Roberto Benigni

Film director, actor Roberto Benigni

Roberto Remigio Benigni, is an Academy Award winning Italian actor, comedian, screenwriter and director of film, theatre and television.
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In Defense Of Russia's 'Holocaust On Ice'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Has 'Springtime for Hitler' finally met its match? What, after all, could be a better example of bad taste than a figure-skating routine performed by a man and a woman dressed as concentration camp inmates, complete with stripes and yellow stars? Clearly, Mel Brooks chose the wrong season for his Hitler-themed broadway scam. Winter is coming, accessorized with Holocaust kitsch. Last Saturday's episode of 'Ice Age' (which the New York Times describes as a 'celebrity ice-dancing show on Russian television') hit a particular viral sweet spot: part 'wacky Russian' YouTube video (like the dash cam videos popularized by Jon Stewart after the Chelyabinsk meteor), part Putinist horror story (former Olympic ice skater Tatiana Navka is married to presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov). The response in the West is unsurprising and understandable. The comedian Sarah Silverman put it best when she tweeted, 'Oh those whacky Holocaust victims (OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD).' And this...
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Stop The Bum Rap On CLOWNS
Huffington Post - over 1 year
You know what really gets my goat these days? The bum rap CLOWNS are getting in the press... and in our society in general. And I don't mean the politician clown currently vying for Presidential votes. No, I mean real CLOWNS. And the nasty and fearful tone the press has taken towards all CLOWNS. Calling them stalkers, child molestors, perverts, murderers, etc. It's obscene, offensive, callous, perverse, and wrong! CLOWNS are, and always have been historically, FUNNY PEOPLE. Their one and only goal in life has been to make people laugh. They sacrificed themselves... by taking pies in the face, by tripping to the ground, by having their hearts broken... all for the good of their audiences. To uplift their audiences. For catharsis. CLOWNS spoke truth to power. Were the only ones who could mock the king, whisper in his ear. The "wise fool". The "wounded hearler." CLOWNS stood outside the conventions of society to be able to make fun of convention itself. To poke fun at ...
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Where to Eat Local in Venice, Italy
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Being Italian I have a love affair with food and what and where to eat is always something I need to know and plan ahead. I don't just eat food. I eat because I love food. And it has to be good! It's not always easy to find a good restaurant when you're abroad. You end up eating in a place for tourists where quality can be poor and prices are high. I have to admit that Venice is not one of those low-cost destinations, but a good "osteria" can work the quality/price magic. What traveling has taught me is to ask a local what are their favorite restaurants. And guess what? That's always the best way to find something awesome. That's the way I started to find my way around in NYC when I started to spend a lot of time in the city. What I've learned from my travels is also to never judge the place for its appearance: most important thing are the people inside: locals or tourists? That's what I've learned a few years ago when I was vacationing in Italy on the island of Ischia....
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Benigni on Pope Francis: A fountain, waterfall of mercy
Yahoo News - about 2 years
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Oscar-winning actor and director Roberto Benigni gave Pope Francis two thumbs up Tuesday, delivering one of his rapid-fire monologues and praising the pope as a fountain of mercy who is "dragging the whole church toward Christianity."
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Electronica</em> and Grande Amore</em>: Chatting With Jean-Michel Jarre and Gianluca Ginoble, Plus Patrick Breen, the Battlefield and Ted Drozdowski's Scissormen Exclusives
Huffington Post - over 2 years
A Conversation with Jean-Michel Jarre Mike Ragogna: Bonjour, Jean-Michel! Doesn't it seem like yesterday when you created your classic electronic album Oxygène? Jean-Michel Jarre: Absolutely. It's true in a lifetime span, what it means when you are working and I think it's true for everybody, whatever you do in that path of your life and it's also true in the context of electronic music. I've been really privileged, being one of the guys in electronic music in the days when it was just considered a bunch of crazy guys working with crazy machines. I remember far before Oxygène when I started being involved in electronic music in Pierre Schaeffer's Music Research Center in Paris and with Karlheinz Stockhausen in Germany, that was really very far away from rock 'n' roll. But I've always been convinced that electronic music was more than just a genre of music like pop or rock or punk or hip-hop but actually a new way of writing, composing, producing even distributing music these ...
