Spring 2007 Film Series
at   the
Casa Italiana,
Nazareth College of Rochester, NY


The Spring 2007 Film Series will consist of a variety of films with some focusing on Central Italy along with some newer, award-winning Italian films. All films will be 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  

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

Date Time Title Duration Director English Subtitles
Jan. 28 4:00 pm Francesca e Nunziata [Frances and Nancy] 120 min. Lina Wertmuller Italian with English subtitles
Feb. 4 3:00 pm La Ciociara [Two Women]
With Lecture by Prof. Vitti-Alexander
93 min. Vittorio De Sica Italian with English subtitles
Feb. 11 4:00 pm Campo de' Fiori [Peddler and the Lady] 95 min. Mario Bonnard Italian with NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Feb. 25 4:00 pm Rappresaglia [Massacre in Rome] 111 min. George P. Cosmatos Italian with English Subtitles
Mar. 11 4:00 pm Rugantino 157 min. Pietro Garinei Italian (Roman dialect) with NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Mar. 25 4:00 pm In Nome del Papa Re[ In the Name of the Pope King ] 115 min. Luigi Magni Italian with English subtitles
Apr. 22 4:00 pm Il Marchese del Grillo [The Marquis of Grillo] 125 min. Mario Monicelli Italian with NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES



  
Francesca e Nunziata
Francesca e Nunziata


  
Francesca e Nunziata    [Frances and Nancy]   (2001)  
Directed by Lena Wertmuller


Sunday, January 28, 2007 at 4:00 PM
In Italian   with English subtitles   (120 min.)

Francesca (Sophia Loren) was a woman of common birth whose beauty and charm so entranced Prince Giordano Montorsi (Giancarlo Giannini) that he married her in the 1890s. They had a number of children, but when their baby boy became seriously ill, she pledged that if her son were spared, she would adopt a needy orphan. Nunziata (Claudia Gerini) is adopted at age 9 by the family and grows into an attractive and savvy young woman, learning business skills from her adoptive mother. Her step brother, Federico (Raul Bova), becomes enamored of her but is forced into a marriage for financial reasons. This well-acted film examines the family relationships over a number of years.

Additional information on Francesca e Nunziata may be found here .


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La Ciociara
La Ciociara


  
La Ciociara (Two Women)   (1960)
Directed by Vittorio De Sica


Sunday February 4, 2007 at 4:00 P.M.  
In Italian   with English subtitles   (93 min.)

Cesira (played by Sophia Loren who won a number of best actress awards for this role) and her 13-year-old daughter, Rosetta (Eleonora Brown), flee from the allied bombs in Rome during the second world war. They travel to the village where Cesira was born. During their journey and in the village, the mother does everything to protect Rosetta. During their stay in the village, a young intellectual, Michele (Jean-Paul Belmondo) falls in love with Cesira who does not know how to reply to his advances. They attempt to return home and, while hiding in a church, they both get raped by advancing Moroccan Allied soldiers.

Additional information on La Ciociara may be found here .


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Campo de' Fiori
Campo de' Fiori


  
Campo de' Fiori [ Peddler and the Lady ]   (1943)
Directed by Mario Bonnard


Sunday February 11, 2007 at 4:00 P.M.  
In Italian with NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES   (95 min.)

This classic comedy stars Aldo Fabrizi as Peppino, a fishmonger, on Campo de' Fiori, a famous Roman marketplace. He works alongside Elide (Anna Magnani), a greengrocer, who has a soft spot for him, despite the fact they argue all day long... But neither Peppino, nor his friend Aurelio (Peppino de Filippo), the barber, are interested in getting married -- until he meets the beautiful Elsa (Caterina Boratto).

Additional information on Campo de' Fiori may be found here .


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Rappresaglia
Rappresaglia


  
Rappresaglia
[Massacre in Rome]
  (1973)  
Directed by George P. Cosmatos


Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 4:00 P.M.
In Italian   with English subtitles   (111 min.)

This compelling film is based on Robert Katz's book, "Death in Rome", an investigation of the Ardeatine Caves massacre on March 1944. It describes the killing of some 335 people, mostly Italians, in reprisal for the killing of 33 Germans by partisans. Richard Burton and Marcello Mastroianni star.

Additional information on Rappresaglia may be found here .


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Rugantino
Rugantino


  
Rugantino   (1998) 
Directed by Pietro Garinei


Sunday March 11, 2007 at 4:00 P.M.
In Italian with NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES   (157 min.)
(Roman dialect)

This beautiful musical comedy, set in 1830s Rome, was written by Pietro Garinei and Sandro Giovannini with the music of Armando Trovajoli. First produced in 1962, this 1998 edition stars Valerio Mastandrea as Rugantino and Maurizio Mattioli as Mastro Titta, the executioner. Rugantino is a classic Roman mask used to enliven the Roman Carneval, representing everyday Roman life in a grotesque and satirical way. (Pulcinella is a classic Neapolitan mask). Thus, Rugantino is a lovable scoundrel whose inclinations constantly get him in trouble with his fellow Romans. The music is quite memorable (Roma non fa la Stupida Stasera).


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In Nome del Papa Re
In Nome del Papa Re


  
In Nome del Papa Re
(In the Name of the Pope King)
   (1977)  
Written and Directed by Luigi Magni


Sunday March 25, 2007 at 4:00 P.M.
In Italian with English subtitles   (115 min.)

This film is set in 1867, with revolution and Garibaldi's forces close to bringing Rome into the Italian Kingdom. Monsignor Colombo da Priverno (in an outstanding performance by Nino Manfredi) is a world-weary judge on the papal court, and wants to resign. He is disgusted by the violence employed by the papacy to maintain secular power. Following a rebel bombing, the Monsignor learns that a brief liaison 19 years earlier produced a son, who is arrested for the bombing. To help the lad and his collaborators, the Monsignor engages in a battle of wits with the court. Magni uses an interesting plot and Manfredi's comedic talents to elucidate the political history of the period. In the end, the Garibaldini are defeated at Mentana, and it will be several years before the Italian government completes the Risorgimento with the addition of the Papal States.

Additional information on In Nome del Papa Re may be found here .


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Il Marchese del Grillo
Il Marchese del Grillo


  
Il Marchese del Grillo
(The Marquis of Grillo)
   (1981)  
Directed by Mario Monicelli


Sunday April 22, 2007 at 4:00 P.M.
In Italian with NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES   (125 min.)

This Alberto Sordi comedy is set in 19th century Rome. While the real Marquis of Grillo lived early in the 18th century, Monicelli changed the time period to the early 19th century when more was going on in Rome. The marquis (Sordi) amuses himself in a number of outrageous ways. When he discovers his physical (unrelated) twin (also Sordi), a drunkard in a Roman tavern, the marquis takes the passed-out drunk to his mansion and puts him in his bed -- fully intent on convincing everyone that this man is the real marquis. In addition to the comedy, one gets a sense of this period in the history of Rome and its environs.

Additional information on Il Marchese del Grillo may be found here .


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