At ItalyIndeed one of our aims is to promote the work and legacies of those people from our region of whom we are justly proud. When Italian cinema is mentioned, who springs to mind? Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Federico Fellini? All great names that as Italians make us all proud, (and Mastroianni of course was from our region and features in one of our earlier blog posts), but what about Vittorio de Sica? While Mastroianni smouldered in front of the cameras, de Sica was a master behind them. Indeed, it was under his guiding hand that Sophia Loren produced the performance in ‘La Ciociara’ that saw her become the first foreign language actor to win an Academy Award. De Sica himself, born in the town of Sora, (also the birthplace of Cicero and among our many Culture, History and Archaeology destinations), was a winner of four Academy Awards.