Roland Emmerich at Concordia University Shakespeare Centre in Downtown Portland

My name is Francesca. I am from Italy and I am a student at Bocconi University. I am studying Economics for the Arts, and my passion for cinema brought me to become an intern at the Oregon Film Office this summer.

As an intern and a student, I will have the opportunity to attend a special event: the screening of “Anonymous,” Roland Emmerich’s latest movie. In fact, The Concordia University Shakespeare Centre will bestow the “Vero Nihil Verius Award of Artistic Excellence” to Roland Emmerich during their annual conference (September 6th 2011 -9th 2011). Continue reading... “Roland Emmerich at Concordia University Shakespeare Centre in Downtown Portland”

An Italian Perspective on American Cinema

by Francesca Serra
Oregon Film Intern from Napoli, Italy

In Italy, the idea of American cinema is tightly connected with Hollywood and sensationalist movies where the hero is always handsome and honest and the audience knows that.  By the end of the movie, he will defeat all his enemies who, of course, are ugly and bad.

Why do Italians have this vision of American movies?  Because, most of the American movies that arrive in Italy always have the same features: a big international secret, a woman in distress, and a hero that saves her.  Continue reading... “An Italian Perspective on American Cinema”