Cinema Lanzafame

Fall 2011 Film Series
at   the
Casa Italiana,
Nazareth College of Rochester, NY


The Fall 2011 Film Series consists of a variety of fine films focusing on Italian history and culture shown Sunday afternoons at 3:00 PM at Nazareth's Casa Italiana.

Additional Films may 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 2011 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. 15 7:00 p.m.
IACC
Finestra di Fronte
(Facing Windows)
106 min. Ferzan Ozpetek Italian with subtitles
Sep. 25 3:00 p.m.
CASA
La Siciliana Ribelle
[The Sicilian Girl Rebels]
113 min. Marco Amenta Italian with English subtitles
Oct. 9 2:40 p.m.  A14 Naz Art Center Il Cammino Della Speranza
[The Path of Hope]

20 min. Introduction at 2:40, Film at 3:00
118 min. Pietro Germi Italian with English subtitles
Oct. 18 7:00 p.m.
IACC
Prima Dammi Un Bacio
(Kiss Me First)
84 min. Ambrogio Lo Giudice Italian with subtitles
Oct. 23 3:00 p.m.
CASA
L'Ultimo Pulcinella
[The Last Pulcinella]
92 min. Maurizio Scaparro Italian with English subtitles
Nov. 6 3:00 p.m.
CASA
Il Piccolo Mondo Antico
[Tides of Change]
188 min. Cinzia Th. Torrini Italian with English subtitles
Nov. 15 7:00 p.m.
IACC
Il Mostro [The Monster] 112 min. Roberto Benigni Italian with English subtitles
Nov. 20 3:00 p.m.
CASA
In Nome Del Papa Re
[In the Name of the Pope King]
115 min. Luigi Magni Italian with English subtitles
Dec. 4 3:00 p.m.
CASA
Il Divo
[Giulio Andreotti]
110 min. Paolo Sorrentino Italian with English subtitles





  
La Finestra Di Fronte
La Finestra Di Fronte


  
La Finestra Di Fronte
(Facing Windows)
  (2003) 
Directed by Ferzan Ozpetek


Thursday September 15, 2011 at 7:00 P.M.
In Italian   with English subtitles   (106 min.)   At the IACC

Winner of 5 David di Donatello Awards including Best Film, this warm drama follows two threads which come together as a young woman (Giovanna Mezzogiorno), married with two children and a devoted husband (Filippo Nigro) becomes attracted to a young man (Raoul Bova) who lives across the courtyard in an apartment with a facing window. The second thread involves a senile gentleman (Massimo Girotti in his last film), who enters their lives and whom she takes in temporarily. As her divided affections become increasingly a challenge, she finds comfort and support as the old man teaches her about love, sacrifice, and pastry making, and she learns the secrets of his life in Rome during the Nazi occupation in 1943.

Additional information on La Finestra Di Fronte may be found here .


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La Siciliana Ribelle
La Siciliana Ribelle


  
La Siciliana Ribelle
(The Sicilian Girl Rebels]     (2009)

Directed by Marco Amenta


Sunday September 25, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian   with English subtitles   (113 min.)

This film is based on the true story of 17-year-old Rita Atria, indulged by her father until she witnesses his murder by rival mafiosi. She decides to seek revenge by carefully and secretly documenting Mafia activities in her small town. She brings the information to a sympathetic magistrate, Paolo Borsellino, who was dedicated to bringing down the Mafia. It is the first time that such a young woman from a Mafia family rebels and betrays the Mafia. Her life is never the same as she is marked for death by the same Mafia that murders judges Borsellino and Falcone for their anti-Mafia efforts. The airport at Palermo is named in honor of these dedicated magistrates.

Additional information on La Siciliana Ribelle may be found here .


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Speranza
Il Cammino Della Speranza


  
Il Cammino Della Speranza
(The Path of Hope)     (1950)

Directed by Pietro Germi


Sunday October 9, 2011 film at 3:00 p.m. In Italian with English subtitles Introduction at 2:40 p.m. In Italian with NO English subtitles Sunday October 9, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian with English subtitles   (98 min.)

Introduction at 2:40 p.m.    In Italian with NO English subtitles

The closing of the town's sulfur mine after WWII leaves Capodarso, Sicily without work. After a futile strike, many decide to emigrate to France in search of work. The heartbreak of leaving everything in search of a better life is thoughtfully portrayed in this fine film. Emigration is prohibited by law and the emigrants face many challenges including the police, discrimination in Northern Italy, and border guards to keep them from crossing.

A 20 min video from Italian television showing the emotional pain of emigration earlier in the 20th century will be shown as an introduction to the film. This has no subtitles, but is largely music and ends with a brief clip from the film.

Additional information on Il Cammino Della Speranza may be found here .


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Prima Dammi Un Bacio
Prima Dammi Un Bacio


  
Prima Dammi Un Bacio [ Kiss Me First ]   (2003) 
Written & Directed by Ambrogio Lo Giudice


Tuesday October 18, 2011 at 4:00 P.M. IACC
In Italian with English subtitles   (84 min.)

