Cinema Lanzafame

Fall 2018 Film Series

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

and the
The Italian American Community Center

The Fall 2018 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 2:00 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 2018 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. 09 2:00 p.m. CASA Etruscan and Roman Documentaries In English 50 & 52 min. Ian Denyer & Peter Coyhote 2003 & 2006
Sep. 20 7:00 p.m. IACC Le Notti Bianche   [White Nights]   102 min. Luchino Visconti 1957
Oct. 07 2:00 p.m. CASA Il Caso Mattei   [The Mattei Affair] 115 min. Francesco Rosi 1972
Oct. 18 7:00 p.m. IACC Pizzicata   95 min. Eduardo Winspeare 1996
Nov. 04 2:00 p.m. CASA Fatto Di Sangue ...{Bood Feud} in English 96 min. Lina Wertmüller 1979
Nov. 15 7:00 p.m. IACC Cuore Sacro   (Sacred Heart)   120 min. Ferzan Ozpetek 2005
Dec. 02 2:00 p.m. CASA Lo Zio Indegno  [The Sleezy Uncle ] 107 min. Franco Brusati 1989



Etruscan and Roman Documentaries In English   (2003 & 2006)  
Directed by Ian Denyer and Peter Coyhote

Sunday September 09, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
in English   (102 min.)

Ancestors of Ancient Rome: The Etruscans 2003 50'

This documentary looks at the fun-loving Etruscans, who invented two spectator sports, gladiatorial combat and chariot racing. They were sophisticated people, with a sculptural and painting tradition, a religion based on human-type gods which they had learned from the Greeks and a complicated set of rituals for divining the future, which they handed down to the Romans. Note how well women were treated under the Etruscans compared with the Romans - to say nothing how they are still treated under Muslims.

Rome Power & Glory:" The Rise 2006 52'

The stage is set for agrand epic of war and conquest. The Rise first sorts fact from fiction in the legends surrounding the birth of the mighty Empire. Famous stores and myths come to life.
Starring: Peter Coyhote

Both videos available at Amazon Prime

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Le Notti Bianche
Le Notti Bianche

Le Notti Bianche [White Nights] (1957)
Directed by Luchino Visconti

Thursday September 20, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the IACC
In Italian with English subtitles (102 min.)

Set in a mythic, Venice-like city with canals and bridges (actually Livorno), this fine adaptation of Dostoyevsky's short story is evocative and boasts beautiful black and white cinematography. The snow scenes at the end are particularly striking. Marcello Mastroianni is a lonely, introverted clerk living in an Italian town. One night, he encounters Maria Schell on a canal bridge, distraught over the fact that her lover, Jean Marais, has failed to meet her as promised. As they begin to talk, over a couple of nights, he falls in love with her and he agrees to assist her in finding the man, but does so with the secret goal of preventing her reunion and wooing her himself. This film wonVisconti theVenice Film Festival's Silver Lion; Mastroianni and Nino Rota won awards for best actor and best musical score respectively.

Additional information on Le Notti Bianche (1953) may be found here .

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Il Caso Matte
Il Caso Matte

Il Caso Mattei [The Mattei Affair]     (1972)
Directed by Francesco Rosi

Sunday October 07, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian with English subtitles   (115 min.)

Il Caso Mattei is the fascinating story of Enrico Mattei, a man who helped change Italy's destiny by promoting methane gas and the development of oil resources. This energy helped to fuel the economic miracle which brought Italy out of World War II to a strong economic position in postwar Europe. The cause of his 1962 death in a private plane crash outside of Milan remains shrouded in mystery. This is a thought-provoking and intriguing drama about a great man, brilliantly portrayed by Gian Maria Volontè

Additional information on Il Caso Mattei may be found here .

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Pizzicata     (1996)
Directed by Eduardo Winspeare

Thursday October 18, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the IACC
In Italian with English subtitles   (95 min.)

This film is beautifully photographed in the Salento region of southern Puglia with groves of majestic olive trees. It shows a peasant agrarian life as a family hides an Italo-American pilot shot down in 1943. The pilot speaks the native dialect and hides himself as a cousin. He falls in love with one of the three girls in the home. Aside from the photography, the music anthology of local folk songs and instrumental music is excellent. The director took great pains to maintain the authenticity of local dialect, music, expressions, farming methods, social structures, and costumes. He has included a number of regional dances: the pizzica, a sensual dance of courtship in which men and women gesture seductively, but never touch; the pizzica scherma in which two men confront each other in a danced duel; and the tarantata, a frenzied dance of loss and grief performed in the square in front of St. Paul's Church. The tarantata has its origins in women (tarantolati) who are said to have been bitten by a tarantula. The poison from the bite is eliminated by dancing, sometimes for hours or even days.

Additional information on Pizzicata may be found here .

Annual Night of the Taranta Concertone Notte Della Taranta 2018 (Prima Parte) may be found here .

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Fatto Di Sangue ...
Fatto Di Sangue ...

Fatto Di Sangue ...{Bood Feud} in English   (1979)
Directed by Lina Wertmüller

Sunday November 04, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In English   (96 min.)

Mastroianni, a lawyer, and Giannini, a petty thief vie for the favors of Loren. While interested in both, she tries to maintain the image of a prudish widow. Set in the 1920s during Mussolini's rise to power, the fascist regime is clearly a presence in Sicilian life.
Bellini's "Casta Diva" is sung by Montserrat Caballe is found here .

Additional information on Fatto Di Sangue ... may be found here .

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Cuore Sacro
Cuore Sacro

Cuore Sacro
(Sacred Heart)     (2005)

Directed by Ferzan Ozpetek

Thursday November 15, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.   at the IACC
In Italian with English subtitles   (120 min.)

Irene (Barbara Bobulova is a strong, award-winning business woman whose career is derailed by inspiration from a young waif, who combines thievery and lying with a life of service to the needy. While there is a fair bit of religious symbolism in the film, the "sacred heart" arises from a belief of Irene's mother in a second heart within each of us that has to be discovered and nurtured. Barbora Bobulova won a 2005 David di Donatello Best Actress and the film was nominated for Donatellos and Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists awards including Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Music, and Cinematography. This is another finely crafted film by Ferzan Ozpetek (Finestra di Fronte / Facing Windows) and is a beautiful integration of plot, cinematography and music.

Additional information on Cuore Sacro may be found here .

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Lo Zio Indegno
Lo Zio Indegno

Lo Zio Indegno [The Sleezy Uncle]    (1969)  
Directed by Franco Brusati

December 02, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the Casa
In Italian with English subtitles   (103 min.)

Vittorio Gassman is the poet who won't draw the line at molesting women, stealing, lying yet his charm, innocence and life force conquer all. Giancarlo Giannini shows humanity as the bourgeois foil. You laugh, give in, and wonder about morality versus life. The Uncle really seems beyond good and evil. The end is touching, both sad and happy.

Additional information on Lo Zio Indegno may be found here .

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