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See 'Italian Job' in Little Italy; remember John Pente

Do you want to see an action movie with a crackerjack cast, a keen sense of scale, voluptuous locations and a ready wit? Check out the 2003 version of "The Italian Job" when it plays tonight at the Little Italy Open Air Film Festival. The talented ensemble -- including Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton, Mos Def and Charlize Theron -- is full of personality. (That's Wahlberg and Theron in a calm moment, above.) But this movie's nifty vehicles nearly race away with the show: high-speed motorboats zooming through Venice and a string of Mini Coopers zipping through Los Angeles streets, alleyways and subway tunnels. The film even has a bracing sequence in the Italian Alps to keep your mind off the heat.

If you go see it tonight at High and Stiles Streets at 9 (live music starts at 7), think of John Pente, the community mainstay who made the Little Italy festival possible a dozen years ago when he allowed its films to be projected from a third-floor bedroom in his house. Each year he put in writing his wish for the festival to continue no matter what happened to him. And so it does after his death, at 100, on July 26. To read more about Pente, click here.

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