. Friday, June 15, 9: Saturday, June 16, 8: Friday, June 8, 6: When his tormented wife Laura Antonelli pursues a dalliance with a writer, the full monstrousness of his chauvinism is unleashed. Working with a late-career rigorousness, Visconti returns one last time to the luxuriant, red velvet world of the 19th century, stripping away operatic excess in favor of a supremely controlled emotional intensity.
Saturday, June 16, 6: A bewhiskered Burt Lancaster is the leonine patriarch of a ruling class Bourbon family in the last gasps of its dominance as Garibaldi and his redshirts upend social order and a new spirit ascends—embodied by beautiful people Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale. With fastidious attention to period detail, Visconti evokes a gilded world fading into oblivion, his camera gliding over baroque palazzos, magnificent banquets, and ornate ceremonies.
It all culminates in a majestic, dusk-to-dawn ball sequence that is as poignant as it is breathtaking. Restoration funding by Gucci and The Film Foundation. Friday, June 15, 6: In blending the sordid source material with an earthy evocation of underclass life, Visconti incurred the wrath of the Fascist censors, who promptly suppressed the film.
Saturday, June 9, 5: The director turned to Giovanni Testori, Thomas Mann, Dostoevsky, and Arthur Miller for inspiration, achieving a truly epic sweep for this story of a mother and her grown sons who head north from Lucania in search of work and new lives.
In one beautifully realized scene after another, we observe a tightly knit family coming apart, one frayed thread at a time. Friday, June 8, 2: Italy, , m; Italian with English subtitles Shady family secrets, incestuous siblings, descents into madness, decades-old conspiracies. Shooting in a decaying mansion set amidst a landscape of ruins, Visconti came upon the great theme he would return to in his late career: Sunday, June 10, 5: As much an aesthete as a political radical, Visconti luxuriates in the aristocratic period trappings—a Technicolor feast of sumptuous gold, lavender, scarlet, and emerald jewel tones—while casting a jaundiced eye on Italian history, class, and nationalism.
Tuesday, June 12, 6: Marcello Mastroianni is perhaps unexpectedly perfectly cast as the alienated atheist Meursault, who, due to a series of seemingly random events, shoots an Arab man on an Algerian beach and finds himself on trial for murder.
Long unavailable and never released on DVD , The Stranger deserves to be rediscovered for its singular, haunting power. Friday, June 8, 9: Based on a classic novel by Giovanni Verga, La Terra trema was one of the most formally daring of all neorealist works, establishing the template for dozens of later films that would examine the emergence of political consciousness.
Saturday, June 9, 2: Sunday, June 10, 8: New Italian Cinema is the leading screening series to offer North American audiences a diverse and extensive lineup of contemporary Italian films. All screenings take place at the Walter Reade Theater at West 65th Street, unless otherwise noted. The films and screenings are: Thursday, May 31, 1: One day after school, year-old Luna Julia Jedlikowska follows her classmate crush Giuseppe Gaetano Fernandez into a possibly enchanted forest - and, just like that, he vanishes.
Was he kidnapped by the Mafia, for whom his father used to work as an assassin before he turned informant? Tuesday, June 5, 8: Annie Girardot gives a signature performance as Marie the Ape Woman, an ex-nun whose body is completely covered in black hair. She is discovered at a convent by sleazy entrepreneur Focaccia Ugo Tognazzi , who marries her and swiftly gets her on the freak show circuit to cash in on her distinctive appearance. Sunday, June 6, 6: This wildly ambitious documentary follows four men who work in isolation at remote scientific and industrial sites around the world.
Like monks, they carry out their daily tasks in silence and solitude, creating products soon to enter the capitalist cycle of production, consumption, and destruction. Sunday, June 3, 3: Best friends and aspiring restaurateurs Manolo Andrea Carpenzano and Mirko Matteo Olivetti kill a pedestrian in a car accident, kicking off a series of events that enmesh them with the local crime syndicate and push their mutual allegiance to the breaking point. Saturday, June 2, 1: He dreams she will hit it big as a pop singer, but when Sharon loses interest in pursuing this potentially lucrative profession, tensions build between the two.
