Cinema Lanzafame

Fall 2010 Film Series
at   the
Casa Italiana,
Nazareth College of Rochester, NY


The Fall 2010 Film Series consists of a variety of fine films shown Sunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. in the lounge of the Casa Italiana at Nazareth College.

Additional Films will be scheduled occasionally on Thursday Evenings at 7:00 p.m. at the IACC, the Italian American Community Center. When dates are known, they will be added to this web page.

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

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

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 ]


The Fall 2010 Films are listed in the following table and a brief description of each film is provided here , or
just click the title of interest in the table.


Date
Time
Location
Title Duration Director English Subtitles
Sep. 9 7:00 p.m.
IACC
Tre Fratelli [Three Brothers] 113 min. Francesco Rosi Italian with English subtitles
Sep. 26 3:00 p.m.
CASA
Giorni E Nuvole [Days & Clouds] 115 min. Silvio Soldini Italian with English subtitles
Oct. 10 3:00 p.m.
CASA
Taverna Rossa [Red Tavern] and
EXTRA   Alida Valli - Career and Interview
76 min.
61 min.
Max Neufeld Italian with NO English subtitles
Oct. 14 7:00 p.m.
IACC
La Notte di San Lorenzo [The Night of the Shooting Stars] 105 min. Paolo & Vittorio Taviani Italian with English subtitles
Oct. 24 3:00 p.m.
CASA
Il Cielo Cade [The Sky Is Falling] 93 min. Andrea & Antonio Frazzi Italian with English subtitles
Nov. 7 3:00 p.m.
CASA
Una Storia Qualunque 193 min. Alberto Simone Italian with NO English subtitles
Nov. 21 3:00 p.m.
CASA
La Sconosciuta [The Unknown Woman] 120 min. Giuseppe Tornatore Italian with English subtitles
Dec. 5 3:00 p.m.
CASA
Il Sorriso Di Mia Madre [My Mother's Smile] 102 min. Marco Bellocchio Italian with English subtitles
Dec. 16 7:00 p.m.
IACC
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso 173 min. Giuseppe Tornatore Italian with English subtitles



  
Tre Fratelli
Tre Fratelli


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


Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 7:00 PM   at the IACC
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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Giorni-Nuvole
Giorni E Nuvole


  
Giorni E Nuvole    (Days & Clouds)]   (2007)  
Directed by Silvio Soldini


Sunday September 26, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian   with English subtitles   (115 min.)

Set in Genoa, Margherita Buy is happily married, middle class with a daughter and successful husband. She devotes her time to art restoration. Hardship intervenes when her husband, Antonio Albanese, loses his position as partner in a firm and the couple is forced to downsize their life style. A lack of income and insecurity puts severe stress on their marriage. Soldini explores the adjustments forced on this comfortable, middle class couple.

Additional information on Giorni E Nuvole may be found here .


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Taverna Rossa
Taverna Rossa


  
Taverna Rossa (Red Tavern)   (1940)
Directed by Max Neufeld


Sunday October 10, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
Italian with NO English subtitles   (76 min.)

In this romantic comedy, Alida Valli plays a young woman who visits a night club where she is to meet with friends. She finds herself near the table of a young man, Andrè Mattoni, who finds her attractive. With her father's unexpected arrival, she cannot get away from the young man, and she uses him to escape notice by her father. To hide her actual identity, she tells him that she is the wife of a count, using a visitation card which she has by chance. The count is, in reality, the young man himself. He continues the ruse by taking her from the club to the count's (his) home. He pretends to be a thief in the home and induces her complicity in his thievery. The humorous ambiguities and misunderstandings become quite entangled until days later, when she finally discovers the truth. Irritated, she would like to punish him, but by this time love has blossomed.

EXTRA     Alida Valli - Career and Interview   (61 min.)

Born Alida Maria Laura von Altenburger in 1921 in Pola, Italy (now Croatia), she died in Rome in 2006. She received a special award at the 2007 Academy Awards. Her film career began at age 13 with a small part in The Three Cornered Hat (1934) and continued with a career spanning 68 years and over 130 film, having acted in Italian, German, English, French, and Spanish. Her films included Il Picolo Mondo Antico (1941) which attracted Hollywood where she acted in Hitchcock's Paradine (1947), Miracle of the Bells (1948), The Third Man (1949), Visconti's Senso (1953), and Novecento (1976). This documentary includes excerpts from a number of her films along with a 1982 interview.

Additional information on Taverna Rossa 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


Thursday October 14, 2010 at 7:00 PM   at the IACC
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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Il Cielo Cade
Il Cielo Cade


  
Il Cielo Cade (The Sky Is Falling)   (2000)  
Directed by Andrea & Antonio Frazzi


Sunday October 24, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian with English subtitles   (93 min.)

This film is adapted from Lorenza Mazzetti's acclaimed autobiographical novel and inspired by her experiences in WWII Tuscany. In 1944, newly-orphaned pre-teen sisters come to live in the Tuscan villa of their uncle (Jeroen Krabbe), a German-Jewish intellectual, and his wife, (Isabella Rossellini). The Christian girls become fond of their uncle and aunt. As war rages around them, the uncle is warned by the local priest to flee with his family. He refuses, putting the family at risk. As the family awaits the arrival of the British, they are caught unaware by the return of the Nazis.

