Fall 2004 Film Series
at   the
Casa Italiana,
Nazareth College of Rochester, NY


The Fall 2004 Film Series will consist of a variety of films which continue our examination of Italian Life and Culture.

Francesco Rosi, the director of two of our films, has said that "cinema bears witness to, and is a mirror of, the society and reality which produce it."

Join us as we take another look into this mirror 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

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
Sep. 19 Tre Fratelli
(Three Brothers)
Francesco Rosi Italian with subtitles
Oct. 3 Il Piccolo Mondo di Don Camillo
(The Little World of Don Camillo)
Julien Duvivier Italian with subtitles
Oct. 17 Il Viaggio di Capitan Fracassa
(The Voyage of Captain Fracassa)
Ettore Scola Italian with No Subtitles
Oct. 31 La Notte di San Lorenzo
(The Night of the Shooting Stars)
Paolo & Vittorio Taviani Italian with subtitles
Nov. 14 Pane, Amore e Fantasia
(Bread, Love and Dreams)
Luigi Comencini Italian with No Subtitles
Nov. 28 Salvatore Giuliano Francesco Rosi Italian with Subtitles
Dec. 12 Natale In Casa Cupiello
Christmas at the Cupiello's
Eduardo De Filippo Neapolitan with No Subtitles


  
Tre Fratelli
Tre Fratelli


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


Sunday, September 19, 2004 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 .

Additional information on Tre Fratelli may be found here .


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Don Camillo
Il Piccolo Mondo di Don Camillo


  
Il Piccolo Mondo di Don Camillo (The Little World of Don Camillo)   (1952)
Directed by Julien Duvivier


Sunday October 3, 2004 at 4:00 P.M.  
In Italian with English subtitles   (107 min.)

Giovanni Guareschi's Don Camillo series made him a most popular writer. Guareschi depicted a small village by the River Po, where a strong parish priest, Don Camillo, and a Communist mayor, Peppone, have opposite views in all possible social, political, and moral issues. Don Camillo has frequent conversations with Jesus who is forced to control Don Camillo's combative instincts. Despite the rivalry, this charming comedy has a warm chemistry between Don Camillo, played by Fernandel, and Pepone, played by Gino Cervi.

Additional information on Don Camillo may be found here .


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Il Viaggio di Capitan Fracassa
Il Viaggio di Capitan Fracassa


  
Il Viaggio di Capitan Fracassa
(The Voyage of Captain Fracassa)
  (1991)  
Directed by Ettore Scola


Sunday October 17, 2004 at 4:00 P.M.  
In Italian with no subtitles   (132 min.)

This romantic comedy is based on a French novel by Théophile Gautier and set in the early 17th century about an impoverished young aristocrat who falls in with a troupe of traveling actors. The cast is outstanding with Massimo Troisi's moving blend of naïveté and wisdom as the classical fool, Pulcinella, and Vincent Perez' impressive transformation as the insecure Baron de Sigognac, who becomes a lover and a performer of the theater. This is an exceptionally beautiful and entertaining film.

Additional information on Il Viaggio di Capitan Fracassa may be found here .


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La Notte di San Lorenzo
La Notte di San Lorenzo


  
La Notte di San Lorenzo 
(The Night of the Shooting Stars)
(1982)  
Directed by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani


Sunday October 31, 2004 at 4:00 P.M.
In Italian with English subtitles   (105 min.)

This true story from WWII is told through the eyes of a young child. It focuses not on combat, but on the life-changing effects of war on the residents of a small village. It tells of a Nazi atrocity and the surrounding events which terminate in Allied liberation. The Nazis have mined houses throughout the town and have warned the citizens to gather in the local cathedral to escape destruction. Distrusting the Nazis, one group leaves the town in search of the American army. Those who leave undertake a journey that ends in bloody combat between partisans and Black Shirts in a wheat field near the banks of the Arno. This small but disturbing encounter with Italians killing Italians takes place between the retreating German Army and the advancing American Army.

Additional information on La Notte di San Lorenzo may be found here .


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Pane, Amore e Fantasia
Pane, Amore e Fantasia


  
Pane, Amore e Fantasia
(Bread, Love and Fantasy)
  (1953) 
Directed by Luigi Comencini


Sunday November 14, 2004 at 4:00 P.M.
IIn Italian with no subtitles   (87 min.)

This classic comedy tells of two courtships whose intertwining and parallelisms conclude in happy endings. In the first, middle-aged Marshal Carotenuto (finely portrayed by Vittorio De Sica) seeks the favors of Annarella, the municipal midwife. Carotenuto is neither immune to her charms nor indifferent to her mystery. Carotenuto's love (and honesty about his own amorous wanderings) is such that he proposes marriage despite her tainted past. The second courtship involves a young carabiniere serving under Carotenuto. He seeks the hand of La Bersagliera, the poorest and most beautiful maiden in the town (played most energetically by Gina Lollobrigida). In love with La Bersagliera, he has been unable to pursue her because of the carabinieri's prohibition against romancing the women of a town.

Additional information on Pane, Amore e Fantasia may be found here .


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Salvatore Giuliano
Salvatore Giuliano


  
Salvatore Giuliano 
(1961)  
Directed by Francesco Rosi


Sunday November 28, 2004 at 4:00 P.M.
In Italian with English subtitles   (123 min.)

On July 5, 1950, the body of bandit Salvatore Giuliano is found in an alley. Giuliano had been a leader of a separatist movement formed after allied forces released control of Italy back to Rome following World War II. The official version of the killing was that Giuliano was gunned down in a shoot-out with carabinieri trying to arrest him for his involvement in the massacre of communists celebrating May Day at Portella della Ginestra in 1947.

This film gave Rosi international recognition for his unique style of film making. The film is less about who killed the Sicilian bandit than the collusion between the government, the military, and the Mafia in the postwar struggle for control of Sicily.

Additional information on Salvatore Giuliano may be found here .




  
Natale In Casa Cupiello
Natale In Casa Cupiello
  
Natale In Casa Cupiello
(Christmas at the Cupiello's)
  (1977)  

Directed by Eduardo De Filippo


Sunday December 12, 2004 at 4:00 P.M.  
In Neapolitan with no subtitles   (133 min.)


Written, directed, and starring Eduardo De Filippo, this charming comedy describes a few days in the life of the Cupiello family, set against the venerable Neapolitan symbol of Christmas, the Presepe, the home-made rendering of the Manger. This is the story of one man's determination to build his Presepe despite his family's many squabbles. None of the family can understand how an adult would put such effort into something as childish as a Presepe. Eduardo's specialty is blending the tragic and comic in the warmth of an extended family. In the relatively short time since it was first staged, Casa Cupiello has become a traditional Christmas favorite among Neapolitans.

Additional information on Natale In Casa Cupiello may be found here .





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