Friday, June 1, 4: In this inventive work of cinematic biography, eight actresses play Cortese at various stages of her career, amidst a kaleidoscopic of film clips and archival footage.
In a work that is by turns glamorous, celebratory, and soberly confessional, Cortese often addresses the viewer directly, yielding a direct and engaging portrait of an actress whose offscreen complexity often exceeded the roles she memorably incarnated.
Sunday, June 3, 1: After Roman priest Don Giuseppe Mimmo Borrelli begins developing an attraction to an employee of the refugee center where he works, he requests a transfer, settling just north of Naples.
There, he finds himself in conflict with the Camorra when he tries to intervene in the local industrial-waste crisis. Working with a mix of professionals and non-actors, Marra renders a scrappy, moving drama about the antagonism between religious belief and the modern world. Sunday, June 3, 8: While taking a cigarette break on a rooftop in Rome, a young baker Giacomo Ferrara notices a curious fowl plummeting from the sky.
He crosses from one rooftop to the next to get a closer look, and what he discovers is the beginning of a journey down an urban rabbit hole of incredible situations and bizarre characters including one played by a delightfully off-kilter Lou Castel.
Friday, June 1, 6: Jasmine Trinca plays the ironically named Fortunata, a young mother and hairdresser living in Rome whose ambitions are constantly thwarted by inept, needy friends and family baggage. Awaiting a divorce from her soon-to-be-ex-husband and dealing with the resultant issues her 8-year-old daughter has developed, Fortunata begins taking her daughter to a handsome child therapist Stefano Accorsi , with whom she has immediate chemistry.
Tuesday, June 5, 6: Saturday, June 2, 3: A woman courageously tries to break the silence in a culture of complicity surrounding sexual harassment in this all-too-timely film from Open Roads veteran Marco Tullio Giordana. Nina Cristiana Capotondi is a single mother who takes a job at a home for the elderly in Lombardy, where the inappropriate verbal treatment of her new manager Bebo Storti turns into outright assault.
Ultimately, Nina is one of the most multidimensional and inspiring protagonists in recent Italian cinema. Saturday, June 2, 8: They hit it off immediately, though their romance is curtailed when Andrea later stands her up. So begins a gripping metaphysical murder mystery, in which Naples becomes a shadowy, mysterious labyrinth of desire and memory. Monday, June 4, 8: The story of a group of Italians in Tuscany fleeing the Nazis, who intend to bomb their small town before it can be liberated by the Americans, is an enthralling chronicle of everyday people refusing to sit back and wait for history to redeem them.
Thursday, May 31, 3: An enigmatic, nameless man Valerio Mastandrea sits in the corner of a bar, receiving visitor after visitor. They tell him of their profoundest wishes and desires, and he assures them they can have exactly what they want. Italian with English subtitles. Friday, June 1, 8: Wednesday, June 6, 2: Seventeen-year-old Agnese Barbora Bobulova plans to take a vow of chastity to appease her intensely devout mother, but then she encounters year-old parking lot attendant Stefano Simone Liberati while shoplifting a cell phone.
Stefano represents for Agnese an alternative way of being in the world beyond the strictures of the church, from which she feels increasingly alienated. Friday, June 1, 2: Monday, June 4, 6: Few filmmakers have better embodied Italian cinema over the past 50 years than the Taviani brothers. Their latest and final film together Vittorio died in April is an elegant tale of young love caught in the whirlwind of war, loosely adapted from a book by Beppe Fenoglio. Their friendship is put to the ultimate test against a backdrop of violent struggle after the two men are swept up in the anti-fascist movement.
Saturday, June 2, 6: Wednesday, June 6, 6: Francesca Comencini adapts her own novel for this intelligent, intensely felt romantic comedy. Academics Claudia Lucia Mascino and Flavio Thomas Trabacchi have been a couple for seven years, but their physically and intellectually passionate relationship seems to have reached an impasse, and neither of them understands why.
