Spring 2004 Film Series
at   the
Casa Italiana,
Nazareth College of Rochester, NY


The Spring 2004 Film Series will continue a series of films which examine Italian Family Life and Culture as influenced by regional, social, and class differences.

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

Following the table of dates, times, and titles of the Casa Italiana Fall Series a brief description of each film is provided here .


Casa Italiana of Nazareth College

Sunday afternoons at 4:00 PM

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

Date Title Director English Subtitles
Jan. 18 Divorzio all'Italiana
(Divorce Italian Style)
Pietro Germi Sicilian With Subtitles
Feb. 1 La Lupa (The She Wolf)
    Strong Sexual Content
Gabriele Lavia Sicilian With No Subtitles
Feb. 15 Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini
(The Garden of the Finzi-Continis)
Vittorio De Sica Italian With Subtitles
Feb. 29 Sabato, Domenica, e Lunedi
(Saturday, Sunday, and Monday)
Lina Wertmüller Neapolitan With No Subtitles
Mar. 14 La Stanza del Figlio (The Son's Room) Nanni Moretti Italian With Subtitles
Mar. 28 State Buoni ... Se Potete
(Behave Yourselves ... If You Can)
Luigi Magni Italian With No Subtitles
Apr. 18 Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) Luchino Visconti Italian With Subtitles


  
Divorzio all'Italiana
Divorzio all'Italiana


  
Divorzio all'Italiana
(Divorce Italian Style)
  (1961)  
Directed by Pietro Germi

Sunday, January 18, 2004 at 4:00 PM
In Sicilian with subtitles  (104 min.)

In one of the best Italian comedies made, Mastroianni gives an excellent performance as an impoverished Sicilian aristocrat determined to get a divorce from his wife. Unfortunately, divorce is illegal in Italy at the time, but there is a law that justifies the killing of a wife if she is caught in adultery.

A more detailed synopsis of Divorzio all'Italiana may be found here .

Additional information on Divorzio all'Italiana may be found here .


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La Lupa
La Lupa


  
La Lupa (The She Wolf)   (1996)
Directed by Gabriele Lavia


Sunday, February 1, 2004 at 4:00 PM  
In Sicilian with no subtitles  and
strong sexual content   (104 min.)

Based on a story by Giovanni Verga, La Lupa is set in mid 19th century Sicily. The film presents a view of the austere lives of the contadini (peasants) in that feudal society. La Lupa is a predator who considers every man a potential conquest. When it appears a returning soldier will slip through her clutches, she arranges a marriage between the soldier and her daughter. In spite of the strong sexual content, the realistic portrayal of life in that difficult time makes it well worth seeing.

A more detailed synopsis of La Lupa may be found here .

The text of "La Lupa" by Giovanni Verga is available on the Internet at this web site. It is in Italian and some 48 pages in length.

Additional information on La Lupa may be found here .


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Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini
Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini


  
Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini
(The Garden of the Finzi-Continis)
  (1971)  
Directed by Vittorio De Sica


Sunday, February 1, 2004 at 4:00 PM  
In Italian with English Subtitles   (94 min.)

Amid the ravages of WWII, the Finzi-Continis, a cultured Jewish family, languish in aristocratic splendor on their Eden-like estate in Ferrara. As the political atmosphere becomes increasingly hostile to Jews, the family turns its home into a refuge. Eventually, Fascism gradually descends upon their world. From the novel by Giorgio Bassani, this film won the Academy Award in 1971 for Best Foreign Film.

A more detailed synopsis of Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini may be found here .

Additional information on Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini may be found here .


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Sabato, Domenica e Lunedi
Sabato, Domenica e Lunedi


  
Sabato, Domenica e Lunedi  
(Saturday, Sunday, and Monday)
(1964)  
Directed by Lina Wertmüller


Sunday, February 29, 2004 at 4:00 PM
In Italian with no subtitles   (110 min.)

This delightfully warm comedy-drama is based on a novel by Eduardo De Filippo and stars Sophia Loren as Rosa and Luca De Filippo as Don Peppino, her husband. Wertmüller, a Neapolitan herself, captures the ebb and flow of turbulent emotions centering on the couple caught in a web of love and jealousy. Set near Naples in Pozzuoli (where Loren actually grew up), the action is centered on a three-day period surrounding an Italian family ritual of Sunday dinner where everyone awaits the traditional ragù. Small misunderstandings set off a chain of dramatic events with the Don Peppino's jealousy igniting an emotional eruption.

A more detailed synopsis of Sabato, Domenica e Lunedi may be found here .

Additional information on Sabato, Domenica e Lunedi may be found here .


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La Stanza del Figlio
La Stanza del Figlio


  
La Stanza del Figlio
(The Son's Room)
  (2001)  
Directed by Nanni Moretti


Sunday, March 14, 2004 at 4:00 PM
In Italian with English subtitles   (99 min.)

Giovanni, played by Moretti, is a successful psychoanalyst who puts up with an endless string of trivia from his patients. His family provides a loving and steadfast foundation for his life. That foundation is profoundly rocked when his son dies in an accident. Giovanni dwells on missed chances with his son while his wife is inconsolable. In spite of this, healing occurs. This is a serious, beautifully done film.

A more detailed synopsis of La Stanza del Figlio may be found here .

Additional information on La Stanza del Figlio may be found here .


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State Buoni ... Se Potete
State Buoni ... Se Potete


  
State Buoni ... Se Potete 
(Behave Yourselves ...
If You Can)
(1983)  
Directed by Luigi Magni


Sunday, March 28, 2004 at 4:00 PM
In Italian with no subtitles   (151 min.)

Set in 16th century Rome, this thoroughly delightful film tells the story of Philip Neri and his care of orphans in Rome, frequently urging "Behave yourselves ... if you can". The music is by Angelo Branduardi who leads a chorus of children whose faces and singing are memorable. Neri is surrounded by a cast of characters including the Pope, Ignatius Loyola, Charles Borromeo, Theresa of Avila, and Francis Xavier. There is a love story between Leonetta and Cirinfischio, and even the devil has his part in a series of incarnations.. The music, story and children are quite beautiful.

Additional information on State Buoni ... Se Potete may be found here .




  
Il Gattopardo
Il Gattopardo
  
Il Gattopardo   (1963)  
[The Leopard]
Directed by Luchino Visconti


Sunday, April 18, 2004  
In Italian with English subtitles   (192 min.)
This is the beautifully restored version.

Il Gattopardo is based upon the novel by Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa. It presents the Risorgimento through the eyes of Don Fabrizio, the Prince of Salina, a landed aristocrat played magnificently by Burt Lancaster. The aristocracy must choose between the Bourbons and the old feudal system; the House of Savoy and the emerging middle class. While Don Fabrizio contemplates both the end of his life and his way of life, his ambitious young nephew is determined to become a part of the new order. This is the Italian "Gone With The Wind". An English dubbed version was shown in the Risorgimento Series; this is the beautifully restored version of a film classic.

My notes for this film are   here .

Additional information on Il Gattopardo may be found here .





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