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Neil Patrick Harris Brings the Magic of Nothing to Hide From LA to NYC
Huffington Post - about 4 years
When a play is extended four times at the Geffen Playhouse, a theater lover in LA (if only part-time) has to buy a ticket. I had read a few favorable blurbs of Nothing to Hide, starring Magic Castle sensations Derek DelGaudio and Helder Guimaraes, but didn't understand the fuss until I saw the remarkable 70-minute magic show directed by the multi-talented Neil Patrick Harris, himself President of the Academy of Magical Arts at the Magic Castle. DelGaudio, artist, magician and founder of the experimental performance art duo, A. Bandit, and the Portuguese wonder, Guimaraes, the youngest ever World Champion of Card Magic in 2006 at just 23, have the kind of rapport and chemistry you expect from a comic duo together for decades. DelGaudio reminds one of a young, thin Vincent D'Onofrio, striking a perfect balance between cockiness and self-deprecation, while Velder strikes one as a low-key Roberto Benigni. Both are wonderfully sarcastic, so it's not a traditional funny/straight man d...
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Celeb birthdays for the week of Oct. 27-Nov. 2
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Oct. 27: Actress Nanette Fabray is 93. Actress Ruby Dee is 91. Actor-comedian John Cleese is 74. Country singer Lee Greenwood is 71. Country singer-guitarist Jack Daniels (Highway 101) is 64. Bassist Garry Tallent of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band is 64. Author Fran Lebowitz is 63. Guitarist K.K. Downing (Judas Priest) is 62. TV personality Jayne Kennedy is 62. Actor-director Roberto Benigni ("Life Is Beautiful") is 61. Actor Peter Firth ("That's Life") is 60. Actor Robert Picardo ("The Wonder Years," ''China Beach") is 60. Singer Simon LeBon of Duran Duran is 55. Keyboardist J.D. McFadden (Sixpence None The Richer, The Mavericks) is 49. Drummer Jason Finn of Presidents of the United States of America is 46. Singer Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver) is 46. Actress Sheeri Rappaport ("CSI," ''NYPD Blue") is 36. TV personality Kelly Osbourne is 29.
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Matteo Renzi e Flavio Briatore a pranzo: il manager "Lo voterei al 100%"
The Huffington Post - over 4 years
Pranzo insieme per Matteo Renzi e Flavio Briatore. I due hanno mangiato pesce in un noto ristorante di Firenze venerdì scorso, come riporta il Corriere Fiorentino: Che ci facevano a pranzo insieme Matteo Renzi e Flavio Briatore? Venerdì, a Firenze, il (post) Rottamatore e il manager bon viveur hanno chiacchierato a lungo, gustando pesce in un noto ristorante della città. I due pare non si conoscessero di persona: a organizzare l’incontro ci ha pensato Lucio Presta (anche lui a tavola), manager di Roberto Benigni, in ottimi rapporti con Renzi, che anche quest’estate (dal 20 luglio al 6 agosto) ospiterà il comico toscano in piazza Santa Croce, dove tornerà a cantare la Divina Commedia. More...
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Andrew Matthews: A Movie Lover's Guide to Tuscany
Huffington Post - about 5 years
Sometimes it is a book that captures the essence of a place, like how Memoirs of a Geisha pulled us all to Japan. Miyagawa-chō geisha district, Kyoto. Image by HIADA. Other times it's a famous painting like Constable's realisations of 18th century rural England. Dedham Vale, heart of "Constable Country". Image by Karen Roe. And then there are the films that speak to you about the place they depict. These movies yank at you, urge you to get on a plane and see the magic for yourself. Yes, films have a lot to answer for. I think it's only right to highlight one destination that has provided a backdrop for some of the most romantic and beautiful films of our time. Come with as we explore Tuscany through the movies that have been shot there. Room with a View: Florence. Image by stevehdc. Based on the E.M. Forester novel of the same name, Room with a View was released in 1985 and tells the story of Miss Lucy Honeychurch, a free-spirited young woman coping with ...
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Robert De Niro Hasn't Won An Oscar In A Long Time
Huffington Post - about 5 years
Robert De Niro is widely regarded as one of the best actors of his generation, so it may surprise you to learn how long he went without making a truly great movie. (Sure, we all laughed at “Meet the Parents” back in 2000, but "Meet the Parents" is no “The Deer Hunter.”) The Oscar nomination De Niro earned with his supporting role in last year's "Silver Linings Playbook" is his first since 1991, when he played that crazy guy who clings to the bottom of Nick Nolte's car in "Cape Fear." And he hasn't won an Academy Award since 1981, when he portrayed the tormented boxer Jake LaMotta in "Raging Bull." If you want an idea of how long ago that was, here is a video of a young De Niro accepting his award from Sally Field: If you want a few more ideas, keep reading. On the day Robert De Niro won his last Oscar: · The No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 was “Rapture” by Blondie. · The No. 1 movie at the box office was "Omen III: The Final Conflict," starring Sam Ne...