This funny, charming movie reveals the inner work we must do in order to move on with our lives. The Film Society of Lincoln Center is devoted to supporting the art and elevating the craft of cinema. The only branch of the world-renowned arts complex, Lincoln Center shines a light on the everlasting yet evolving importance of the moving image.
This nonprofit organization was founded in to celebrate American and international films. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. In collaboration with the Italian Ministry for the Foreign Affairs, restorations and new prints are added every year. It is also involved with the direct organization of numerous Film Festival around the world: The journey of pianist, keyboardist and singer Luca Chiellini started in the countryside of Tuscany, Italy, where he was born and grew up.
After playing music all his life and at the same time pursuing a career in the pharmacy business, he left Italy and the medical field with a one-way ticket to Chicago and he found fortune in America playing with the top names in the Blues. Luca Chiellini, who brings the Italian tradition with him in his music and his touring, has also his own band and performs internationally as a solo artist on piano and vocals. You can catch Luca Chiellini playing on tour with Toronzo Cannon and with his own project in the Chicago area and all over the world.
Milan is the home of the anti-immigrant, anti-Europe, and nationalist Lega Nord political party led by Matteo Salvini.
As one racialized slogan put it: Risotto yes, couscous no. It is a view that holds that southern Italians are mentally slow and morally corrupt; in short, the south has been a drain on the more advanced and governable north and that the latter would be better off without the former.
Is this animosity evident while briefly visiting this northern capital, I wondered? I found that things do change -- and not necessarily for the better. At the start of my visit the nation had no government and by the end of it, a new coalition government was formed by Salvini and his Lega Nord party and by the young populist Luigi Di Maio and his 5-Star Movement.
For both of these leaders and their constituents, the scapegoat has changed from southern Italians to northern Africans.
Will such a change be good for those Italians living south of Rome? For this kind of politics has fear and division as its roots. The person proposed to be minister of justice, Guilia Bongiorno, came from even farther south — Palermo, Sicily. These would-be leaders also oppose the trans-national Euro-zone. Some of them want to stop a tunnel project that would connect Italy and France. Some seem to shout - keep the French out. Keep the Tunisians out. Italy is for the Italians which for the moment includes those from Avellino, Foggia, and Palermo.
I was a tourist. A scholarly tourist, but a tourist nonetheless. Thus, the shifts of governments and citing of articles in the Italian constitution did not directly touch me; though fascinating, I found the maneuvering. On the streets of Milan everyone seemed friendly, affluent, and stylish. One would not guess from the historic center of Milan that the nation nears financial crisis. Everyone strolls about with shopping bags brimming with purchases. In central Milan I saw few panhandlers.
Is this the work of a vigilant Carabinieri? Heavily armed security seem ubiquitous although no one seems disturbed by their presence; rather, perhaps they are assured. Farther out from the center I saw young people who seemed to be homeless or jobless migrants — or could this impression have been the result of a prejudicial lens of my own? Near my hotel I saw one line of graffiti and only this one line that read: The small Risorgimento Museum on the picturesque Via Borgonuovo emphasizes the central role Milan had in the unification of Italy.
For example, the museum extensively describes the Five Days revolt against Austrian rulers in March The south appears neither criticized nor slighted here. The reputation of the Italian fiction writer Giovanni Verga rests on the work he set in his native Sicily.
But Verga lived much of his life in Milan and often set his writing in this bustling northern capital. At least they do so for now, but perhaps not for much longer.
Cases of demonic possession are on the rise. The same goes for Spain and many countries in Latin America. More people are coming forward with claims that the devil or demons are taking over their bodies. The demand for Catholic intervention is high. So much so that the Vatican convenes a week long course each year to train priests to identify and cure demonic possessions. This workshop was first offered in and since then the number of priests in attendance have doubled to The model is Father Gabriele Amorth.
He was a pioneer in the field of exorcism and a champion fighter against the devil. Father Amorth was the official exorcist of the diocese of Rome from until his death in As the foremost expert on demonic possession, he was often newsworthy. He said whole groups, even countries could be possessed. Never mind the headlines, Father Amorth was no charlatan. The practice of exorcism has its rules and regulations. In , he along with five other priests founded the International Association of Exorcists.
