Pixar’s ‘Luca’ invites you to summer in the Italian Riviera

When filmmaker Enrico Casarosa left Italy for New York more than two decades ago, all he wanted to do was assimilate. He wanted to sound American. He wanted to order lattes like an American. He was, he said, “Very shy about showing my Italian identity.”

And yet, like so many artists before him, the Genoa-born director has been continually drawn to and inspired by his home country. As an adult living an ocean away, he developed a newfound passion for the art, the literature and the cinema from the place he left behind. Both his Oscar-nominated short . . .

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