Cinema Lanzafame

Fall 2012 Film Series
at   the
Casa Italiana,
Nazareth College of Rochester, NY


The Fall 2012 Film Series consists of a variety of fine films focusing on the History and Culture of Sicily. One of these films is based on a Giovanni Verga novel and three of them are based on works by Leonardo Sciascia. These films are shown Sunday afternoons at 3:00 PM at Nazareth's Casa Italiana.

Additional Films are scheduled at the IACC, the Italian American Community Center uaually on the Third Thursday Evening of the Month at 7:00 p.m. . Any revisions of films and dates 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 2012 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.


While the majority of films have English subtitles, the trailers and video clips from YouTube are often without English subtitles.

Date
Time
Location
Title Duration Director English Subtitles
Sep. 20 7:00 p.m.
IACC
Io Speriamo Che Me La Cavo
(Ciao, Professore!)
91 min. Lina Wertmüller Italian with English subtitles
Sep. 23 3:00 p.m.
CASA
Il Bell'Antonio
[Bell'Antonio]
99 min. Mauro Bolognini Italian with English subtitles
Oct. 7 3:00 p.m.
CASA
L'Amante Di Gramigna
[The Bandit]
98 min. Carlo Lizzani Sicilian with NO English Subtitles
Oct. 18 7:00 p.m.
IACC
Il Marchese del Grillo
[The Marquis of Grillo]
125 min. Mario Monicelli Italian with English subtitles
Oct. 21 3:00 p.m.
CASA
Sedotta e Abbandonata
[Seduced And Abandoned]
119 min. Pietro Germi Italian with English subtitles
Nov. 4 3:00 p.m.
CASA
Il Giorno Della Civetta
[The Day of the Owl]
104 min. Damiano Damiani Italian with English subtitles
Nov. 15 7:00 p.m.
IACC
Maccheroni
(Macaroni)
104 min. Ettore Scola Primarily in English
Nov. 18 3:00 p.m.
CASA
Porte Aperte
[Open Doors]
109 min. Gianni Amelio Italian with English subtitles
Dec. 2 3:00 p.m.
CASA
Cadaveri Eccellenti
[Illustrious Corpses]
115 min. Francesco Rosi Italian with English subtitles
Dec. 16 3:00 p.m.
CASA
Natale In Casa Cupiello
[Christmas in the Cupiello House]
133 min. Eduardo De Filippo Neapolitan with NO English Subtitles





  
Ciao, Professore!
Ciao, Professore!


  
Io Speriamo Che Me La Cava
[Ciao, Professore!]   (1992) 

Directed by Lina Wertmüller


Thursday September 20, 2012 at 7:00 P.M.
In Italian   with English subtitles   (91 min.)   At the IACC

Marco Sperelli (Paolo Villagio) is an Italian teacher from northern Italy, mistakingly assigned to a grammar school in a small town near Naples. There, he meets all sorts of opposition as an alien invader with the strangest of ideas: respect for kids and a passion for teaching. He begins by literally dragging kids to school from the streets. Slowly, he gains the confidence and respect of the kids, with dedicated teaching and concern for their personal problems. While Villagio is marvelous, the film belongs to the sweet-faced kids. The humor generated by the kids' local dialect and standard language of their teacher is delightful. (by Gerald DeLuca).

Here is a clip of Sperelli collecting his students from the streets   CLICK

Here is the first of 7 segments to the complete film (without subtitles)   CLICK

Additional information on Ciao, Professore! may be found here .


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Il Bell'Antonio
Il Bell'Antonio


  
Il Bell'Antonio
[Bell'Antonio]     (1960)

Directed by Mauro Bolognini


Sunday September 23, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian   with English subtitles   (99 min.)

Handsome Antonio (Marcello Mastroianni) is a victim of traditional Sicilian society where the church characterizes women as either Saints or sluts with Platonic love reserved for the former and sex for the latter. Antonio cannot reconcile these two extremes. Barbara (Claudia Cardinale) only discovers his problem after their marriage. The marriage is annulled and the pressure for Antonio to produce an heir only increases. This film, set in Catania, captures the flavor of Southern Italy during this period.

Here is a clip from Bel Antonio  CLICK

Additional information on Il Bell'Antonio may be found here .


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L'Amante Di Gramigna
L'Amante Di Gramigna


  
L'Amante Di Gramigna
(The Bandit)     (1969)

Directed by Carlo Lizzani


Sunday October 7, 2012 film at 3:00 p.m.
In Sicilian with NO English subtitles   (98 min.)

Based on a novel by Giovanni Verga and set in 19th century Sicily, Gramigna's father is swindled of his home and land by Baron Nard˛. On her wedding day, Gemma (Stefania Sandrelli), runs off with Gramigna (Gian Maria VolontŔ) who is determined to avenge the Baron's victimization of his father. Love, violence, and murder follow in this quite rare and well acted film.

The film is rated R for physical and sexual violence,
although this 1969 film is not as explicit as modern films with similar aspects.

Additional information on L'Amante Di Gramigna may be found here .


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Il Marchese del Grillo
Il Marchese del Grillo


  
Il Marchese del Grillo [ The Marquis of Grillo ]   (1981) 
Directed by Mario Monicelli


Tuesday October 18, 2012 at 7:00 P.M. IACC
In Italian with English subtitles   (125 min.)

The real Marquis of Grillo lived early in the 18th century, but director Monicelli changed the period to the early 19th century when more was going on in Rome. The Marchese's antics are well known in Rome, told in endless jokes and stories. The Marchese amused himself by throwing red-hot coins to beggars, occasionally walling up the store entrance of an offending merchant and installing a urinal there instead, and generally making witty and broad comments on the life going on around him. Monicelli takes these stories and creates an amusing and impressive screenplay. The Marchese's character (Alberto Sordi) is so large that he dominates the film; the Marchese was indeed larger than life.

