Fall 2005 Film Series
at   the
Casa Italiana,
Nazareth College of Rochester, NY


The Fall 2005 Film Series will include films from director and award winner Giuseppe Tornatore to coincide with the Mancini Lecture, given by Tornatore, and a pair of lectures on Tornatore and his films by Maria Rosaria Vitti-Alexander. All films will be Sunday afternoons at 4:00 PM in the Casa Italiana. Sunday's lectures will be at 3:00 PM.

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  ( The Mancini Lecture is Saturday Evening )

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

Date Time Title Duration Director Language
Oct. 2 4:00 PM L’uomo delle stelle [The Star Maker] 107 min. Giuseppe Tornatore Italian with English subtitles
Oct. 9 3:00 PM Tornatore Lecture Series: Pirandello’s Influence on Tornatore Films   Dr. Maria Rosaria Vitti-Alexander English  
Oct. 16 4:00 PM Malèna 88 min. Giuseppe Tornatore Italian with English subtitles
Oct. 23 3:00 PM Tornatore Lecture Series: Sicily Through the Eyes of Pirandello and Tornatore   Dr. Maria Rosaria Vitti-Alexander English  
Oct. 30 4:00 PM Cinema Paradiso 174 min. Giuseppe Tornatore Italian with English Subtitles
Nov. 12 7:00 PM POSTPONED UNTIL FEBRUARY 2006
2005 Mancini Lecture given by Giuseppe Tornatore
  Giuseppe Tornatore English
Nov. 13 4:00 PM Stanno Tutti Bene [ Everybody's Fine ] 115 min. Giuseppe Tornatore Italian with English subtitles
Nov. 27 4:00 PM Leggenda del pianista sull'oceano [ The Legend of 1900 ] 121 min. Giuseppe Tornatore Italian with English subtitles



  
L'Uomo Delle Stelle
L'Uomo Delle Stelle


  
L'Uomo Delle Stelle
[The Star Maker]
  (1995)  
Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore


Sunday, October 2, 2005 at 4:00 PM
In Italian with English subtitles   (107 min.)

Sergio Castellitto plays Joe Morelli, a hustler posing as a talent scout from Rome who in 1953 visits small Sicilian towns and sells dreams of fame and fortune for 1500 lire per person. The mostly illiterate men, women, and children have trouble memorizing the lines he gives them from Gone with the Wind so they speak from their hearts about their families and their personal adventures in love, war, and politics. Beata (Tiziana Lodato), a voluptuous young orphan, almost penetrates Joe's cynical veneer with her love but doesn't quite succeed. A policeman finally shatters his scam, condemning him for violating the confessions of those who went before his camera. After two years in prison, Joe sees the light and sets out to start life afresh with Beata. This bittersweet tale of redemption conveys the power of cinema and the soulful dimensions of honest storytelling. (From the Review by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat http://www.spiritualityhealth.com/newsh/items/moviereview/item_9927.html)

Additional information on L'Uomo Delle Stelle may be found here .


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Malèna
Malèna


  
Malèna   (2000)
Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore


Sunday October 16, 2005 at 4:00 PM  
In Italian with English subtitles   (88 min.)

Malena opens in 1940 as Mussolini declares war on England and France; a Fascist blackshirt is bellowing in the narrow streets of a Sicilian town to the residents to listen for Il Duce’s announcement. For 12-year-old Renato it’s the day he gets his very own bicycle, and the day he first sees Malena.

Malena is the wife of a soldier fighting in North Africa for the greater glory of Mussolini’s New Roman Empire. As she strolls through the town, Malena gazes ahead with an expression of serene composure, seemingly oblivious to the heads turning in her wake. Renato and his pals gaze with inchoate hormonal longing, the men with awe-struck hopelessness. As for the women of the town, they glare sidelong at Malena with hostile suspicion; any woman that beautiful and sure of herself must be up to no good.

Word comes that Malena’s husband has been killed in Africa, and with the news Malena’s life takes a turn for the worse. First comes the increased resentment of the townswomen; complacently waiting for the slut in her to assert herself.