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Review: 'To Rome with Love'
Calabasas Patch - over 5 years
The “Woodman”gets around: first London, then Barcelona, last year was Paris and now, ah—the Eternal City. Nice work if you can get it-huh?  I came to To Rome With Love with low expectations, hearing the pre-release buzz and reading earlier reviews of Woody Allen’s voyage to La Bella Italia. I need not have feared.  Okay, the latest might not be the greatest and does not come close to matching the brilliant, witty and altogether satisfying Midnight in Paris, but it’s more than good enough to warrant a visit. If you can sneak in a café latte or cappuccino under your summer togs, you’ll be prepared for an often hilarious escape from the mid-summer doldrums and heat plaguing much of the USA now. You know, “when in Rome” and all that.  To Rome With Love is playing at the Westlake Regency. The film plunges right into the Roma of picture postcards; what else but the Coliseum complete with ”dancing” traffic cop plunk in the middle of swarming autos going every which way but...
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Postcard Fables
The Portland Mercury - over 5 years
Woody Allen's late-career tour of Europe continues in To Rome with Love. by Ned Lannamann TO ROME WITH LOVE is going to be compared unfavorably to last year's Midnight in Paris, a breezy dollop of magical realism that ended up being the most financially successful film in Woody Allen's career. But To Rome with Love is completely likeable in its own right, even if it's entirely without surprise or consequence—two things audiences should no longer require from Allen, perhaps history's most maddeningly dependable filmmaker. Allen continues his late-career tour of Europe in a Rome whose vast history barely registers beyond To Rome's gorgeous backdrops. Allen effortlessly spins four separate, slight stories, each a romantic fantasy designed to reverberate off the Eternal City's ruins and monuments. In one, a newlywed couple (Alessandro Tiberi and Alessandra Mastronardi) comes to Rome and gets separated—one of Allen's running jokes is ho...
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Nicolaus Mills: Woody Allen's Roman Holiday
Huffington Post - over 5 years
With his newest movie, To Rome with Love, Woody Allen, continues his European film tour. Italy can now be added to Allen's take on England, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger; Spain, Vicky Cristina Barcelona; and France, Midnight in Paris. But the movie that To Rome with Love most resembles is William Wyler's 1953 Roman Holiday. Roman Holiday was Audrey Hepburn's breakthrough film. In it she plays a young princess (from an unknown country) who decides to escape from the constrictive life she has been forced to lead by sneaking away from her overprotective staff. The princess has the good luck to be taken up by a handsome American reporter (Gregory Peck), and for 24 hours she has the time of her life before resuming her formal duties. Wyler's film is a paean to the value of breaking free from convention, and nearly 60 years later, the same sentiments are at the center of To Rome with Love. Only the setting is different. Contemporary Europe, mired in debt and austerity ...
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A Minute With: Woody Allen on "Rome" and home
Yahoo News - over 5 years
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After the success of last year's "Midnight in Paris", filmmaker Woody Allen is back again with a European-set comedy, "To Rome With Love", in which he also stars. With a cast featuring Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz, Ellen Page and others, the film portrays intertwining stories including that of an young man (Jesse Eisenberg) in the love triangle of his youth, a middle-aged man (Roberto Benigni) who becomes an overnight celebrity and an undertaker whose operatic voice only comes alive in the shower. The movie opened in major U.S. ...
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How Woody Allen Would Change 'Manhattan'
Beleb Dirty Laundry - over 5 years
NEW YORK -- On a sweltering Manhattan day, it's hard not to think of Woody Allen's old line about preferring air conditioning to the Pope. Allen's Park Avenue office and screening room are a cool sanctuary, far off the Manhattan street and away from the heat. Asked if he was looking forward to the New York premiere that evening of his latest film, "To Rome With Love," he answers "No" with comical quickness. Depending on how you count, "To Rome With Love" is the 76-year-old filmmaker's 45th film, a total he's amassed by making, with remarkable consistency, a film a year. It's also his eighth film made in self-imposed exile, traversing European capitals. His last movie, the Oscar-nominated "Midnight in Paris," was his biggest box-office hit ever, a success Allen greets only with a shrug. "To Rome With Love" – as much of a European postcard as Allen has made – is an ensemble farce about numerous characters (Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, Penelope Cruz, Roberto...