The organization based in Rome retains a mission to review cases of demonic possession and share information on how best to combat the devil. A set of principles remain in place. An exorcism is the last resort. Only when a person is uncured after examination and treatment by licensed physicians and psychologists can she be seen by an exorcist. Often, it was Father Amorth who was called upon to expel demonic spirits.
Before he died in , he claimed to have performed over , exorcisms. The film recounts the work of Father Amorth and shows the first ever authorized account of him performing an exorcism. The film comes to us from the man who is rightly credited, along with William Peter Blatty, for advancing the concept of demonic possession throughout the world.
He is a lead member of a generation of directors that came of age in the s such as Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Spielberg. Friedkin followed that success with another.
It came with tight frames, handheld shots and, as always, a fast pace. The film was bold and provocative but not a hit. That is until now…. He gives us a riveting documentary for a new generation to savor his unique style.
It is all over again. The film is horrifying, disturbing and controversial. The belief in God is confronted head-on. It is a stark and mesmerizing exploration of terror and faith. The viewer is not the same after seeing this film. Friedkin said that he is at his best when he approaches a film as a journalist. He shows us the action. He conveys the subjects as they are.
We are left to decide. Do we believe or not? The film came about by chance and circumstance. Friedkin had been directing opera in Italy in recent years and was given the Puccini Prize in Lucca. He was enticed by the beautiful walled city and home of Giacomo Puccini. From there, he visited the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Italy had cast her spell. He wanted to see more.
He thought his friend, Andrea Monda, a religious scholar, could get him in to meet Pope Francis, but that was not possible. The pope was on travel. Was there anyone else he wanted to meet?
Father Amorth, he said. And if possible, could he observe an exorcism. And if possible, could he film it. This was a first. Exorcisms are intensely private. Only family of the person possessed and selected priests can attend. Father Amorth, however, knew Friedkin from his work in cinema. As a teenager, he became a partisan fighter when Mussolini returned from exile and established the Salo Republic. Gabriele fought beside socialists, communists, and anarchists.
Yet, he came out of the conflict with the hope of stabilizing Italy. In , he was ordained a priest and joined the Society of Saint Paul, a religious institute founded by Father James Alberione in Alba, with a goal of spreading the Gospel through modern communication. In , he began an apprenticeship in exorcism under Father Candido Amantini.
After Father Amantini died in , Father Amorth became the official exorcist of the diocese of Rome. It is the first day of May and his birthday.
Old and frail, the cleric is set to face his arch enemy Lucifer. The subject for dispossession is an Italian woman in her early 40s who goes by the name Cristina. She is an architect. She has a boyfriend. Yet, she claims the devil is inside her. He pushes her to do things against her will. We see her sitting on a chair covered in a red sheet. Her family is there with her. She is held down by several men. Father Amorth initiates the Roman Ritual of He holds the crucifix.
He calls for the intercession of saints. He leads the participants in prayer. Friedkin was the lone filmmaker in the room. He records a fight on a simple handheld video camera. It is the devil versus Father Amorth. It is an evil parasite against the power of Christ. Cristina struggles to be released. She tries to overpower the men holding her down. She then screams in anger. He visits psychiatrists at Columbia University in New York. The film sets up the never-ending debate between the Old World and New.
Ideas and beliefs collide. UCLA surgeons surmise a malfunction in the temporal lobe. However, they are open to other causes and treatments outside the practice of medicine. There soon appears on screen a digital map of the brain. Demonic possession might be a delusion resulting from a tumor. The team of psychiatrists at Columbia University are more confident in their diagnosis.
Although open to other causes and effects, the rituals of faith may have overwhelmed Cristina. The intercession of saints. The signs of the cross. The use of Holy Water. Maybe she has fallen prey to group think and the pressures of mysticism.
He is smart, calm and articulate. He begins with equivocation about demonic possession and the need for exorcism. Yet, as the interview progresses, he makes a starling revelation. He admits to being unqualified to perform an exorcism.
