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PAGE 4 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 26, 2016 L'Anno BeUo: A Year in Italian Folklore Let's Hear it for the Oscars.t by Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz It is that wonderful time of the year again. The time of watch- ing movie stars glide over the red carpet, as graceful as paper swans, wrapped in jewel-hued gowns. It is the time when tele- vision channels replay Oscar- winning movies of the past, with iconic images of sultry femme fatales and tight-jawed heroes and conniving villains flashing across the screen. During the past few weeks, people have devoted many moments to recognizing the artistic achieve- ment of a medium which of- ten goes unappreciated, being synonymous with lightweight popcorn fare. Now, however, !people are in full recognition of the powerful role that movies play in our lives. Which film of ,the past year, they ask, best crafted a story that transported us to another time or place? Which director imbued his or her project with the most love and passion? Which actress or actor best delved into the complexities of their role? Yes, it is the time of the year when the Academy Awards are an- nounced. As a long-time lover of film, I will spend the evening of Sunday, February 28~, glued to my television, shivering with anticipation as the little gold statuettes are distributed. While I am watching, I will also pay tribute to the significance of movies to my life and heritage. Movies have always comprised an integral part of my soul. Indeed, film has contributed to the collective subcomscious of people around the world. Much of our notions of good and evil, achievement, love and longing derive from the cel- luloid world. When I think of selfless romance, for example, I think of cynical caf6 owner Rick Blaine from Casablanca letting his true love Ilsa depart on a plane on a foggy Moroccan night, all for the higher cause of stopp'mg Nazism. Han Solo from Star Wars, on the other hand, forever stays in my mind as the epitome of the rascal with a heart of gold, the guy everybody knows who tries to be tough, but cannot conceal his soft side for long. When he re- appeared at the end of the film to save Luke Skywalker from the clutches of the evil Empire, I felt a cheer swelling up inside me. That is why I appreciate film so much, because they are little stories that encompass the spectrum of emotions that give meaning to our existence as humans. During Oscar season, I try to catch as many of the Best Picture nominees as I can, though busy work and school schedules make it hard. I did manage to catch Star Wars: The Force Awakens-- twice[ -- and loved the way that film tapped into both my sense of nostalgia and my appreciation for good characterization and plot. I hope to watch many of the other nominees as soon as I am able, perhaps on a cozy movie night, snuggling with my hus- band and a big bowl of buttered popcorn. From dramatic biogra- phies to quirky indie flicks, this year's Oscar-nominated films encapsulate a rich tapestry of the human story, and I want to soon add them to my repertoire. The Oscar season also re- minds me of the tremendous achievement that Italians and Italian-Americans have made in the field of cinema. State- side, directors like Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese have become icons of Ameri- can filmmaking. My father was always quick to remind me that Italian-born moviemakers have supplied the world with many indelible masterpieces. World cinema stands all the richer because of directors like Federico Fellini, who brought whimsy and absurd satire back to silver screen; Vittorio De Sica, who gave a voice to Italy's working-class citizens; and Sergio Leone, whose revisionist Westerns reshaped the myth of the American frontier. Italian film even forms the backbone of an interesting story repeated among my family. When my grandmother was a young and sophisticated student in Rome, she was courted by the studio bigwigs of Cinecitt~, the Italian version of Hollywood, to become an actress. Though one of her old-fashioned relatives put an end to this, the story speaks to Owned and operated by Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher, Post-Gazette Public Insurance Adjuster Since 1969 FOR aLL YOUR msu Ncr NEEDS AUTO HOMEOWNERS * TENANTS COMMERCIAL Experience makes the difference 209 BROADWAY, REVERE, MA 02151 Tel. 781.284.1100 Fax 781.284.2200 Free Parking Adjacent to Building the splendor of Italian cinema and its ability to inspire dreams in young people just like the fictionalized Hollywood of leg- end. In honor of Italian contri- butions to movies, I often serve star-worthy Italian dishes for my Oscar-watching events. Last year, I made a mascar- pone cheesecake drizzled with chocolate sauce. It was such a decadent and creamy hit that I plan to make it again on Sun- day, an appropriately stylish plate for the most glamorous night of the year. Films are a roadmap of our hopes, dreams, and values. I encourage everyone to watch at least a few of the Best Picture nominees before the Oscar cer- emony on Sunday in order to find one that resonates on an emotional level. Good movies enrich our lives, as they provide us with visions of another world or new perspectives, or char- acters so strongly written that they remain inside our mind long after the projector has stopped running. This month, I will revel in the Oscars in order to pay tribute to the films that have enhanced my life joumey, and I will also pause to honor the Italian movies that have be- come milestones in my culture and heritage. After all, the abil- ity to view films as more than just entertainment, but as sig- nificant social art and artifacts, is an achievement worthy of an Academy Award in itself. Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz is a Graduate Student in History at the University of Massachu- setts Boston. She appreciates any comments and suggestions about Italian holidays and folk- lore at adicenso89@gmail.com. Loved Ones The Post-Gazette accepts memorials throughout the year. Please call 617-22 7-8929 by Sal Giarratani &_i/7; With the Advice, Consent and Affirmation of the Senate, Too President Obama has decided to go ahead and nominate his choice for the vacancy created by the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Shortly after Scalia's passing, Senate Ma- jority Leader, Mitch McConnell, had urged the president to hold off nominating anyone, thereby allowing the next president to fill the empty seat. Obama said he has constitutional authority to do so now and he will. On this, he is correct. The president nominates and, with the advice and consent of the Senate, a new justice is confirmed for the High Court. However, there is never a guarantee that a president's choice will be ~firmed in the Senate. Most of the time it is, but not always. Hearings are held by the Senate Judiciary Committee and the nominee is questioned by the panel as are other witnesses, and a constitutional process is followed. ~ ~ Think back to 1987-88 when President Reagan's choice fdf'fl4e High Court was Robert Bork. The Democrats controlled the Senate, bashing Bork six ways to Sunday. He never got confirme fifl- i the process, the Democrats created a new negativo l rltttCwn as "borking." Then, 25 years ago, another Democrat-controlled Senate tried to stop another Republican pick that had been nominated by Presi- dent George H.W. Bush. Remember Clarence Thomas? How about Anita Hill? Once again, the hearings dragged on. But this time at the end, Thomas was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court over the consternation of upset Democrats on the panel unable to "boric" him. Let the process go forward. Let's see who President Obama nomi- nates, then at the Senate's convenience announce hearings. Let the Senate Judiciary Committee do its long exhaustive hearings and, if America is lucky, the clock on this presidency will run out. What's good for the Democrats is good for Republicans, too. Pro- tect the Constitution and it protects us, too. No END Quality Printing for all your Commercial and Personal Needs -- COMPETITIVE PRICES-- LEGAL NOTICE LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI16PO579EA Estate of KENNETH LEE BAHE Date of Death May 25, 2005 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Loucenda Babe of Pinon, AZ. 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