Spring 2003 Film Series
at   the
Casa Italiana,
Nazareth College of Rochester, NY

The Casa Italiana Spring 2003 Film Series will consist of a variety of films, principally light comedies.

Join us for this series of Sunday afternoons at 4:00 PM in the Casa Italiana.

All films are free of charge, open to the public, and dedicated to an appreciation of Italian Language and Culture through Film.

A summary of dates, times, and titles of the Casa Italiana Spring Series and also the Dryden Theater Spring Series is located at the bottom of this page .

’O Re
’O   Re

’O Re
(The King of Naples)
Directed by Luigi Magni

Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 4:00 PM
In Italian (no subtitles)   (90 min.)

’O Re continues the Risorgimento Theme begun with the Fall 2002 Film Series. Written and directed by Luigi Magni, this film examines the Roman exile of Francis II, the last Bourbon King of the Two Sicilies. This is an interesting character study in which we examine the contrast between Francis II (Giancarlo Giannini) and his wife, Maria Sofia of Bavaria (Ornella Muti). Francis II is resigned to the end of his reign and his line (having no heir to the throne) while Maria Sofia is determined to restore the Kingdom and leave an heir.

Additional information on ’O Re may be found here .

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Maccheroni (Macaroni)   (1985)
Directed by Ettore Scola

Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 4:00 PM  
Dubbed in English with some subtitled Italian   (104 min.)

Written by Ruggerro Maccari, Furio Scarpelli and Ettore Scola, this light comedy revolves around two World War II buddies - the American, Robert (Jack Lemon), and the Neapolitan, Antonio (Marcello Mastroianni), who meet in Naples some 40 years after the war.

Antonio has spent the last 40 years sending his sister forged letters from Robert to help her forget the American who had left her behind. Robert, a jaded American executive, must try to live up to the legend that Antonio has created. There is a wonderful chemistry between Lemon and Mastroianni.

Additional information on Maccheroni may be found here .

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Tutti Gli Anni,
Una Volta L'Anno

Tutti Gli Anni,
   Una Volta L'Anno
(Once a Year, Every Year)
Directed by Gianfrancesco Lazotti

Sunday, February 9, 2003 at 4:00 PM  
In Italian (no subtitles)   (88 min.)

In this light comedy, eight lifelong retired friends attending their annual dinner party/ reunion must re-evaluate their lives after they read a provocative letter from a group member who recently died. The letter suggests they all move into an empty convent and live the rest of their lives together. Though the eight seem outwardly comfortable and happy, the proposition becomes more enticing. As the evening wears on, their truths are revealed.

Additional information on Tutti Gli Anni, Una Volta L'Anno may be found here .

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La Bella Mugnaia
La Bella Mugnaia

La Bella Mugnaia  
(The Miller's Beautiful Wife)
Directed by Mario Camerini

Sunday, February 16, 2003 at 4:00 PM  
In Italian with English subtitles   (94 min.)

This very earthy comedy was based on the play, The Three-Cornered Hat, from the Spanish novel of Alarcon. The film has Vittorio De Sica as Don Teofilo, a lecherous governor of Naples in 1680 who lusts after the wives of several peasants, particularly the miller's wife, Carmela, played by a ravishing Sophia Loren. Don Teofilo is aided in his treachery by Gardunia (Paolo Stoppa). Luca, the miller, (a youngish Marcello Mastroianni), plans to avenge his honor by seducing the wife of the governor. Oppressive taxation by the Spanish is evident in this delightful comedy which boasts a great cast and one of the earliest pairings of Loren and Mastroianni.

Additional information on La Bella Mugnaia may be found here .

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Sotto Sotto
Sotto... Sotto...

Sotto... Sotto... Strapazzato Da Anomala Passione
(Softly, softly)
Directed by Lina Wertmüller

Sunday, March 16, 2003 at 4:00 PM
In Italian with English subtitles   (104 min.)

Oscar, in a delightfully comedic performance by Enrico Montesano, finds that his wife Ester (Veronica Lario) confesses that she is in love with another. This hilarious comedy pushes every macho stereotype as Oscar is determined to discover who is responsible for le corna . The plot builds to a riotous conclusion as Oscar discovers that, not another man, but a woman is responsible for this alienation of his wife’s affection. His anguish is total as the woman in question is Ester’s best friend, Adele (Luisa De Santis).

Additional information on Sotto Sotto may be found here .

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Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo
Il Vangelo secondo Matteo

Il Vangelo secondo Matteo  
(The Gospel According to St. Matthew)
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini

Sunday, March 30, 2003 at 4:00 PM  
In Italian with English subtitles   (136 min.)

The celebration of Easter in Italy takes on the solemnity of Christmas. The sacrifice and resurrection of our Lord is considered as important as His coming into this world. It is most appropriate at this time to show one of the most lyrically simple film representations of the life of Christ -- Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Il Vangelo secondo Matteo." Pasolini was a most controversial figure -- an avowed Marxist, expelled from the Italian Communist Party for a lack of orthodoxy, an admirer of Pope John XXIII. He had a lurid personal life. However, few better than Pasolini, were able to capture the bare essence of the Christian message through the poor landscapes of Basilicata and the plain, rough faces of the ordinary people that he used as actors. This film is most unlike a Hollywood biblical movie.

Dr. Savella's Notes on the film are here .

Additional information on Il Vangelo secondo Matteo may be found here .

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L' Armata Brancaleone
L' Armata Brancaleone

L' Armata Brancaleone
(For Love and Gold)
Directed by Mario Monicelli

Sunday, April 27, 2003 at 4:00 PM
In Italian with English subtitles   (120 min.)

Written by Agenore Incrocci, Mario Monicelli, and Furio Scarpelli, this surrealistic medieval comedy is a masterpiece and reminiscent of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail". It stars Vittorio Gassman as Brancaleone da Norcia. Outside of Italy, it is quite popular in Brazil, but not well known in the United States.

A group of rogues steal a scroll granting its bearer the property of the land of Aurocastro in Apulia. They elect a shaggy knight, Brancaleone from Norcia, as their leader, and decide to get possession of this supposedly wealthy land. The characters are unforgettable and the reconstitution of the Middle Ages is impressive. Many adventures occur during the journey.

Additional information on L' Armata Brancaleone may be found here .

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Casa Italiana of Nazareth College

Spring 2003 Film Series - Sunday afternoons at 4:00 PM

This series is free of charge and open to the public.

Date Title Director Subtitles
Jan. 19 Postponed   ’O Re (The King of Naples) Luigi Magni No Subtitles
Jan. 26 Maccheroni (Macaroni) Ettore Scola In English
Feb. 9 Tutti Gli Anni, Una Volta L'Anno
(Once a Year, Every Year)
Gianfrancesco Lazotti No subtitles
Feb. 16 La Bella Mugnaia
(The Miller's Beautiful Wife)
Mario Camerini With Subtitles
Mar. 16 Sotto... Sotto... (Softly, softly) Lina Wertmüller With Subtitles
Mar. 30 Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo
(The Gospel According to Matthew)
Pier Paolo Pasolini With Subtitles
Apr. 27 Armata Brancaleone (For Love and Gold) Mario Monicelli With Subtitles

George Eastman House - Dryden Theatre Series

Italian Cinematography:   From Neorealism to Nanni Moretti

Admission: $ 6,   $5 students,   $4 museum members.

Date Time Title Director
Jan. 18 8 pm Salò   (the uncut version) Pier Paolo Pasolini
Jan. 19 2 pm My Voyage to Italy Martin Scorsese
Jan. 22 8 pm The Son's Room Nanni Moretti
Jan. 29 8 pm Umberto   D Vittorio De Sica
Feb. 6 8 pm Flowers of Saint Francis Roberto Rossellini
Feb. 12 8 pm Ginger and Fred Federico Fellini
Feb. 19 8 pm Interview Federico Fellini
Feb. 21 8 pm For a Fistful of Dynamite Sergio Leone
Feb. 26 8 pm The Stolen Children Gianni Amelio

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