Welcome! Benvenuti!

This site was created to share the film my grandfather, Carmine E. Cornelio, had taken in 1948 in Winsted Connecticut.  His intention was to create a film to take back to his hometown in Sicily with a dual purpose: to allow people there to once again see the faces of their relatives, and also to show them the successful life of the “American Dream.”

The idea of having a film specifically made to bring back to Italy to tell a story is enough to make this film novel and compelling. But it is the local character of the film that gives it such “cuore,” such a heart.

Our hope is that the faces of the people and the places in this small town with a large population of Italian immigrants will speak to you across time in this newly edited version. While it is a local story, the experience that it embodies is common to many of those who came through Ellis Island to the United States in search of a better life. This film is offered as a small tribute to them.

Read about the Winsted premiere here!




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3 responses to “Welcome! Benvenuti!

  1. Thanks Luigi! Spent the evening watching the clips! In the words of Paolo Conte, “its wondeful!” thanks

    PS: Posted your site at http://www.voceitaliana.com/

  2. jack gaffney

    my grandparents, both came from Floridia, Sicily. there names were gaetano, and anna Bascetta, maiden name Pavano.I believe I see him in front of J Bascetta and son market, man on right with cigarette in his hand. This is the year after my grandmother passed away at age 49.My mother was a bascetta and she had eight sisters, all of which are still alive in there eighties and nineties. my grandparents lived in new britain, then bought a house in port chester ny. in the early forties. I can remember as a child driving up to winsted to visit my mothers relatives, but for some reason we stopped, and i forgot all about winsted . Gaetano Bascetta died in 1978, at age 84. He was a tough , tough man but i idolized

  3. seo

    Hurrah! In the end I got a weblog from where I be able to
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