The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Author Peter Bondanella, who penned the critically acclaimed new book "Hollywood Italians: Dagos, Palookas, Romeos, Wise Guys and Sopranos" (Continuum International Publishing Group, $29.95), will give a talk at Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch on Sept. 9 at 7 pm.

Bondanella’s entertaining book covers the ways Italians have been portrayed in Hollywood from the 1915 film "The Italian" to "Saturday Night Fever" (1977) to HBO’s "The Sopranos," which he treats as film. And of course, Bondanella discusses Francis Ford Coppolla’s "Godfather" trilogy.

The lecture by Bondanella (pictured), Indiana University’s professor of comparative literature and Italian, will kick off the library’s new "Italian-AMERICAN Film Series," curated by Joseph Sciorra of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute.

Films to be discussed in Sciorra’s series include Martin Scorsese’s 1974 film "Italianame­rican" and Kym Ragusa’s 1997 short "Fuori/Outs­ide," on Sept. 23; Nancy Savoca’s 1989 movie "True Love," on Oct. 7; and the 1992 film "Mac," by Park Slope’s own John Turturro, on Oct. 21.

Sciorra will introduce Bondanella’s discussion of the history of Italian-Americans in film, to be held in the second floor meeting room of the Central Branch, located at Grand Army Plaza. For more information, call (718) 230-2100. This series is free and open to the public.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Don’t miss out!

Stay in touch with the stories people are talking about in your neighborhood:

Optional: Help us tailor our newsletters to you!