Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center


Villani, Antonello

Title/s:  Adjunct Professor



Tony Villani is an award-winning independent and freelance writer/producer/director working in both Los Angeles and Rome. His films Susan & Thomas, from a Susan Sontag essay, and A Ticket to Hollywood: Europeans in Los Angeles 1925-56 have been honored by numerous festivals in the U.S. and Canada. Earlier works on Marilyn Monroe, Frank Capra, and Rita Hayworth were distributed by the A&E Network Biography series. Roman Kosher was selected by the LA Jewish Film Festival while still in progress. He has just completed Soldiers: Six Stories, Six Wars. He has written and staged a multilingual play, Welcome to Hollywood, and has occasionally worked as an actor. He has presented papers in both the U.S. and Europe and been quoted in publications including Los Angeles Times, ABC News, The Guardian, and the BBC. His essay “LA Dark. Rough Sunshine” will be published by Mimesis this fall. He has exhibited his photography in Los Angeles and Rome.


MA, American Studies, Claremont Graduate University

MA, History and Fine Arts, Claremont Graduate University

Laurea, Modern Languages and Literature, Sapienza University of Rome

Research Interests


Film history

Film and society

Los Angeles history

Urban history

American intellectual and cultural history