Cinema Lanzafame

Fall 2014 Film Series

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

and the
IACC,
The Italian American Community Center


The Fall 2014 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 2014 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. 18 7:00 p.m. IACC Totò, Siamo Uomini O Caporali?    [ Are We Men Or Corporals? ]   92 min. Camillo Mastrocinque 1955
Oct. 5 3:00 p.m. CASA Lucky Luciano    [in English] 110 min. Francesco Rosi 1974
Oct. 16 7:00 p.m. IACC Ochi Chyornye    [ Dark Eyes ]  
      CANCELLED
118 min. Nikita Mikhalkov 1987
Oct. 26 3:00 p.m. CASA La Grande Guerra    [ The Great War ]    132 min. Mario Monicelli 1959
Nov. 9 3:00 p.m. CASA Terraferma      [Dry Land] 93 min. Emanuele Crialese 2011
Nov. 20 7:00 p.m. IACC Leggenda di Al, John, e Jack    [ Legend of Al, John, & Jack ]   105 min. Directed by Aldo, Giacomo, Giovanni, Massimo Venier 2002
Dec. 7 3:00 p.m. CASA Amici Per La Pelle      [Friends For Life] 90 min. Franco Rossi 1955





  
Totò, Siamo Uomini O Caporali?
Totò, Siamo Uomini O Caporali?


  
Totò, Siamo Uomini O Caporali?
[ Are We Men Or Corporals? ]     (1955)

Directed by Camillo Mastrocinque


Thursday September 18, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.   at the IACC
In Italian with English subtitles   (92 min.)


Totò explains to a doctor at the beginning of this film that there are only two types in the world - men who slave, raise families and are basically simple good men, and the Corporals of the world who make life difficult for regular guys. This is a good film of classic, sometimes obvious, satire and good old-fashioned slap-stick comedy. The ending is very realistic, however, regarding the fate of good men. The films of Toto are always fun to watch, and the comedy is excellent. While there are many Totò films, those with English subtitles are rare.

Additional information on Totò, Siamo Uomini O Caporali? may be found here .


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Lucky Luciano
Lucky Luciano


  
Lucky Luciano     (1974)
Directed by Francesco Rosi


Sunday October 5, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In English   (110 min.)


Director Francesco Rosi returns to his recurring theme of the connections between legal and illegal exercises of power in this sensationalized account of the infamous gangster Charles "Lucky" Luciano (Gian Maria Volonte). The film examines the life of Luciano after serving nine years of his 50-year sentence in the 1930s and 1940s, after which he was pardoned and deported to Italy. Once back in Italy, Luciano travels to Naples, where he finds himself under a continuous ten-year investigation by narcotics investigator Charles Siragusa (who plays himself). Rosi uses Luciano as a clinical study, questioning his legendary status and exploring the truth behind the legend. ~ Paul Brenner, All Movie Guide Gian Maria Volonté had a set of false teeth put in front of his own to gain a sinister smile.
During WWII, U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence used Luciana's Mafia connections to facilitate the war effort. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collaborations_between_the_United_States_government_and_Italian_Mafia


Information on the History of the Sicilian Mafia may be found here .

Additional information on Lucky Lucianno may be found here .


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DarkEyes
DarkEyes


  
Ochi Chyornye [ Dark Eyes ]     (1987 )
     CANCELLED
Directed by Nikita Mikhalkov


Thursday October 16, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.   at the IACC
In Italian with English subtitles   (118 min.)


Aboard a ship late in the 19th-century, a middle-aged Italian, Romano, (Marcello Mastroianni) tells his story of love to a Russian. In a series of flashbacks filmed almost entirely in creams, whites, and ochers, the clownish and superfluous Romano leaves his wife's opulent home (Silvana Mangano) to visit a spa where he falls in love with a Russian woman (Marthe Keller) whose marriage is a horror. He pursues her into the Russian heartland and returns to Italy resolved to leave his wife and marry his love. His amazed and appreciative Russian listener then narrates a shorter story. (Summary by jhailey)

Marcello Mastroianni won several awards including David di Donatello in 1988 as best actor. The film won a Golden Globe award as Best Foreign Language Film.


Additional information on Dark Eyes (1987) may be found here .


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Grande Guerra
Grande Guerra


  
La Grande Guerra    (The Great War)     (1959)
Directed by Mario Monicelli


Sunday October 26, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian with English subtitles   (132 min.)


Italy, 1916. Alberto Sordi and Vittorio Gassman are called to serve the army in WWI. They both try in every way to avoid serving the army. Gassman bribes Sordi, believing his false pledges to make him avoid the army. But destiny finds them meeting again on the train, directed to the front. Sordi had stolen money from Gassman but they become friends. They spend some months in relative peace and Gassman finds time to fall in love with prostitute Silvana Mangano. But war is coming closer. During the most important battle among Italians and Austro-Hungarians, Gassman and Sordi are in charge of delivering a vital message to the Italian headquarters. Unfortunately, they fall in the hands of an Austrian officer who starts an interrogation to discover the Italian message. What should they do now? Written by 1felco

Additional information on La Grande Guerra may be found here .


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Terraferma
Terraferma


  
Terraferma    [Dry Land]   (2011)  
Directed by Emanuele Crialese


Sunday November 9, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian with English subtitles   (93 min.)


It is a powerful, often disturbing and strongly emotional film that deals with the influx of desperately poor immigrants/refugees from Africa. The film is set on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, which in recent years had received so many of these people, that they can barely be accommodated. The elderly fisherman Ernesto, who rescues at sea an African mother and her son, represents an older, humane ethos, a Christian ethic in the best sense and the code of seafarers that demands one never abandons anyone lost at sea. Strong performances include that of Donatella Finocchiaro. Terraferma is visually stunning and Crialese loves the Mediterranean. A beautiful, engrossing film with heart, soul, humor, and a powerful humanistic vision.

Additional information on Terraferma may be found here .



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La Leggenda di Al, John e Jack
La Leggenda di Al, John e Jack


  
La Leggenda di Al, John e Jack
(The Legend of Al, John, and Jack)
   (2002)  
Directed by Aldo, Giacomo, Giovanni, Massimo Venier


Thursday November 20, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. at the IACC
In Italian with English subtitles   (105 min.)

Al Caruso, John Gresco, and Jack Amoruso are three gangsters working for the Genovese family. Classic bunglers, nothing they attempt ever goes well including killing the wrong target. Their boss gives them one last chance which is to protect his aunt, but she is accidentally killed and the three are sentenced to death. They come up with a plan to sell the boss to the police and the FBI. Al suffers from short-term memory loss and has to be told the story repeatedly by John and Jack. This is truly an entertaining film in which delicate humor mingles with slapstick-styled scenes. While the film is set in NYC and includes a nice collection of 1950s cars (the gangster mobile is an Edsel) and the sound track is filled with American jazz, the rest of the film is 100% Italian, even John Cameron Swayze reading TV news in Italian.

Additional information on La Leggenda di Al, John e Jack may be found here .


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Amici Per La Pelle
Amici Per La Pelle


  
Amici Per La Pelle    (Friends For Life)     (1955)
Directed by Franco Rossi


Sunday December 7, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian   with English subtitles   (90 min.)


This tale of the friendship between two boys of different backgrounds and characters is funny as well as touching; Geronimo Maynier(Mario) is extroverted, Andre Scire(Franco) is introverted. It is a very intelligent entertaining story about the importance of love, trust, understanding and laughter. Set in Rome it shows how big events as well as small things can influence a relationship - a friendship that can last a lifetime.

Additional information on Amici Per La Pelle may be found here .


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