In a sense, Malena becomes a metaphor for Italy itself, from the early euphoria over Axis success as Mussolini hitched his wagon to Hitler’s star, through the inevitable turnaround to the bitterness and recrimination of defeat. Malena seems less important than the reactions of the people around her. As American soldiers march into the town, the local women’s envy and resentment of Malena boils over. (From the Review by Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review. www.rottentomatoes.com)

Additional information on Malèna may be found here .


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CinemaParadiso
Cinema Paradiso


  
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso   (1989)  
Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore


Sunday, October 30, 2005 at 4:00 PM
In Italian   with English subtitles   (174 min.)
In the Casa Italiana

This is a very beautiful film and winner of a large number of awards, including Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film, and a number of British Academy Awards including Best Actor, Screenplay, and Musical Score. A famous film director returns home to a Sicilian village for the first time after almost 30 years. He reminisces about his childhood (Salvatore Cascio, best supporting actor) at the Cinema Paradiso where Alfredo (Philippe Noiret), the projectionist, first brought about his love of films.

Note, this is the fully restored, digitally remastered version as Tornatore intended and includes 51 minutes of footage not previously seen in the US. Those who have seen the cut version will find this a rather different film.

Additional information on Cinema Paradiso may be found here .


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Stanno Tutti Bene
Stanno Tutti Bene


  
Stanno Tutti Bene [Everybody's Fine]   (1995) 
Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore


Sunday November 13, 2005 at 4:00 PM
In Italian with English subtitles   (115 min.)

A bittersweet tale of family love and family secrets, EVERYBODY'S FINE stars Marcello Mastroianni as Matteo Scuro, a retired Sicilian bureaucrat who has seen his friends and his own children leave his island for success on the Italian mainland. Determined to have a family reunion, he decides to travel to the mainland to surprise his five children. His journey takes him to the vast cities of modern Italy, where he is forced to face a chaotic and anxious modern way of life.

Matteo is consistently struck by his own children's need to hide their pain and troubles from him, but ultimately, at their family reunion in Rome, Matteo discovers that his children are hiding a wrenching family secret. This beautifully filmed slice of modern Italian life is a poignant portrait of a father's unrealized dreams for his children. Mastroianni is delightful as the keenly observant yet traditional father of five children, named after his most beloved operas. This is truly an Italian homage to life, family, and operatic moments of tragedy and self-realization. ( From the review at www.rottentomatoes.com )

Additional information on Stanno Tutti Bene may be found here .


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Leggenda del Pianista sull'Oceano
Leggenda del Pianista sull'Oceano


  
Leggenda del Pianista sull'Oceano 
[The Legend of 1900]
   (1998)  
Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore


Sunday November 27, 2005 at 4:00 PM
In Italian with English subtitles   (121 min.)

Giuseppe Tornatore has adapted Alessandro Baricco's philosophical fable about modernity as his first English language production. An orphan baby abandoned on a transatlantic steamer, is raised on the ship by an engine room stoker who calls him "1900." The young boy grows up watching immigrants from Europe rejoice at the first sight of the Statue of Liberty. 1900 eventually discovers his talent as a virtuoso pianist and entertains guests on the ship with his jazz compositions.

Later, Max, a vagabond trumpet player, who was 1900's best friend for many years, comes across the musician's one-and-only record in a pawnshop in England. He regales the owner of the store with an account of 1900's piano duel with Jelly Roll Morton, the African-American who invented jazz. Max also remembers a beautiful young woman who inspired the lyrical compositions on his record.

This philosophical fable uses the pastiche personality of 1900 as a symbol for the twentieth century loss of self. His life is lived out as a series of incoherent posturings and fragmented relationships. With no sense of a secure identity, 1900 is unwilling to venture out into a world beyond the ship. He is a lost and lonely soul without any place to really call home. (From the Review by Frederic Brussat http://www.spiritualityhealth.com/newsh/items/moviereview/item_1904.html)

The film has won a number of awards and David di Donatello's including Giuseppe Tornatore for Best Director, Ennio Morricone for Best Music, and Lajos Koltai for Best Cinematography

Additional information on Leggenda del Pianista sull'Oceano may be found here .


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