This is an exceptionally beautiful film about two people, marked by fate at birth in 1927 and delivered by their mothers at the same moment, a few inches from each other. As children, they exchange wedding vows and rubber rings; with the intervention of WWII, their lives separate, but continually intersect. The narrator is Loris, their slightly older friend who married them as children and becomes a priest, providing the link between them. They are two halves of the same soul, joined at birth and separated for nearly an entire lifetime. The hauntingly beautiful theme song by Lucio Dalla won a 2004 Silver Ribbon for Best Song from the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists. Writer-Director Ambrogio Lo Giudice was nominated for the Golden St. George by the Moscow Film Festival.

Additional information on Prima Dammi Un Bacio may be found here .


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L'Ultimo Pulcinella
L'Ultimo Pulcinella


  
L'Ultimo Pulcinella
(The Last Pulcinella)     (2008)

Directed by Maurizio Scaparro


Sunday October 23, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian   with English subtitles   (92 min.)

This is the story of a traumatic relationship between a Neapolitan lad and his father played by Massimo Ranieri, a street artist who has trouble making ends meet while continuing to sing and act the stories of Pulcinella in Naples. When the son leaves for Paris, Ranieri goes to find him and reconcile their differences. He discovers an abandoned theater and decides, with the help of his son and the son's friends, to restore and reopen the theater. The film is filled with great music, and Ranieri shines both as an actor and as a singer.

Additional information on L'Ultimo Pulcinella may be found here .


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Il Piccolo Mondo Antico
Il Piccolo Mondo Antico


  
Il Piccolo Mondo Antico
(Tides of Change)     (2001)

Directed by Cinzia Th. Torrini


Sunday November 6, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian   with English subtitles   (188 min.)

Based on Antonio Fogazzaro's esteemed 1895 novel, the film is set in 19th Century Lombardy, under Austrian domination. The story begins with the marriage of Franco and Luisa. Franco's grandmother, the Marchesa, is his only "parent", and this cold-hearted, über-aristocratic matriarch won't permit her grandson to marry Luisa. When he does so, he is disinherited, and the Marchesa does whatever possible to persecute the couple. Franco becomes involved in the Risorgimento, to liberate Lombardy and other Italian states from foreign domination and work toward unification with the Kingdom of Piedmont to create a new Italy. Grandma, an entrenched conservative, condemns her grandson's political agenda and co-operates with the Austrians to harm him. Tragedy befalls the couple, and they become estranged. The film concludes with a remorseful grandmother trying to make amends, Franco and Luisa reconciling, and Franco going off to the Crimean War.

Additional information on Il Piccolo Mondo Antico may be found here .


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Il Mostro
Il Mostro


  
Il Mostro
(The Monster)     (1994)

Directed by Roberto Benigni


Tuesday November 15, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.   at the IACC
In Italian   with English subtitles   (112 min.)

A vicious serial sex killer is on the loose, and shop-window outfitter Benigni is the prime suspect, thanks to his unfortunate habit of getting caught in compromising situations (for which there is always a totally innocent explanation that the police fail to spot). An undercover policewoman played by Benigni's wife, Nicoletta Braschi, is assigned by an eccentric police psychologist to follow Benigni and provide evidence for his arrest - but things don't quite go according to plan...

While rated R for language and some sexual humor, Benigni's material is fresh, uninhibited, and sidesplittingly funny.

Additional information on Il Mostro may be found here .


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In Nome Del Papa Re
In Nome Del Papa Re


  
In Nome Del Papa Re
(In the Name of the Pope King)     (1977)

Directed by Luigi Magni


Sunday November 20, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian with English subtitles   (115 min.)

This film is set in 1867, with revolution and Garibaldi's forces close to bringing Rome into the Italian Kingdom. Monsignor Colombo da Priverno (portrayed by Nino Manfredi in an outstanding performance), a world-weary judge on the papal court, wants to resign. He is disgusted by the violence employed by the papacy to maintain secular power. "Open up in the name of the Pope King" is the command of the Pope's forces, seeking entry into homes and a chilling reminder of the Pope's temporal power. Following a rebel bombing, the Monsignor learns that a brief liaison 19 years earlier produced a son, who is arrested for the bombing. To help the lad and his collaborators, the Monsignor engages in a battle of wits with the court. The banter between the Monsignor and his housekeeper provides delightful comic relief to this serious film. In the end, the Garibaldini are defeated at Mentana, and it will be several more years before the French support of the Pope is distracted by Bismark, and the Italian government completes the Risorgimento with the addition of the Papal States.

Additional information on In Nome Del Papa Re may be found here .


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Il Divo
Il Divo


  
Il Divo
(Giulio Andreotti)    (2008)

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino


Sunday December 4, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian with English subtitles     (110 min.)

This is a fascinating docudrama about the life and political career of Italy's Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti and his party's decades-long hold on Italian politics. Highlighting accusations of mafia ties, Sorrentino lays any number of corruption scandals and political assassinations at Andreotti's feet. None of the charges ever resulted in a conviction. While no saint, Andreotti is presented as almost a caricature reflecting the director's viewpoint. The film earned a large number of awards; Toni Servillo won the 2009 Best Actor Donatello for his portrayal of Andreotti.

Additional information on Il Divo may be found here .


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