(ANSA) - Rome, March 3 - Some of Italy's cinema elite used
the country's win at the Oscars to take aim at the government
for not investing more in arts and culture on Monday.
"The victory of an Italian film at the Oscars should make
the government reflect on the almost nothing dedicated to
culture," tweeted actor and filmmaker Alessandro Gassman, son of
Italian actor Vittorio Gassman.
A co-production of Italian Medusa Film, Indigo Film and
the French Babe Films, Paolo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty
brought home the Academy Award for best foreign film on Sunday.
Public spending on arts and culture has dwindled in Italy
in recent years, with only Greece devoting a smaller percentage
of its national budget to the arts out of the entire European
"Tomorrow I want an invitation to (the presidential palace)
for a party in honor of Sorrentino. If they don't give a s***
this time either I'll let them have it," tweeted Giovanni
Veronesi, a filmmaker and actor. "Italian art and culture are
once again on top of the world...What a pleasure".