Spring 2005 Film Series
at   the
Casa Italiana,
Nazareth College of Rochester, NY


The Spring 2005 Film Series will continue our examination of Italian Life and Culture through film. Join us as we take another look into this mirror of Italian society Sunday afternoons at 4:00 PM in the Casa Italiana.

Following the table of dates, times, and titles of this Casa Italiana Film 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. 23 Cristo si Ŕ fermato a Eboli
(Christ Stopped at Eboli)
Francesco Rosi Italian with subtitles
Feb. 6 La Carbonara Luigi Magni Italian with No Subtitles
Feb. 20 Nuovo Cinema Paradiso Giuseppe Tornatore Italian with subtitles
Apr. 3 Dimenticare Palermo
(To Forget Palermo)
Francesco Rosi Italian with No Subtitles
Apr. 17 Finestra di Fronte
(Facing Windows)
Ferzan Ozpetek Italian with subtitles


  
Eboli
Cristo si Ŕ fermato a Eboli


  
Cristo Si ╚ Fermato A Eboli
(Christ Stopped at Eboli)
  (1979)  
Directed by Francesco Rosi


Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 4:00 P.M.
In Italian with English subtitles   (145 min.)
In the Casa Italiana

This winner of David di Donatellos in 1979 for Best Director and Best Film as well as several Best Film awards in England, France, and Russia, is based on the documentary novel by Carlo Levi (sensitively played by Gian Maria VolontÚ), Jewish artist and physician, who was exiled to a remote village near Eboli during the Fascist oppression preceeding World War II. Over time, Levi learns to appreciate the beauty and wisdom of the peasants and to overcome his isolation.

"Christ did stop at Eboli, where the road and the railway leave the coast of Salerno and turn into the desolate reaches of Lucania. Christ never came this far, nor did time, nor the individual soul, nor hope, nor the relation of cause to effect, nor reason, nor history" (from the book).

Additional information on Cristo si Ŕ fermato a Eboli may be found here .


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LaCarbonara
La Carbonara


  
La Carbonara   (2000)  
Directed by Luigi Magni


Sunday, February 6, 2005 at 4:00 P.M.
In Italian   with no English subtitles   (109 min.)
In the Casa Italiana

This fine film by Luigi Magni is an historical drama with comedic elements and is set in 1825 on the northern border of the Papal States. "La Carbonara" has a number of meanings from the Carbonari, the secret society, which advocated for political freedom and were eventually absorbed by the Risorgimento movement; the name of the Inn in this region where riders could exchange tired for fresh horses; the proprietress of the Inn, Cecilia (played by the attractive Lucrezia Lante della Rovere); and finally, the specialty of the house, Spaghetti alla Carbonara. Cecilia supports and hides the Carbonari from the Pope's soldiers. Nino Manfredi reprises his role as the Cardinal which he created in Magni's "In Nome del Papa Re" and is charged with enforcing temporal Papal law.

Additional information on La Carbonara may be found here .


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CinemaParadiso
Cinema Paradiso


  
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso   (1989)  
Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore


Sunday, February 20, 2005 at 4:00 P.M.
In Italian   with English subtitles   (173 min.)
In the Casa Italiana

This is a very beautiful film and winner of a large number of awards, including Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film, and a number of British Academy Awards including Best Actor, Screenplay, and Musical Score. A famous film director returns home to a Sicilian village for the first time after almost 30 years. He reminisces about his childhood (Salvatore Cascio, best supporting actor) at the Cinema Paradiso where Alfredo (Philippe Noiret), the projectionist, first brought about his love of films.

Additional information on Cinema Paradiso may be found here .


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Dimenticare Palermo
Dimenticare Palermo


  
Dimenticare Palermo
(To Forget Palermo)
  (1990)  
Directed by Francesco Rosi


Sunday, April 3, 2005 at 4:00 P.M.
In Italian   with no English subtitles   (100 min.)   In the Casa Italiana

This political drama from Francesco Rosi chronicles the fictional Carmine (James Belushi), who wins election as the mayor of New York on a promise to legalize drugs. After the election, he marries Carrie (Mimi Rogers) and goes to his ancestral home of Sicily for a honeymoon. Amid the beauties of Sicily and Palermo, Carmine discovers that men of power will stop at nothing to prevent the legalization of drugs, which threatens their business. The film includes cameo appearances by Vittorio Gassman and Philippe Noiret

Additional information on Dimenticare Palermo may be found here .


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La Finestra Di Fronte
La Finestra Di Fronte


  
La Finestra Di Fronte
(Facing Windows)
  (2003) 
Directed by Ferzan Ozpetek


Sunday April 17, 2005 at 4:00 P.M.
In Italian   with English subtitles   (106 min.)   In the Casa Italiana

Winner of 5 David di Donatello Awards including Best Film, this warm drama follows two threads which come together as a young woman (Giovanna Mezzogiorno), married with two children and a devoted husband (Filippo Nigro) becomes attracted to a young man (Raoul Bova) who lives across the courtyard in an apartment with a facing window. The second thread involves a senile gentleman (Massimo Girotti in his last film), who enters their lives and whom she takes in temporarily. As her divided affections become increasingly a challenge, she finds comfort and support as the old man teaches her about love, sacrifice, and pastry making, and she learns the secrets of his life in Rome during the Nazi occupation in 1943.

Additional information on La Finestra Di Fronte may be found here .


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