Fall 2003 Film Series
at   the
Casa Italiana,
Nazareth College of Rochester, NY


The Fall 2003 Film Series will consist of a series of films which examine Italian Family Life and Culture as influenced by regional, social, and class differences.

Join us for this series of Sunday afternoons at 4:00 PM in the Casa Italiana.

Following the table of dates, times, and titles of the Casa Italiana Fall Series a brief description of each film is provided here .


Casa Italiana of Nazareth College

Fall 2003 Film Series - Sunday afternoons at 4:00 PM

All films are free of charge, open to the public, and dedicated to an appreciation of Italian Language and Culture through Film.

Date Title Director English Subtitles
Oct. 26 La Terra Trema
(The Earth Trembles)
Luchino Visconti Sicilian With Subtitles
Nov. 9 Sedotta e Abbandonata
(Seduced and Abandoned)
Pietro Germi Italian With Subtitles
Nov. 16 La Famiglia (The Family) Ettore Scola Italian With Subtitles
Nov. 30 Rocco e i Suoi Fratelli
(Rocco and His Brothers)
Luchino Visconti Italian With Subtitles
Dec. 14 Tre Fratelli (Three Brothers) Francesco Rosi Italian With Subtitles


  
La Terra Trema
La Terra Trema


  
La Terra Trema
(The Earth Trembles)
  (1948)  
Directed by Luchino Visconti

Sunday, October 26, 2003 at 4:00 PM
In Sicilian with subtitles  (154 min.)

This powerful neorealist classic is based on Giovanni Verga's novel I Malavoglia (The House by the Medlar Tree). It tells the story of a family of poor Sicilian fisherman as they seek self-betterment and dignity in the face of poverty, hardship, and tragedy. The real-life Sicilian residents of Aci Trezza provide the entire cast and native dialect. Antonio rejects the traditional ways to seek betterment for himself and the family. While the family experiences love, laughter, friendship, community, and optimism, in the end, the family's attempts to oppose the harsh economic system fail and the pessimistic conclusion resembles a Greek tragedy.

A more detailed synopsis of La Terra Trema may be found here .

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Sedotta e Abbandonata
Sedotta e Abbandonata


  
Sedotta e Abbandonata (Seduced and Abandoned)   (1964)
Directed by Pietro Germi


Sunday, November 9, 2003 at 4:00 PM  
In Italian with English subtitles   (118 min.)

This film features the comedic writing talents of Agenore Incrocci and Furio Scarpelli. Germi's vignettes of Sicilian social customs in Divorzio all'Italiana (1961) and Sedotta e Abbandonata dissect the unwritten codes of behavior governing relationships between the sexes in that male-dominated, insular culture. Don Vincenzo, the father of four girls, struggles to salvage the family honor when one of them is seduced by a scoundrel and the hypocrite refuses to marry the girl, since she is no longer a virgin.

A more detailed synopsis of Sedotta e Abbandonata may be found here .

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La Famiglia
La Famiglia


  
La Famiglia (The Family)   (1987)  
Directed by Ettore Scola


Sunday, November 16, 2003 at 4:00 PM  
In Italian with English Subtitles   (120 min.)

This beautiful film was a winner of nine David di Donatello awards and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. It features the writing talents of Ettore Scola and Furio Scarpelli. The film traces events in the life of Carlo (Vittorio Gassman) who was born into a very large upper- middle- class Italian family and grew to become the family's patriarch. We follow Carlo from his christening in 1906 to his 80th birthday party.

The film explores his relationships with younger brother Giulio, with wife Beatrice (Stefania Sandrelli), and with her sister Adriana (Fanny Ardant), whom Carlo loved as a young man and with whom he remained infatuated. As he dresses for his 80th birthday and generations of family arrive to celebrate, he reflects upon his past life. The entire 80 years is beautifully filmed exclusively in the family's home. The dynamics of these years and the changing social mores are seen through the characters that come and go.

A more detailed synopsis of La Famiglia may be found here .

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Rocco e i Suoi Fratelli
Rocco e i Suoi Fratelli


  
Rocco e I Suoi Fratelli
(Rocco and His Brothers)
  (1960)  
Directed by Mario Camerini


Sunday, February 16, 2003 at 4:00 PM  
In Italian with English subtitles   (94 min.)

This film concentrates upon a clash of values between a traditional southern peasant family and its code of honor and family loyalty and a more individualistic, contemporary morality reflecting industrialization in northern Italy. Rosaria, matriarchal ruler of the Parondi clan arrives in Milan by train with her sons. Each of the five sons represents a possible response to the immigrant problems. While we tend be familiar with the problems of Italians moving to America early in the 20th century, a similar set of problems faced the southern Italian who moved north in search of economic opportunity in the 1960s.

A more detailed synopsis of Rocco e i Suoi Fratelli may be found here .

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Tre Fratelli
Tre Fratelli


  
Tre Fratelli
(Three Brothers)
  (1981)  
Directed by Francesco Rosi


Sunday, December 14, 2003 at 4:00 PM
In Italian with English subtitles   (113 min.)

This very beautiful film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Three brothers, who had emigrated from their hometown in Puglia to Naples, Rome, and Turin, are summoned for the funeral of their mother. Regional and class conflicts obviously manifest themselves in the relationships of the three brothers.

Donato, the father, is in a world completely different from that of his sons. A man of tremendous faith, he has no part of the Northern/Southern Italian class conflicts. By remaining at home, he has retained his values. While the brothers bicker, Donato and his young granddaughter, Marta, explore the rhythms of the farm and grieve together. She brings out her grandfather's character, so representative of traditional familial values.

A more detailed synopsis of Tre Fratelli may be found here .

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