Cinema Lanzafame

Spring 2010 Film Series
at   the
Casa Italiana,
Nazareth College of Rochester, NY


The Spring 2010 Film Series consists of a variety of fine films shown Sunday afternoons at 4:00 PM at Nazareth. These films will be shown in the lounge of the Casa Italiana

Another Film Series, "The Films of Gianni Amelio", will be presented by Drs. Maria Rosaria Vitti-Alexander and Stella Plutino-Calabrese, consisting of lectures on Wednesdays at 6:00 PM followed by a showing of one of Amelio's films in the Casa Italiana lounge. A table of these films follows my table below.

Additional Films will be scheduled occasionally on Friday Evenings at 7:00 PM at the IACC, the Italian American Community Center. When dates are known, they will be added to this web page.

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

LOCATIONS:

Casa is the lounge on the ground floor of the Casa Italiana at Nazareth College.

IACC, the Italian American Community Center, 150 Frank DiMino Way [ formerly Marconi Blvd.] 14624
   [Off Manitou Road, 0.4 miles North of Buffalo Road between Buffalo Rd. (Route 33) and Route 531 ]


The Spring 2010 Films are listed in the following table and a brief description of each film is provided here , or just click the title of interest in the table.


Date
Time
Location
Title Duration Director English Subtitles
Jan. 15 7:00 pm
  IACC
Sotto...Sotto... [Softly Softly] 104 min. Lina Wertmüller Italian with English subtitles
Jan. 24 4:00 pm
  Casa
Notturno Bus [Night Bus] 105 min. Davide Marengo Italian with English subtitles
Feb. 7 4:00 pm
  Casa
Così Parlò Bellavista [Thus Spoke Bellavista] 100 min. Luciano De Crescenzo Neapolitan with NO English subtitles
Feb. 21 4:00 pm
  Casa
Quando Sei Nato, Non Puoi Più Nasconderti
[Once You're Born You Can No Longer Hide]
115 min. Marco Tullio Giordana Italian with English subtitles
Mar. 7 4:00 pm
  Casa
Assunta Spina 122 min. Riccardo Milani Italian & Neapolitan with NO English subtitles
Mar. 21 4:00 pm
  Casa
Saturno Contro [Saturn in Opposition] 110 min. Ferzan Ozpetek Italian with English subtitles
Apr. 18 4:00 pm
  Casa
I Girasoli [Sunflowers] 103 min. Vittorio De Sica Italian with English subtitles
May 7 7:00 pm
  IACC
La Famiglia (The Family) 129 min. Ettore Scola Italian with English subtitles



The Films of Gianni Amelio are listed in the following table: Additional information on each of these films is listed at the Internet Movie Database IMDB.com under the works of    Gianni Amelio

Date
Time
Location
Title Duration Director English Subtitles
Jan. 20 6:00 pm
  Casa
Il Ladro Dei Bambini [ The Stolen Children ] 114 min. Gianni Amelio Italian with English subtitles
Feb. 3 6:00 pm
  Casa
Porte Aperte [ Open Doors] 109 min. Gianni Amelio Italian with English subtitles
Feb. 17 6:00 pm
  Casa
Così Ridevano [ The Way We Laughed ] 108 min. Gianni Amelio Italian with English subtitles
Mar 3 6:00 pm
  Casa
Le Chiavi di Casa [ The Keys to the House ] 108 min. Gianni Amelio Italian with English subtitles
Mar. 6 3:00 pm
  Casa
The Films of Gianni Amelio   Lecture by
Dr. Antonio Vitti
In English
Mar. 24 6:00 pm
  Casa
Lamerica 111 min. Gianni Amelio Italian with English subtitles
Apr. 14 6:00 pm
  Casa
La Stella Che Non C'è [ The Missing Star ] 102 min. Gianni Amelio Italian with English subtitles


  
Sotto Sotto
Sotto... Sotto...


  
Sotto... Sotto... Strapazzato Da Anomala Passione
(Softly, Softly)
  (1984)  
Directed by Lina Wertmüller


Friday, January 15, 2010 at 7:00 PM at IACC
In Italian with English subtitles   (104 min.)

