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Harvey Weinstein, Asia Argento and the reactions in Italy

2017-10-15 • By

What happen to Asia Argento in Italy after she claimed she was raped by Harvey Weinstein.

Among the women involved in the sexual scandal of Harvey Weinstein, Asia Argento is the only Italian actress. She claimed she was harassed by the Hollywood producer at the age of 21 in a hotel room. But she did not get a lot of support and compassion in Italy.

The confession of Asia Argento is one of the worst stories featured by the articles of the New Yorker magazine and the New York Times about the Weinstein case.

Asia Argento claimed Weinstein invited her in a hotel room when she was 21 and he forced her to oral sex. Then she talks about a complicated relationship with him in the next years and about consesual sex episodes later. In some interviews she said she feared to have her carreer crushed and she talks about the shame and sense of guilt she felt.

In the scandal Henry Weinstein, Asia Argento claims caused hard reactions in Italy.

But not against the producer. She was accused it’s an attempt to boost her career: hey, you don’t wait 20 years to denounce a rape. They said that she exploited sex to have roles in movies, to be a liar and a prostitute.

A national newspaper title was, more or less: first they do it, than they whine and fake a regret.

Some days after the accuse to Weinstein, Asia Argento got the support on many female voices and a female journalist launched on twitter the hashtag #quallavoltache (#thattimewhen) inviting women to post harassment episodes they went through.

books, films, stories

The novel Suburra, a noir. My review.

2017-10-09 • By

DeMy review of the novel Suburra, a noir set in Rome, by Giancarlo De Cataldo and Carlo Bonini of 2013, the book that inspired the TV series on Netflix.

I read the novel Suburra immediately when it came out. It is a sequel, or better a spin-off of a previous book by De Cataldo, Romanzo Criminale, which I enjoyed a lot. I recommend both the book than the movie featuring a bunch of the most talented Italian actors.

novel suburra

Romanzo Criminale is set between the Seventies and the Eighties and it’s inspired by, not to say based on, the real Roman gang called “banda della Magliana” which was nearly powerful as mafia at that times.

Suburra takes place in Rome nowadays and talks about the dangerous intersections among crime, money and politics.

Places, stories

Leonardo da Vinci vineyard: reborn after an incredible story

2016-06-26 • By

Visit Leonardo da Vinci vineyard in Milan, incredibly still there after five centuries.


This story starts in a day of January, 1920.

A gentlemen is walking in the surroundings of Santa Maria delle Grazie church in Milan. He’s carrying a bag and looks into the the construction sites of the new district. Suddenly he looks excited, extracts from the bag a strange machine and points it towards the workers who are cutting the trees to liberate the ground for the new buildings.

The man is Luca Beltrami, the most important expert on Leonardo da Vinci. The strange equipment he’s got is a camera. Beltrami is searching for the lost da Vinci vineyard: Leonardo, while painting and projecting inventions, apparently also made wine. The scholar deduced the location of the vineyard from historical documents. In that cold day he finally finds it. Exactly where it is supposed to be.

Beltrami stops a while. He imagines Leonardo da Vinci visiting his vines after a day of work at the Last Supper, just a few meters away.

Leonardo came from a family of wine makers. He got the vineyard as a present from Ludovico il Moro, duke of Milan.

da Vinci vineyard

people, stories

My favourite 2015 Italian event: 1000 musicians playing Foo Fighters song

2015-12-30 • By

My favourite 2015 Italian event? It’s definetly the performance of one thousand Italian musician playing Foo Fighters “Learn to Fly”.

Approaching the year end me and my fellow bloggers were supposed to compile lists and more lists about the best things of 2015.
Considering the topic of this blog, my task is to find the best 2015 Italian event.

The truth is: I knew the winner. It’s this: