Film has inspired popular culture for decades, but some people don't actually know where the inspiration for their favorite films comes from. Today, Columbus Day, Metropolitan State College of Denver film studies professor Vincent Piturro will celebrate Italian heritage -- and in a way that he hopes will change the controversial dialogue around Columbus Day in Denver -- with one of the things that Italians do best. Film. Tonight at 7 p.m., he and the film club at Metro are presenting Roberto Rossellini's masterpiece Paisáat the Starz Film Center; there will be a discussion afterward and Italian treats. Paisá tells the story of American and Italian collaboration during WW II.
We've taken this inspiration to celebrate Italian film a bit further and collected three other Italian directors that you never realized you knew or loved.3. Dario Argento
Slasher films had to start with somebody, and that is where Argento came in. A fan of the thriller/mystery genre in both film and literature, he drew from a dark place for this film and produced some sick visuals, but there would be noSaw
films without him. John Carpenter has repeatedly said that Argento was a heavy influence on hisHalloween
films. But horror wasn't Argento's only genre: he was an avid screenwriter and is the man behind one of the greatest Spaghetti Westerns ever made,Once Upon A Time In The West
, a film that also connects him to our next director.
2. Sergio Leone
Do you remember a little actor named Clint Eastwood? No? What about the character Dirty Harry or the filmGran Torino
? Oh yeah! That guy. Well, without Sergio Leone creating the "Man With No Name" inA Fistful of Dollars
, we might not have the same iconic actor/director that we have today. Leone was one of the creators of the Spaghetti Western and changed the way westerns were made from that point forward. A most recent example is the animated featureRango
. From beginning to end, it screams Leone...and it does it with the utmost respect.
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