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Weekend Openers: Woody Allen, Pixar Animation, Abraham Lincoln, the End of Earth and More
Movie Line - over 5 years
Penélope Cruz, Woody Allen and Geta Gerwig at the NYC premiere of To Rome with Love this week hosted by the Cinema Society. Photo by Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co. This weekend's new theatrical offerings include a massive array for any taste. In the studio realm, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter marks the 16th Prez as a savior from Vampires, Pixar's Brave centers on a Princess who must save her kingdom. Focus' Seeking a Friend for the End of the World pits a mismatched man and woman on an unlikely road trip, while doc The Invisible War is a fascinating but sad exposé on the sad truth about sexual assault in the U.S. military. Fellow doc Kumaré, meanwhile follows a man posing as an Eastern guru who builds his own following in Arizona. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Director: Timur Bekmambetov Writers: Seth Grahame-Smith Cast: Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie Distributor: Fox Just the title itself makes it a worthy consideration. In this fantasy/hor...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Roberto Benigni
    FIFTIES
  • 2012
    Age 59
    His latest film is To Rome with Love with Woody Allen in 2012.
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  • 2009
    Age 56
    Following his U.S. premiere Benigni performed his last presentation on 16 June 2009, in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he was awarded Honorary Citizenship of the City of Buenos Aires in a ceremony held at the Legislative Palace in homage to the notable Italian diaspora and culture in Argentina.
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    Benigni was feted in San Francisco at a special reception held by the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) in his honor on May 24, 2009.
  • 2008
    Age 55
    Benigni brought "TuttoDante" to the United States, Canada and Argentina in the TuttoDante Tour between 2008-2009 with performances in San Francisco, Boston and Chicago.
  • 2006
    Age 53
    During 2006 and 2007, Benigni had a lot of success touring Italy with his 90-minute "one man show" TuttoDante ("Everything About Dante").
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  • 2005
    Age 52
    On 15 October 2005, he performed an impromptu strip tease on Italy's most watched evening news program, removing his shirt and draping it over the newscaster's shoulders.
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  • 2003
    Age 50
    In 2003, Benigni was honored by the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), receiving the Foundation's NIAF Special Achievement Award in Entertainment.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2002
    Age 49
    As a director, his 2002 film Pinocchio, one of the costliest films in Italian cinema, performed well in Italy, but it bombed in North America, with a 0% critics' score at Rotten Tomatoes.
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  • 1999
    Age 46
    On a 1999 episode of Saturday Night Live, host Ray Romano played him in a sketch parodying his giddy behavior at the ceremony.
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    At the 1999 ceremony, the film was awarded the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film (which Benigni accepted as the film's director), Best Original Dramatic Score (the score by Nicola Piovani), and Benigni received the award for Best Actor (the first for a male performer in a non-English-speaking role, and only the third overall acting Oscar for non-English-speaking roles).
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  • 1997
    Age 44
    Benigni is perhaps best known outside Italy for his 1997 tragicomedy Life Is Beautiful (La vita è bella), filmed in Arezzo, also written by Cerami.
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  • 1993
    Age 40
    In 1993, he starred in Son of the Pink Panther, directed by veteran Blake Edwards.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 37
    In 1990, he was a member of the Jury at the 40th Berlin International Film Festival.
  • 1986
    Age 33
    Beginning in 1986, Benigni starred in three films by American director Jim Jarmusch.
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  • 1984
    Age 31
    In 1984, he played in Non ci resta che piangere ("Nothing Left to Do but Cry") with comic actor Massimo Troisi.
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  • 1983
    Age 30
    Benigni's first film as director was Tu mi turbi (You Upset Me) in 1983.
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    In June 1983 he appeared during a public political demonstration by the Italian Communist Party, with which he was a sympathiser, and on this occasion he lifted and cradled the party's national leader Enrico Berlinguer.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1980
    Age 27
    In 1980 he met Cesenate actress Nicoletta Braschi, who was to become his wife and who has starred in most of the films he has directed.
  • 1977
    Age 24
    His first film was 1977's Berlinguer, I Love You (Berlinguer ti voglio bene), also by Bertolucci.
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  • 1975
    Age 22
    In 1975, Benigni had his first theatrical success with Cioni Mario di Gaspare fu Giulia, written by Giuseppe Bertolucci.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1971
    Age 18
    His first experiences as a theatre actor took place in 1971, in Prato.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1952
    Born
    Born on October 27, 1952.
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