Turtles, Roaches, Hummingbirds, Saints, and a Marxist Oscar Wilde: New Italian Cinema Is Alive at Lincoln Center

Brandon Judell
The Shadow
Published in
8 min readJun 8, 2023

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Sanity is not for breakfast as Mom (Kasia Smutniak) chews away in “The Hummingbird.” Credit: Enrico De Luigi

This past week was the 22nd year that Cinecittà and Film at Lincoln Center showcased the descendants of Fellini, Pasolini, and Antonioni. Yes, each year “Open Roads: New Italian Cinema” spotlights the best or most promising works of contemporary filmmakers from the Boot: a reflection of sorts to…

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Brandon Judell
The Shadow

For half a century, Brandon Judell has covered the LGBTQI scene and the arts. He currently lectures at The City College of New York.