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Al Martino – “Spanish Eyes” 1965 International Hit Song

Al Martino 1965 “Spanish Eyes” * Al Martino (born Jasper Cini; October 7, 1927 – October 13, 2009) was an American singer and actor. He had his greatest success as a singer between the early 1950s and mid-1970s, being described as “one of the great Italian American pop crooners“, and also became well known as an actor, particularly for his role as singer Johnny […]

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The “True” Italian American Documentary – Part One – “Dispelling the Myth”

The “True” Italian American Documentary  Part One  “Dispelling the Myth”    * The culture the Italian immigrants brought with them was generally not the high Italian culture of Dante and Michelangelo, but the culture of the region or village from which they came. These individual but related cultures established the basis of contemporary Italian American culture.   A University of […]

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Rocky Marciano Interview (Part 3) – with Nat King Cole & Jimmy Durante 1961

Rocky Marciano Interview (Part 3) – with Nat King Cole & Jimmy Durante 1961 * This is rare footage of an interview with Rocky Marciano. His guests that day included Nat King Cole and Jimmy Durante. This is a very interesting piece of film from back in the day. Three gentlemen just talking to each […]

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The Godfather – Diane Keaton spills a secret about the making of the Godfather

The Godfather Diane Keaton spills a secret about the making of the Godfather * The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy, based on Mario Puzo‘s best-selling novel of the same name. It stars Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as the leaders of a fictional New York crime family. The story, spanning 1945 to 1955, chronicles […]

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Coppola’s Notebook on ‘The Godfather’

~ The Godfather ~   Francis Coppola explains how he adapted the original novel by Mario Puzo. Coppola shows (for the first time) his original “prompt book” containing all of his notes and observations that would be used to plan the screenplay and production design of the now classic film. An intimate look inside the […]

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Rocky – Singing by the Fire Barrel

Rocky Singing by the Fire Barrel  * Few people know that Sly Stallone’s younger brother Frank wrote and performed the song, “Take You Back” with his band Valentine in Rocky II. In this memorable clip Frank and the group appeared as a bunch of South Philly street guys singing around a barrel fire.   Singing around the […]

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Godfather III – Robert Duvall talks Candidly about Godfather III

Godfather III Robert Duvall In  this interview Robert Duvall talks about why he (as Tom Hagen) didn’t do the movie. * Robert Duvall talks to Bob Costa about Godfather III and his reasons for not doing the movie.  Most of us feel that Godfather III was just not that good and certainly not of the […]

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Danny Aiello – I Only Know who I am When I’m Somebody Else – Great Interview

Danny Aiello – I Only Know who I am When I’m Somebody Else – Great Interview  * Danny Aiello, the fifth of six children, was born on West 68th Street, Manhattan, the son of Italian American parents Frances (née Pietrocova), a seamstress who was a native of Naples, Italy, and Daniel Louis Aiello, Sr., a […]

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