Film review – Palazzo Di Cozzo (2021)

Palazzo Di Cozzo

For many generations of Melbournians, the Italian Australian furniture salesman and television personality Franco Cozzo was an iconic figure. Whether it was through seeing his ubiquitous television advertisements, walking past one of his showrooms filled with distinctive furniture or hearing about the scandals and rumours that affected his family, Cozzo was part of 1970s and 1980s popular culture. It is hard to believe that it has taken until now for his life, career and legacy to be the subject of a feature documentary film, but it has finally happened thanks to writer/director Madeleine Martiniello, resulting in a captivating film that by telling Cozzo’s story is able to tell a broader story about the history of Italian migrants in Australia.

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