The Soundtrack of Italian American Cinema: A Talk by Mark Rotella
Moderated by Teresa Fiore (Inserra Endowed Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies)
POSTPONED TO SPRING 2022 – In English with simultaneous interpretation into Italian (Zoom meeting with limited spots available)
The talk looks at the history of Italian American films through the soundtrack. From Rudolph Valentino’s 1920s silent movies, through the films of Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Frank Capra, Stanley Tucci, Norman Jewison, and even Spike Lee, we will hear how music—sweet orchestration, booming opera, heart-felt crooning, and rhythmic doowop—enhanced and informed the cinematic narrative. Designed in connection with “Italian Americans in Film,” a General Education course offered at MSU since 2012.
Mark Rotella is an American author and Senior Editor at Publishers Weekly. He graduated from Columbia University in 1992 with a B.A. in Russian Literature. Rotella’s first book, Stolen Figs: And Other Adventures in Calabria (2004), recounts his travels to Calabria, the region in southern Italy from which his grandparents immigrated.
- Linked to the Italian Program (Dept. of World Languages and Cultures)
Short url: tinyurl.com/SoundItAmFilm
“It’s A Wonderful (Italian-American) Life” by Mark Rotella, NPR.org (Dec. 2012).
“’Amore’: Italian-American Singers In The 20th Century” by Mark Rotella, NPR.org (Oct. 9, 2010)
“Living With Music: A Playlist by Mark Rotella” The New York Times (Oct. 6, 2010).
“Big Night: Soundtrack and Silence” by Andrea Sciarambella, ReelRundown. Nov. 23, 2020.