Cinema Lanzafame

Fall 2009 Film Series
at   the
Casa Italiana,
Nazareth College of Rochester, NY

The Fall 2009 Film Series will consist of a variety of fine music-centered films shown Sunday afternoons at 4:00 PM in the Casa Italiana. The third presentation, Renzo Arbore's 2005 Concert in Piazza del Popolo in Rome, will be shown in room A14 of the Nazareth Art Center directly across from the Casa.

We have added a film at the Italian American Community Center (IACC) on Friday evening, Nov. 6, 2009 at 7:00 P.M.

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


Casa is the lounge on the ground floor of the Casa Italiana at Nazareth College.

A14 is an auditorium on the ground floor of the Nazareth College Art Center -- across the parking lot from the Casa Italiana

IACC, the Italian American Community Center, 150 Frank DiMino Way [ formerly Marconi Blvd.] 14624
   [Off Manitou Road, 0.4 miles North of Buffalo Road between Buffalo Rd. (Route 33) and Route 531 ]

Following the table of dates, times, and titles of the Fall Films a brief description of each film is provided here , or just click the title of interest in the table.

Title Duration Director English Subtitles
Sep. 27 4:00 pm
Melodie Eterne
[The Life of Mozart in His Eternal Melodies]
103 min. Carmine Gallone Italian with English subtitles
Oct. 11 4:00 pm
Farinelli: il Castrato     [Farinelli] 111 min. Gerard Corbiau Italian and French with English subtitles
Oct. 25 4:00 pm
Renzo Arbore - Finalmente Live
[Finally Live]
121 min. Renzo Arbore Italian / Neapolitan Music with
Nov. 6 7:00 pm
I Soliti Ignoti [Big Deal on Madonna Street]   106 min. Mario Monicelli Italian with English subtitles
Nov. 8 4:00 pm
Rossini   95 min. Mario Bonnard Italian with English subtitles
Nov. 22 4:00 pm
Allegro Non Troppo   85 min. Bruno Bozzetto Italian with English subtitles
Dec. 6 4:00 pm
Pizzicata   95 min. Eduardo Winspeare Italian with English subtitles

Melodie Eterne
Melodie Eterne

Melodie Eterne    [The Life of Mozart in His Eternal Melodies]   1940  
Directed by Carmine Gallone

Sunday, September 27, 2009 at 4:00 PM
In Italian   with English subtitles   (103 min.)

Eternal Melodies is a biography of Mozart starring Gino Cervi as Mozart and directed by opera film specialist Carmine Gallone. This film starts with the discovery of Mozart's first composition by his father, followed by the introduction of young Mozart to the imperial family of Austria. The plot is devoted to Mozart's relationship with the Weber sisters as the film follows him from early years to great success. The film ends with his death bed composition of the Requiem. Similar in some respects to the 1984 film Amadeus, this black and white film is a more focused biography with considerably less fictional embellishment such as the relationship between Mozart and Salieri.

Additional information on Melodie Eterne may be found here .

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Farinelli: il Castrato [Farinelli]   (1994)
Directed by Gerard Corbiau

Sunday October 11, 2009 at 4:00 P.M.  
In Italian and French with English subtitles   (111 min.)

This is the story of Carlo Broschi (1705-82), known as Farinelli, who was the most famous Castrato of his age. Together with his composer brother Riccardo, the two traveled Europe with Carlo singing the compositions of Riccardo. Women would swoon over the beauty and power of his voice, and the brothers would share the conquest. An interesting aspect of the film is the long-running feud between Riccardo and Handel who once told him, "Without your brother, you are nothing but silence"). Carlo's powerfully beautiful voice is a computer synchronized blend of countertenor, Derek Lee Ragin, and Polish mezzo-soprano, Godlewska. The film contains Italian and French dialogue and won a Golden Globe as Best Foreign Language Film of 1994. This exceptionally beautiful film is rated R for depiction of adult themes and sexuality.

Additional information on Farinelli may be found here .

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Arbore  Live
Arbore Live

Renzo Arbore - Finalmente Live
[Finally Live]
Directed by Renzo Arbore

Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 4:00 P.M.
Italian / Neapolitan Music with NO English subtitles   (121 min.)

The night of June 28, 2005, Renzo Arbore and L'Orchestra Italiana performed a magnificent concert in Piazza del Popolo, Roma, before 150,000 people. We will enjoy most of this 151 min. concert with those who were in attendance as Arbore presented a collection of Neapolitan and Roman favorites including Luna Rossa, Voce 'E Notte, Dicitencello Vuje, Malafemmena, Comme Facette Mammeta, 'O Surdato 'Nnammurato, Tanto Pe' Canta', and Reginella. It is quite an experience to watch the audience of all ages singing along with L'Orchestra Italiana composed of 16 of the best multi-talented musicians playing popular Italian music today. Arbore's style is a delightful blend of Classic Neapolitan Folk with elements of Latin and Jazz. This will be shown in Room A14 of the Nazareth Art Center, directly opposite the Casa Italiana.