He does not have the acumen to take on the devil. He lacks the level of spirituality as endowed by Father Amorth. The raw close ups. The tight shots and intimate framing. The unrehearsed comments by experts.
This is the kind of documentary we we grew up on. He remains a master of confrontation. He holds nothing back. They come armed with Scripture. They come endowed with the Cardinal virtue of fortitude. They come to do battle. In either of them, the devil has met his match. It was a religious work, they said; a story of faith in the face of evil.
They come as either part of the story or as symbolic images to underscore a message of faith. What follows are the churches and historical sites in Italy that make up key scenes in the film. The documentary shows Catholic pilgrims from all over the world who ascend the stairs on their knees in acts of devotion. These stairs were once inside the palace of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem.
They were removed and transported to Rome in the 4th century at the request of Saint Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine. It are these stairs that Jesus Christ climbed to be seen and sentenced to death by Pilate. The subject was a woman who went by the alias Cristina.
Friedkin said that Father Amorth was the most holy man he ever met. Friedkin went there to meet Cristina after Father Amorth died. The setting is the Acropolis of Alatri and its great cyclopean wall. No mortar in the structure binds the stones together. Instead, large limestone blocks were carved according to specific measurements and tilted when stacked.
The wall was erected before the time of ancient Rome and stands today after surviving many earthquakes and other destructive phenomena. The location was once the burial chamber for the Hernici tribe and then a temple for the Roman god Saturn. The church was completed there in the 13th century with a facade added in the 19th century.
Inside are relics of Saint Sixtus, one of the earliest popes who served in the first century A. Cristina did not show up to the basilica as originally planned.
The grounds once hosted a temple to Venus. The church was built there in the 4th century and was renovated in the 14th century with an added bell tower and an inscription by Pope Boniface IX. In the film, Friedkin met with Cristina, her boyfriend and her mother inside the church. She was restrained by her boyfriend who demanded the director give up the footage of her exorcism.
He refused and the man threatened to kill him. Friedkin immediately left the church, got in his car and made his way quickly back to Rome.
Pictured from top, Sashini Fernando, chief sustainability officer at Tropic Sri Lanka, and Paolo Bray, founder and director of Friend of the Sea; the extraction of eggs from tuna and a lab worker at Tropic Sri Lanka Friend of the Sea FOS is an organization based in Milan, Italy that has devised an international certification scheme for products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Audits are based on the best up-to-date data and run by accredited independent certification bodies.
FOS also supports projects of preservation and protection of the environment and marine habitats. Moreover, it is constantly engaged in awareness campaigns to make more and more people conscious of the importance of consuming only certified sustainable seafood. The initiative aims to improve recruitment rates through assisted reproductive technology, thereby allowing a second generation of yellowfin tuna to return back to the ocean.
In , the Japanese government started a reproduction project of Bluefin tuna to support the increasing demand of sashimi. What differs is that assisted reproductive technology is applied to farming due to geo-morphological constraints, while in the case of Sri Lanka the same technique is conducted out of sea making of FCP SEA a pioneering project.
To learn more about Friend of the Sea, log on to their web site at http: It is an extraordinary new documentary film by Marco Proserpio, a tireless Italian filmmaker from Milan. Graffiti dates back to the time of antiquity. Some of its earliest examples can be seen in Italy today on the walls of buildings in Pompeii or on the walls inside the catacombs of Rome. It usually comes by way of reckless spray paint. It is an assault upon the walls of public works or commercial buildings.
It is usually nothing more than the scrawl of gang identification; a warning sign of embellished fonts, ugly and of no significance to anyone except those engaged in turf warfare.
At times, however, graffiti can be art. An artist may actually draw on a wall something definable and with a compelling message.
Such is the artist known as Banksy. He is a fearless and creative graffiti artist. His stenciled black and white works first appeared on walls throughout England. In , Banksy was in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ, which is now part of Palestinian territory and under the watchful eye of the Israeli army and intelligence agencies. He had been invited there, along with a select group of artists, to paint on the wall that now divides Palestine and Israel.