Rarely has Italy's long-moribund movie industry been mired in such adverse circumstances, and—in a nation that recently witnessed its first general strike in two decades—rarely has the moment seemed riper for a cinema of opposition to emerge. After scarcely a year in office as Italian prime minister, right-wing media magnate Silvio Berlusconi has seized 90 percent of his country's broadcasting system and installed bottom-line bureaucrats as arts administrators. The Berlusconi taint has extended to the Venice Film Festival: Perennial honoree... More >>>