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I Soliti Ignoti
I Soliti Ignoti

I Soliti Ignoti   (1958) 
Directed by Mario Monicelli

Friday November 6, 2009 at 7:00 P.M.
In Italian with English subtitles   (106 min.)
at the Italian American Community Center   [IACC ]

I Soliti Ignoti [The Usual Unknowns/Suspects OR Big Deal on Madonna Street] is Mario Monicelli's classic crime comedy featuring Vittorio Gassman, Claudia Cardinale, Marcello Mastroianni, and Totò who portray the futile attempts by a group of incompetent thieves to commit a robbery; a hilarious parody of the typical American gangster film, the work concludes not with the traditional gun battle or wild escape and car chase but with a bitter-sweet conversation among the would-be robbers over plates of pasta e fagioli. Monicelli thus achieves a brilliant reversal of the generic expectations usually associated with the gangster film and establishes a pattern which will become typical of the commedia all'italiana's protagonists. (taken from Peter Bondanella's outstanding book, "Italian Cinema from Neorealism to the Present", 3rd edition, pp. 142-146, 2001.)

Additional information on I Soliti Ignoti may be found here .

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Rossini   (1942) 
Directed by Mario Bonnard

Sunday November 8, 2009 at 4:00 P.M.
In Italian with English subtitles   (95 min.)

"Rossini" is an appealing biography of the great operatic composer, marked by a vivacious sense of comedy and spitfire vocal passages. The film is set in 1815 through 1829, the early years of his success throughout Europe. Rossini was played by Nino Besozzi, a prolific performer in Italian fascist cinema, who does a creditable job, particularly with the film's many lighter moments. Contributing to the pleasure of the film is the large number of excerpts from his many works including "The Barber of Seville" (the story of its premiere and the partisans who tried to interfere with its performance). Some of the best moments are provided by Armando Falconi as bubbly enthusiast King Ferdinand I of Naples and Camillo Pilotto as the impresario. The bass Tancredi Passero does a fabulous rendition of the "La Calunnia" from "Barber". Particularly touching is the melancholy encounter between the roaringly successful Rossini and the now deaf Beethoven in which the German composer rues his fate while praising the Italian's comic gift. It is a powerful and mysteriously haunting sequence. (by G. DeLuca)

Additional information on Rossini may be found here .

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Allegro Non Troppo
Allegro Non Troppo

Allegro Non Troppo    (1976)  
Directed by Bruno Bozzetto

Sunday November 22, 2009 at 4:00 P.M.
In Italian with English subtitles   (85 min.)

"Allegro Non Troppo" is an Italian parody of Disney's Fantasia, featuring a unique orchestra (filmed in black and white), a slave animator (the Italian comedian Maurizio Nichetti) and an angry director. The live action part is filled with humor, relying mostly on visual gags and on the exceptional mimicry of Nichetti. This movie is a masterpiece, showing the best work of Italian animators. Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun presents the sad story of an aging satyr. Ravel's Bolero is used for a fascinating piece on the origin of life on earth. The story of evolution from lowest forms to complex ones is seen as a violent tale of survival, as obsessive as Ravel's music. Another fine piece is the incredibly sad Sibelius' Valse Triste, about a cat remembering his better days. Other animated pieces include the Concerto in C Minor by Vivaldi, Dvorak's Slavonic dance, and Stravinsky's Firebird. "Allegro Non Troppo" is imaginative, mature, and technically impressive. This is animation at its best.

Additional information on Allegro Non Troppo may be found here .

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Pizzicata    (1996)  
Directed by Eduardo Winspeare

Sunday December 6, 2009 at 4:00 P.M.
In Italian with English subtitles     (95 min.)

This film is beautifully photographed in the Salento region of southern Puglia with groves of majestic olive trees. It shows a peasant agrarian life as a family hides an Italo-American pilot shot down in 1943. The pilot speaks the native dialect and hides himself as a cousin. He falls in love with one of the three girls in the home. Aside from the photography, the music anthology of local folk songs and instrumental music is excellent. The director took great pains to maintain the authenticity of local dialect, music, expressions, farming methods, social structures, and costumes. He has included a number of regional dances: the pizzica, a sensual dance of courtship in which men and women gesture seductively, but never touch; the pizzica scherma in which two men confront each other in a danced duel; and the tarantata, a frenzied dance of loss and grief performed in the square in front of St. Paul's Church. The tarantata has its origins in women (tarantolati) who are said to have been bitten by a tarantula. The poison from the bite is eliminated by dancing, sometimes for hours or even days.

Additional information on Pizzicata may be found here .

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