Cinema Lanzafame

Fall 2013 Film Series

at   the
Casa Italiana,
Nazareth·College of Rochester, NY

and the
The Italian American Community Center

The Fall 2013 Film Series continues our dedication to an appreciation of Italian Language and Culture through Film.   All films are free of charge and open to the public.

Casa Films are shown Sunday afternoons at 3:00 PM is the lounge on the ground floor of the Casa Italiana at Nazareth·College.

IACC Films will be scheduled monthly from September through November on the Third Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at
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 2013 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 (English subtitles) Duration Director Release
Sep. 19 7:00 p.m. IACC Pane, Amore E Fantasia      [Bread, Love, and Dreams] 89 min. Luigi Comencini 1953
Oct. 6 3:00 p.m. CASA Alla Luce Del Sole      [By the Light of Day] 91 min. Roberto Faenza 2005
Oct. 17 7:00 p.m. IACC Quando Sei Nato, Non Puoi Più Nasconderti  
[Once You're Born You Can No Longer Hide ]
115 min. Marco Tullio Giordana 2005
Oct. 27 3:00 p.m. CASA L'Emigrante    [ The Emigrant]    or [ Little Funny Guy] 115 min. Pasquale Festa Campanile 1973
Nov. 10 3:00 p.m. CASA Giordano Bruno      [Revolt of the City] 115 min. Giuliano Montaldo 1973
Nov. 21 7:00 p.m. IACC Nudo di Donna    [Portrait of a Nude Woman] 106 min. Nino Manfredi 1981
Dec. 8 3:00 p.m. CASA Habemus Papam      [We Have a Pope] 100 min. Nanni Moretti 2011

Pane, Amore E Fantasia

Pane, Amore E Fantasia
[Bread, Love, and Dreams]
Directed by Luigi Comencini

Thursday September 19, 2013 at 7:00
p.m.   at the IACC
with English subtitles  (89 min.)

Italian Gina Lollobrigida was catapulted to international fame with this 1953 film. She is a feisty country girl from Italy's Ciociaria area, and is know as Pizzicarella la Bersagliera. During the course of the film, she is pursued by the new maresciallo, a lascivious woman-chaser played delightfully by Vittorio De Sica. Lollobrigida is also courted by a young carabiniere from the North. Amorous complications ensue. The cast also includes Marisa Merlini as the midwife, who is also pursued by the maresciallo. The unique, marvelous character actress Tina Pica, has a smaller role.

Additional information on Pane, Amore E Fantasia may be found here .

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Alla Luce Del Sole

Alla Luce Del Sole [By the Light of Day]     (2005)
Directed by Roberto Faenza

Sunday October 6, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
with English subtitles   (91 min.)

Don Giuseppe (Pino) Puglisi was the pastor of Brancaccio district of Palermo. He was murdered by Mafia killers on his 56th birthday on September 15th, 1993. He fought actively the social environment where the Mafia grows and flourishes. He founded a center for children and teenagers, giving them an alternative to escape Mafia enrollment. Puglisi was beatified in May, 2013, by Pope Francis in a Palermo ceremony, where he worked in a mobster-infested, poor neighborhood. The film's style is grave and severe. Puglisi is played by Luca Zingaretti who is at the same time loving and rough.

Additional information on Alla Luce Del Sole may be found here .

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Quando Sei Nato

Quando Sei Nato, Non Puoi Più Nasconderti
[Once You're Born You Can No Longer Hide]     (2005)

Directed by Marco Tullio Giordana

Thursday October 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.   at the IACC
with English subtitles     (115 min.)

Ten year old Sandro (Matteo Gadola) lives comfortably with his parents in Brescia where his father owns a factory. On a yachting trip with his dad, he falls overboard during the night. The director conveys the genuine feeling of desolation as the yacht moves away leaving the boy in darkness. As Sandro begins to sink, he is scooped on to an over-crowded barge of Third World misery run by two brutal Sicilian smugglers. Sandro is befriended by a young Romanian and his sister. This encounter with pan-cultural, clandestine immigrants with regional accents opens a new world for Sandro, providing for his re-birth, reflecting the title. When the carabinieri capture the illegal immigrants, Sandro prevails upon his father to help his new friends. The film is divided into two distinct halves--the first focuses on a wealthy Italian family, while the second plunges into the degradation of Third World refugees.

Additional information on Quando Sei Nato, Non Puoi Pił Nasconderti may be found here .


(The Emigrant)     (1973)

Directed by Pasquale Festa Campanile

Sunday October 27, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian with English subtitles   (115 min.)

The film begins as a small boy watching his father board a ship to America. Years later, Adriano Celentano takes the same route (dressed as a woman to avoid the draft) to search for his father and begin a new life. Numerous Italian folk songs also help to transport us to Little Italy of a century ago. Our hero had many jobs to make his way in America. A running gag involves a socialite who has the hots for Celentano but he only has eyes for Claudia Mori, an Italian folk singer he met on his way. Celentano gets into a life of crime and starts to learn of his father. As the plot becomes more serious, humor returns in the end.

Additional information on The Emigrant may be found here .

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Giordano Bruno
Giordano Bruno

Giordano Bruno  
[Revolt of the City]
Directed by Giuliano Montaldo

Sunday November 10, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian with English subtitles   (115 min.)

Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) was one of the pivotal thinkers of the Renaissance. As a very young man he entered the Dominican Order, was ordained in 1572, but within a few years was running through Europe, publishing a variety of clever and original literary, theological, and philosophical texts that made many angry. In 1591 he reached Venice. He was denounced to the Inquisition. He was sent to Rome, where he spent six years in prison before he was burned at the stake for heresy. Giordano Bruno was portrayed by Gian Maria Volontè, one of the great actors of the century.

Additional information on Giordano Bruno may be found here .

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Nudo di Donna

Nudo di Donna
[Portrait of a Nude Woman]     (1981)

Directed by Nino Manfredi

Thursday November 21, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.   at the IACC
In Italian   with English subtitles   (106 min.)

Manfredi directs and stars as a Roman adrift in Venice during Carnival. As he enters midlife, he frequently argues with his wife. She decides they should separate so he can sort out his mind. His first night away, he sees a photograph of a nude; the image resembles his wife. He searches for the model, whose name is Riri. He finds her, and she looks exactly like his wife, except that Riri is a gaily attired prostitute and his wife is a self-contained antiquarian bookseller. Are they two women or are they one? Nudo di Donna makes excellent use of Venice. Both in character and attitude, the film uses the city as a resident, rather than a visitor. Venice's confusing pattern of plazas and walkways is both an apt representation of the hero's emotional state and a key plot element.

Additional information on Nudo di Donna may be found here .

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Habemus Papam

Habemus Papam
(We Have a Pope)     (2011)

Directed by Nanni Moretti

Sunday December 8, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian   with English subtitles   (100 min.)

This film deals with an elderly man who is about to be chosen the next Pope. This individual begins to have the doubts and fears from all the resonsibilities which are about to become his and about the ways in which his life will change. This strange story is told with grace, with humor, with kindness, and with a respect for the themes involved. Is the new pontif ready to assume these responsibilities and the ways in which his life is about to change?

Additional information on Habemus Papam may be found here .

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