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Open Roads: ‘The Beautiful Summer,’ Pavese Is Deftly Revived

Cesare Pavese was one of Italy’s most influential writers of the 20th century. One of his short stories La bella estate, published in 1949, was part of a book of novellas that won the author the Strega Prize, the most prestigious Italian literary award, in 1950. Decades later the Italian screenwriter-director Laura Luchetti adapted this…

“Scarlet”/ Review: Italian Filmmaker Pietro Marcello Follows Up Absorbing “Martin Eden” With Vague French Fable

In 2019 “Martin Eden” made a splash in the arthouse film world. The Jack London based story of a tortured man in Naples craving to write prose with his working-class hands in post-World War II, established Pietro Marcello as a clever filmmaker with fresh ideas and salty nerve. In his follow up “Scarlet” another pair…