Spring 2009 Film Series
at   the
Casa Italiana,
Nazareth College of Rochester, NY

The Spring 2009 Film Series will consist of a variety of fine comedies, shown 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 Time Title Duration Director English Subtitles
Jan. 25 4:00 pm Il Postino (The Postman) 108 min. Michael Radford Italian with English subtitles
Feb. 8 4:00 pm Ferdinando [Ferdinand] 116 min. Giuseppe Bertolucci Neapolitan with NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Feb. 22 4:00 pm Mediterraneo [Mediterranean] 90 min. Gabriele Salvatores Italian with English Subtitles
Mar. 8 4:00 pm Napoli Milionaria [Side Street Story] 92 min. Eduardo De Filippo Neapolitan with NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Mar. 22 4:00 pm La Leggenda di Al, John, e Jack
[The Legend of Al, John, and Jack ]
105 min. Aldo, Giacomo, Giovanni, Massimo Venier Italian with English subtitles
Apr. 19 4:00 pm La Via Degli Angeli [A Midsummer Night's Dance] 120 min. Pupi Avati Italian with English subtitles

Il Postino
Il Postino

Il Postino    [The Postman]   1994  
Directed by Michael Radford

Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 4:00 PM
In Italian   with English subtitles   (108 min.)

Mario (Massimo Troisi) lives in an isolated fishing village. He takes a job delivering mail to Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda (Philippe Noiret), who is living in exile for his communist views. The two become friends, and Neruda's poetry has a strong influence on Mario, especially when he falls in love with the beautiful Beatrice (Maria Grazia Cucinotta). Mario expresses himself with the help of Neruda's metaphors. Later, Neruda returns to Chile and the two marry and have a son. Many years later, Neruda returns as a tourist to discover what has become of Mario and the influence he had on this poor postman. This fine film won a number of awards.

Additional information on Il Postino may be found here .

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Ferdinando [Ferdinand]   (2004)
Directed by Giuseppe Bertolucci

Sunday February 8, 2009 at 4:00 P.M.  
In Neapolitan with NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES   (116 min.)

In an impoverished villa near Vesuvius, before the Italian Army's taking of Rome and after the fall of the Bourbon Kingdom, Donna Clotilde (Isa Daniele), a Bourbonista Baroness, seeks refuge in bed. Her Neapolitan dialect is a mark of contempt for the new middle class. Donna Clotilde is wealthy, but political change in Italy has altered her place in society. Rather than be snubbed in Rome, she feigns illness, and has retreated to the countryside. She is accompanied only by her poor cousin, donna Gesualda, who is employed as her nurse. Donna Gesualda becomes involved with the handsome priest, Don Catellino, who is a frequent visitor. Ferdinando, a con-man, arrives scheming for the fortune the baroness is alleged to possess. Using his sexual allure to entangle the baroness, her cousin, and the priest, he then employs his intimacies to inspire the two women to murder the priest. This fine stage play was written by Annibale Ruccello and boasts an exceptional performance by Isa Daniele with her native Neapolitan dialect.

Additional information on Ferdinando may be found here .
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Directed by Gabriele Salvatores

Sunday, February 22, 2009 at 4:00 P.M.
In Italian   with English subtitles   (90 min.)

This WWII comedy opens when a handful of Italian soldiers are left on a small Greek island to spot enemy shipping and hold the island in case of attack. Their ship is destroyed by the enemy and they are forgotten on this island. The village appears deserted, but eventually the Greek inhabitants see the Italians are harmless and emerge from hiding to resume their quiet lives. The Italians soon find that being abandoned isn't a bad thing as the island provides anything they could want -- drink, drugs, prostitutes, sun, sand, and sea. They resolve to make the best of it and wait for the end of the war. With some brief nudity, this film won the 1992 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and a number of David di Donatello Awards including Best Film

Additional information on Mediterraneo may be found here .

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Napoli Milionaria
Napoli Milionaria

Napoli Milionaria
[Side Street Story]
Directed by Eduardo De Filippo

Sunday March 8, 2009 at 4:00 P.M.
In Neapolitan with NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES   (92 min.)

Based on one of Eduardo De Filippo's most brilliant plays, this film boasts the genius of Eduardo, and the extraordinary acting of TotÚ. It describes the ordinary people from a Naples side street from 1940 to 1950 under the dominance of the Fascists, the Nazis, and the Allied occupation forces. These families reside in the filthy, poor, and crowded regions of Naples where the sun never rises and life is ten times more intense than normal. Among the citizens is Gennaro Iovine (Eduard De Filippo) who has a penchant for innocently getting into trouble, and his friend Pasquale (TotÚ.) The latter is a rail-sweeper who becomes a professional stand-in -- a corpse used to conceal contraband, serving jail time for those who don't care to waste their time, a substitute at a political rally when violence threatens the scheduled speaker, etc. This classic film was nominated for the 1951 Grand Prize of the Festival at Cannes.

Additional information on Napoli Milionaria may be found here .

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La Leggenda di Al, John e Jack
La Leggenda di Al, John e Jack

La Leggenda di Al, John e Jack
(The Legend of Al, John, and Jack)
Directed by Aldo, Giacomo, Giovanni, Massimo Venier

Sunday March 22, 2009 at 4:00 P.M.
In Italian with English subtitles   (105 min.)

Al Caruso, John Gresco and Jack Amoruso are three gangsters working for the Genovese family. Classic bunglers, nothing they attempt ever goes well including killing the wrong target. Their boss gives them one last chance which is to protect his aunt, but she is accidentally killed and the three are sentenced to death. They come up with a plan to sell the boss to the police and the FBI. Al suffers from short-term memory loss and has to be told the story repeatedly by John and Jack. This is truly an entertaining film in which delicate humor mingles with slapstick-styled scenes. While the film is set in NYC, and includes a nice collection of 1950s cars (the gangster mobile is an Edsel) and the sound track is filled with American jazz, the rest of the film is 100% Italian, even John Cameron Swayze reading TV news in Italian.

Additional information on La Leggenda di Al, John e Jack may be found here .

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La Via Degli Angeli
La Via Degli Angeli

La Via Degli Angeli
(A Midsummer Night's Dance)
Directed by Pupi Avati

Sunday April 19, 2009 at 4:00 P.M.
In Italian with English subtitles     (120 min.)

This ensemble drama by Pupi Avati is set against a backdrop of rural Italy near Bologna in the 1930s. It details the lives of people living in this rural area, getting ready for the big dance. Young Ines (Valentina Cervi) is hired as a secretary by an antique dealer. She soon finds herself falling for the man's feckless son Angelo (Libero De Rienzo). Although he doesn't seem to notice her, she dreams of meeting him at the annual dance. Meanwhile, Loris' lovelorn loser brother (Gianni Cavina) tries to round up bachelors for the dance. The extensive preparations by young men and young women for this very special affair is a quite amusing. The day after the dance, a few have found partners to marry while the others return home. The cast of characters is strong, and this charming portrayal of simpler times makes for an enjoyable film. Pupi and his brother Antonio won awards for best screenplay.

Additional information on La Via Degli Angeli may be found here .

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