Episode #05: The Gospel According to St. Matthew

Buona Pasqua! This is a special Easter edition of Cinema Italiano, with an audio essay on Pier Paolo Pasolini’s The Gospel According to St. Matthew, exploring this excitingly anachronistic tale of Christ with themes and motifs that recur throughout Pasolini’s filmography.


This episode features the following music excerpts:

  • “Gloria” by Les Troubadours du Roi Baudouin
  • “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” by Odetta

Episode #04: The Flowers of St. Francis

This episode features some news updates (including the Criterion Channel launch) and an audio essay on Roberto Rossellini’s The Flowers of St. Francis, discussing its portrayal of the saint and his ideologies, plus the cultural context in which his story unfolds.



This episode features this music excerpt:

  • “Intermezzo” by Mascagni


Episode #03: Call Me By Your Name

The new episode of Cinema Italiano covers Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name, featuring special guest Albert Gutierrez!

We deep-dive into this modern classic, including the cultural context of its northern Italian setting, how art and music contribute to the greater narrative, and how language and identity play a key role in this coming-of-age love story.

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This episode features the following music excerpts:

  • “Hallelujah Junction – 1st Movement” by John Adams
  • “Mystery of Love” by Sufjan Stevens




Episode #02: Death in Venice

On this episode, we’re discussing Luchino Visconti’s Death in Venice (1971) with special guest and Visconti aficionado Jon Laubinger (Film Baby Film, The 25th Frame Media)! We go into the film’s themes of beauty, art, and decay, as well as how setting and geography fit into this dark tale. Jon also shares great insight around how Death in Venice fits into Visconti’s filmography, and how it gives life to ideas the director explores throughout all his work.

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This episode features the following music excerpt:

  • Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 by Gustav Mahler




Episode #01: Ciao, Amici!

I’m excited to announce a new project! I’m joining the podcast game with Cinema Italiano, a podcast dedicated to the Italian experience as told by film. More details and information coming soon, and can’t wait to explore the world of Italian cinema together with all of you!


This episode features the following music excerpts:

  • “La Dolce Vita” by Nino Rota, La Dolce Vita
  • “Finale” by Nino Rota, La Dolce Vita