Here is the first of 10 segments to the complete film (without subtitles)   CLICK

Additional information on Il Marchese del Grillo may be found here .


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Sedotta E Abbandonata
Sedotta E Abbandonata


  
Sedotta E Abbandonata
[Seduced And Abandoned]     (1964)

Directed by Pietro Germi


Sunday October 21, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian   with English subtitles   (119 min.)

Agnese (Stefania Sandrelli) is 15 years old, seduced and impregnated by Peppino (Aldo Puglisi), her older sister's fiancÚ. Vincenzo (Saro Urzý), her father, is enraged when he discovers the facts and seeks to restore the family's honor by forcing a marriage. When Peppino refuses the marriage because Agnese is no longer a virgin, he sends his son, Antonio (Lando Buzzanca) to kill him and avenge the family's honor. Traditional family honor is a significant driving force for this classic comedic drama.

Here is the first of several segments to the complete film (without subtitles)   CLICK

Additional information on Sedotta E Abbandonata may be found here .


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Il Giorno Della Civetta
Il Giorno Della Civetta


  
Il Giorno Della Civetta
[The Day of the Owl]     (1968)

Directed by Damiano Damiani


Sunday November 4, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian   with English subtitles   (104 min.)

Based on Leonardo Sciascia's novel, this film illustrates the difficulties of Carabiniere Capitano Bellodi (Franco Nero), in investigating a Mafia murder in a small Sicilian town in 1961. A construction supplier is murdered for failing to cooperate with the Mafia. Rosa (Claudia Cardinale) is thought to be a reluctant witness, and local Mafia boss, Don Mariano Arena (Lee J. Cobb) becomes the suspect. Due to omerta, the code of silence, witnesses are in short supply and Bellodi comes to realize the hold that the Mafia has on politics, the judiciary and even the Church in Sicily.

Here is a clip where Don Mariano Arena, the local Mafia don explains the 5 types of men to Capt. Bellodi (without subtitles)   CLICK

Here is the first of 5 segments to the complete film (without subtitles)   CLICK

Additional information on Il Giorno Della Civetta may be found here .


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Maccheroni
Maccheroni


  
Maccheroni
[Macaroni]     (1985)

Directed by Ettore Scola


Thursday November 15, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.   at the IACC
Primarily in English   (104 min.)

In this warm comedy, two World War II buddies are reunited in modern Naples to find that Antonio (Marcello Mastroianni), a bank clerk, has been forging letters to his sister from Robert (Jack Lemmon), now an American businessman after the 40 years since the war ended. It was Antonio's way of helping her forget the American who left her behind. While Robert barely remembers this aspect of his past life, he is surprised to discover that his character has been kept alive and aquired mythic proportions. Over the years, Antonio's forged letters became increasingly creative as the letters grew more fantastic with heroic exploits for Robert. Antonio takes Robert to meet his now married sister and her family who have a true warmth and affection for this mythically created character.

Here is a clip with Mastroianni and Jack Lemon in Naples' Galleria. While our version is largely in English, this clip has no English subtitles   CLICK

Additional information on Maccheroni may be found here .


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Porte Aperte
Porte Aperte


  
Porte Aperte
[Open Doors]     (1990)

Directed by Gianni Amelio


Sunday November 18, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa
In Italian   with English subtitles   (109 min.)

A brutal triple murder strains justice in 1937 Fascist Palermo. Fascists had promised that their approach to law enforcement would allow citizens to sleep with "open doors". Tommaso Scalia (Ennio Fantastichini) commits three murders and wants a quick trial and execution. Judge Vito Di Francesco (Gian Maria VolontÚ) and one juror, Consolo (Renato Carpentieri), are determined to see justice, not vengeance served. Based on another Leonardo Sciascia novel, this outstanding, very well acted film won major awards including 1990's European Film of the Year.

Here is a clip from the trial with Judge Gian Maria VolontŔ and defendant Ennio Fantastichini (with no English subtitles and a rather dark image).   CLICK

Additional information on Porte Aperte may be found here .


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Cadaveri Eccellenti
Cadaveri Eccellenti


  
Cadaveri Eccellenti
[Illustrious Corpses]     (1976)

Directed by Francesco Rosi


Sunday December 2, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian with English subtitles   (115 min.)

Based on Leonardo Sciascia's novel, Il Contesto, Director Rosi calls this a trip through the monsters and monstrosities of power. This film is a detective thriller, formatted as a political expose dealing with an unseen killer whose victims are judges, prosecutors and magistrates. The eerie opening is set in Palermo's Convento dei Cappuccini with its subterranean corridors of 8000 bodies, some mummified. Rosi turns those images into a horrific metaphor of political and social transience that are the themes of this movie. (by Gerald DeLuca).

Here is a clip from the opening of the film with the visit to Palermo's Convento (with no English subtitles).   CLICK

Additional information on Cadaveri Eccellenti may be found here .


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Natale In Casa Cupiello
Natale In Casa Cupiello


  
Natale In Casa Cupiello
[Christmas In The Cupiello House]    (1977)

Directed by Eduardo De Filippo


Sunday December 16, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Neapolitan with NO English 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 one man's determination to build his Presepe despite his family. Eduardo's specialty is blending the tragic and comic in the warmth of an extended family. Since it was first staged in Naples on Dec. 25, 1931, Casa Cupiello has become a traditional Christmas favorite among Neapolitans.

Here is a link to the complete 133 min. film (with no English subtitles).   CLICK

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


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