Director: Shannon Swan & Angelo Pricolo
Starring: Anthony LaPaglia, Mick Gatto
Si Parla Italiano, translates to "Yes we speak Italian" and 50 years later they are still speaking Italian, but that's just because English still eludes them. The wogs of Melbourne are claiming a few first's here, in this nice little documentary of Australia's first Little Italy based around Lygon Steet in Carlton. I'm sure Norton St in Sydney will have something to say about that.
Anthony LaPaglia narrates the history of Lygon Street from the first arrivals back in the 1950's to the hustling and bustling cosmopolitan street of today. We are shown the influences that the Italian people and shops had on the area, that would eventually turn it into our very own Little Italy.
"Italians speak with their hands, but they shout through their stomachs" - and it's through food and coffee that this town was built. Food helped win over the Aussies (eventually) and showed them that these invading Dago's wouldn't lower their standard of living, but in fact enrich it.
The documentary features the original shop owners and their heirs talking about the old days, and it wouldn't be Italian if they didn't also touch on the colorful characters that roamed the underbelly of the street. Bada Bing... ROB
Lygon Street: Si parla Italiano (2013)
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