Spring 2008 Film Series
at   the
Casa Italiana,
Nazareth College of Rochester, NY


The Spring 2008 Film Series will consist of a variety of fine films focused principally on Southern Italy and shown 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.

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


Date Title Duration Director English Subtitles
Jan. 27 La Stazione (The Station)   92 min. Sergio Rubini Italian with English subtitles
Feb. 10 Ferdinando I - Re di Napoli (King of Naples)   
Game of Scopa from L'Oro di Napoli (Gold of Naples)
  98 min.
  17 min.
Gianni Franciolini
Vittorio de Sica
Neapolitan with No English subtitles
Neapolitan with English subtitles 
Feb. 24 Ferdinando e Carolina   108 min. Lina Wertmüller Italian with English subtitles
Mar. 9 Scugnizzi [Neapolitan Street Children]   119 min. Nanni Loy Neapolitan with No English subtitles
Mar. 30 Un Difetto di Famiglia [A Family Flaw]   108 min. Alberto Simone Italian with English subtitles
Apr. 13 Le Conseguenze Dell'Amore [The Consequences of Love]    
  100 min. Paolo Sorrentino Italian with English subtitles

  
Stazione
La Stazione


  
La Stazione
(The Station)
  (1990)  
Directed by Sergio Rubini


Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 4:00 PM
In Italian with English subtitles   (92 min.)

This comedy unfolds during a single night in a desolate Southern Italian railroad station. The timid and lonely manager (Sergio Rubini) settles in for his night watch, when a beautiful woman (Margherita Buy) enters, inquiring about a train connection. The isolated station and romantic undercurrents lead suddenly to suspense when her controlling and angry fiance (Ennio Fantastichini) arrives.

Additional information on La Stazione may be found here .


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Ferdinando I - Re di Napoli
Ferdinando I - Re di Napoli


  
Ferdinando I - Re di Napoli
(Ferdinando I - King of Naples)
  (1959)  
Directed by Gianni Franciolini


Sunday, February 10, 2008 at 4:00 PM
In Neapolitan with No English subtitles   (98 min.)

Ferdinando I - King of Naples is an entertaining comedy based on the antics and reputation of Ferdinando with an all-star cast of Peppino, Eduardo, and Titina De Filippo as well as De Sica, Fabrizi, Mastroianni, and Rascel. Ferdinando was called Il Re Lazzarone (the Rascal King -- coarse, immoral, and lacking restraint). He wanted the favor of his people but did nothing to merit it. In Naples, and the entire realm, there was much misery due to economic conditions which favored a spreading of the discontent and a desire for political change and more liberty. The king only dedicated rare moments to the care of his government, and the meetings of his ministers served only to give an outlet to his bizarre humor and amorous adventures, leaving the affairs of state to others.

Political opponents made an effort to maintain the aspirations of the population for liberty; and among these is a notable actor, who always wore the costume of Pulcinella (Eduardo De Filippo). He circulated a satirical song containing obvious hints of the less than edifying adventures of the king with the help of his daughter, to whom the king had taken a fancy. When the king is informed of the malice which the song spread about his character, the police were mobilized to discover the author.

At one point we see a statue of a man on a horse with a chamber pot on his head. The sign on the statue reads, "A TAL CONDOTTIERO DEGNO CIMIERO" (To such a leader, a deserving helmet.)

Additional information on Ferdinando I - Re di Napoli may be found here .


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Scopa
Game of Scopa
  
Game of Scopa from L'Oro di Napoli   (1954)  
[The Gold of Naples]
Directed by Vittorio de Sica


Sunday, February 10, 2008 at 4:00 PM  
In Neapolitan with English subtitles   (17 min.)

Game of Scopa is a delightfully comedic short piece from The Gold of Naples in which De Sica plays a compulsive gambler, totally frustrated by his inability to beat a young boy (who doesn't even want to play) at the game of Scopa.

Additional information on The Gold of Naples may be found here .

  
Ferdinando e Carolina
Ferdinando e Carolina


  
Ferdinando e Carolina   (1999)  
Directed by Lina Wertmüller


Sunday February 24, 2008 at 4:00 P.M.  
In Italian with English subtitles     (108 min.)

Ferdinando ruled Naples and The Two Sicilies (1759-1825) with several titles as his political fortunes varied. This libertine comedy describes how the throne is thrust on this fun-loving and vulgar youngster. We also see the political power moves by Maria Teresa of Austria, his mother-in-law. While the young, oafish, and virile Ferdinando (Sergio Assisi) was running about hunting and chasing women, his focused and able wife, Carolina (Gabriella Pession) was attending to the kingdom. The story is told in a series of flashbacks running through the mind of Ferdinando on his death bed in 1825. He is tormented by the ghosts of his past. The film is very rich in cinematography, period costumes, earthy humor, and language which ranges from the street dialect of Ferdinando, through the formal language of his court, to the German accented Italian of Carolina.

Additional information on Ferdinando e Carolina may be found here .


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Scugnizzi
Scugnizzi


  
Scugnizzi     [Neapolitan Street Children]    (1989)  
Directed by Nanni Loy


Sunday March 9, 2008 at 4:00 P.M.
In Neapolitan with No English subtitles   (119 min.)

Scugnizzi is a very appealing musical which depicts some of the sadder aspects of Neapolitan poverty as the boys of a reformatory put on a show. The real-life tragedies of the boys and their families are intercut with the stage show at the San Carlo Opera House. Reminiscent of the work of Andrew Lloyd Webber, the music of Claudio Mattone and dance routines make this well directed film by Nanni Loy quite entertaining. Mattone's music has won David di Donatello, Venice Film Festival, and Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Awards. Many of these fine songs have become staples of Sorrento Radio on the Internet.

Additional information on the Sound Track and YouTube links to some of the songs are located here .

Additional information on Scugnizzi may be found here .


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Un Difetto di Famiglia
Un Difetto di Famiglia


  
Un Difetto di Famiglia    [A Family Flaw]   (2002) 
Written and Directed by Alberto Simone


Sunday March 30, 2008 at 4:00 P.M.
In Italian with English subtitles   (108 min.)

This warm, beautiful comedy is well told and beautifully filmed. It deals with the reunion of two brothers, Francesco (Nino Manfredi) and Nicola (Lino Banfi) who have been estranged for 40 years because of Francesco's publically declared homosexuality. They come together to honor their mother's request that they both take her remains home for burial in Southern Italy. During the trip, much is discovered about the misunderstandings that led to their long separation.

Additional information on Un Difetto di Famiglia may be found here .


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Le Conseguenze Dell'Amore
Le Conseguenze Dell'Amore


  
Le Conseguenze Dell'Amore
[The Consequences of Love]
   (2004)  
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino


Sunday April 13, 2008 at 4:00 P.M.
In Italian with English subtitles   (100 min.)

This film won 2005 David di Donatello awards for Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Actor, and Cinematography, and a comparable set of awards from the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists. This is not an average mafia film. That storyline is pretty much in the background and emerges slowly and relatively late in the film. It is the life of a secretive, middle-aged man, trapped in an existence he was forced to live.

Additional information on Le Conseguenze Dell'Amore may be found here .


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