Additional information on Il Cielo Cade may be found here .


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Una Storia Qualunque
Una Storia Qualunque


  
Una Storia Qualunque (An Ordinary Story)   (2002) 
Directed by Alberto Simone


Sunday November 7, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
Italian with NO English subtitles   (193 min.)

This is the exceptionally beautiful and heartwarming story of a man who leaves prison after 30 years for the homicide of his wife, which he did not commit. Michele (Nino Manfredi) finds himself alone in a city he no longer recognizes. He feels that prison is his only true home. Assisted by a young lawyer, Michele wants to find his children who were taken away when he was incarcerated. He manages to become the gardener in his children's home without being recognized. The film blends suspense with comedy, drama, and many heartwarming moments. Nino Manfredi dominates the screen with his subtle, beautiful performance His strongest acting is without a spoken word, advancing the plot using only his eyes. This is every bit as charming a film as Un Difetto di Famiglia (both directed by his son-in-law with casting by his daughter) which we showed Spring 2008. It is anything but "An Ordinary Story".

Additional information on Una Storia Qualunque may be found here .


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La Sconosciuta
La Sconosciuta


  
La Sconosciuta (The Unknown Woman)    (2006)  
Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore


Sunday November 21, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian with English subtitles   (120min.)

Filmed in Trieste, this suspenseful thriller concerns a young Ukrainian prostitute named Irina (Kseniya Rappoport) who was drawn into an international prostitution ring and brutalized by a man named Mold (Michele Placido). While rated R for some graphic nudity and sexuality, this is a brief initial portion of the film which serves to explain her origins. The film deals principally with a woman who is seeking to recover that which was taken from her by the pimps that victimized her. Beginning as a cleaning woman, she works her way into a family home, befriending the parents and becoming a trusted confidante to their daughter As her relationship with the family deepens, her motivation for getting so close become frighteningly clear. La Sconosciuta won a number of David di Donatello Awards including Best Actress (Kseniya Rappoport), Cinematography, Director, Best Film, and Best Music (Ennio Morricone).

Additional information on La Sconosciuta may be found here .


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Il Sorriso Di Mia Madre
Il Sorriso Di Mia Madre


  
Il Sorriso Di Mia Madre (My Mother's Smile)    (2000)  
Directed by Marco Bellocchio


Sunday December 5, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian with English subtitles     (102 min.)

Ernesto (Sergio Castellitto) is a successful artist and devout atheist who finds out that his mother, whom he despised, is being considered for sainthood. Ernesto's family is greedily campaigning for the canonization and clamoring to get him to participate in the process. His mentally unstable brother, Egidio, who will speak only to Ernesto, murdered their mother years earlier, and holds the key to her beatification. In the process, Ernesto meets the Cardinal and tells him that his mother was "stupid" and "had no passion". As he gets caught up in all the intrigue, Ernesto recognizes a connection to his hated mother that he cannot escape; he has the same mocking smile. Bellocchio's film was shown at the 2002 New York Film Festival, the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, and won a number of film awards.

Additional information on Il Sorriso Di Mia Madre may be found here .


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Nuovo Cinema Paradiso
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso


  
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso    (1988)  
Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore


Thursday December 16, 2010 at 7:00 PM   at the IACC
In Italian with English subtitles     (173 min.)

Cinema Paradiso is Giuseppe Tornatore's heartwarming, nostalgic look at one man's love affair with film, and the story of a very special friendship. As the film opens, Salvatore, a famous director, has just received news that an old friend has died. Before departing for the funeral, he reminisces about his childhood and adolescence. As a child, Salvatore loved movies and frequented a local theater called Cinema Paradiso. He developed a close friendship with the projectionist who offered advice on life, romance, and how to run a movie theater.

Once Salvatore grew into his teens, Cinema Paradiso shifts to a traditional coming-of-age drama. Salvatore falls for a girl named Elena. This film is sometimes funny, sometimes joyful, and sometimes poignant, but it's always warm, wonderful, and satisfying.

THE DIRECTOR'S CUT:
When Cinema Paradiso was released in the late 1980s, the Italian version was very much more complete than the American version with 51 minutes removed from the American release. The truncated edition is still a stunning, masterful production, but it leaves the audience with a nagging question: What really happened to Elena? The answer is provided in a 35-minute sequence that never made it into the American release. This restored "director's cut", is a full third act giving closure to Salvatore and Elena's story and providing a more complete picture of Salvatore's mentor. This footage enhances the film's poignance and power. For lovers of Cinema Paradiso, this restored version is unquestionably well worth seeing. The magic and poetry of the original remain, but the added scenes fashion a different, more complete cinematic experience. [This is excerpted from a fine review by James Berardinelli.    For the full review, click here ]

Additional information on Nuovo Cinema Paradiso may be found here .


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