While walking in a garden of statues of women, Ester (Veronica Lario) and her friend Adele (Luisa De Santis) see two women kissing in the window of one of the structures and are shocked by the sight. Ester then dreams of kissing Adele and later imagines making love to her while she is in the arms of Oscar, her husband who is a Roman carpenter. She confesses her passion to Adele and also tells Oscar that she loves another.

This hilarious comedy pushes every macho stereotype as Oscar, in a delightfully comedic performance by Enrico Montesano, finds that jealousy rules his every waking moment. He assumes it is a man, and he begs Adele to help him discover this rival's identity. He is consumed with discovering who is responsible for le corna which he wears. Eventually Ester tells him she loves a woman. This provokes an hillarious, drunken rage and he is more determined than ever to discover who is responsible for this alienation of his wife's affection. The plot builds to a riotous conclusion when Oscar discovers that the woman in question is Ester's best friend, Adele.

The attractive garden setting is the Villa dei Mostri at Bomarzo (the park is about 90 minutes north of Rome). Once the backyard of the Villa Orsini, this 16th-century sculpture garden was built by the same sculptors who worked on St. Peter's. The rest of the setting for the film is an old section of Rome. The Cinematography is beautifully done.

Additional information on Sotto Sotto may be found here .


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Notturno Bus
Notturno Bus


  
Notturno Bus    [Night Bus]   (2007)  
Directed by Davide Marengo


Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 4:00 PM
In Italian   with English subtitles   (105 min.)

Night Bus is an entertaining, well-structured crime comedy in which a microchip with incriminating evidence is sought by thugs. A former secret agent, Ennio Fantastichini, is paid an enormous sum to retrieve the chip. Femme fatale, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, walks off with the chip and is pursued by two groups; meanwhile, she uses a gullible, gambling-addicted bus driver, Valerio Mastandrea, in a cross-country getaway.

Additional information on Notturno Bus may be found here .


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Farinelli
Così Parlò Bellavista


  
Così Parlò Bellavista [Thus Spoke Bellavista]   (1984)
Directed by Luciano De Crescenzo


Sunday February 7, 2010 at 4:00 P.M.  
Neapolitan with NO English subtitles   (100 min.)

Written, directed, and starring Luciano De Crescenzo , "Thus Spoke Bellavista," is a collection of Neapolitan vignettes, united by the philosophy of Gennaro Bellavista. He is a retired professor of philosophy, whose friends, neighbors, and co-Neapolitans we encounter. The film begins with the arrival from Milan of Dr. Cazzaniga (Renato Scarpa), who is transferred to Naples. His rational, logical, methodically northern Italian style comes into direct conflict with the classic idiosyncrasies, mannerisms and color of Naples. The film is replete with numerous minor characters, their mannerisms, facial expressions and Neapolitan characteristics. This film was never released in the US. (Notes by G. DeLuca)

Additional information on Così Parlò Bellavista may be found here .


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Once You're Born
Quando Sei Nato, Non Puoi Più Nasconderti


  
Quando Sei Nato, Non Puoi Più Nasconderti
[Once You're Born You Can No Longer Hide]
  (2005)  
Directed by Marco Tullio Giordana


Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 4:00 P.M.
In Italian with English subtitles   (115 min.)

Ten year old Sandro (Matteo Gadola) lives comfortably with his parents in Brescia where his father owns a factory. On a yachting trip with his dad, he falls overboard during the night. The director conveys the genuine feeling of desolation as the yacht moves away leaving the boy in darkness. As Sandro begins to sink, he is scooped on to an over-crowded barge of Third World misery run by two brutal Sicilian smugglers. Sandro is befriended by a young Romanian and his sister. This encounter with pan-cultural, clandestine immigrants with regional accents opens a new world for Sandro, providing for his re-birth, reflecting the title. When the carabinieri capture the illegal immigrants, Sandro prevails upon his father to help his new friends. The film is divided into two distinct halves--the first focuses on a wealthy Italian family, while the second plunges into the degradation of Third World refugees.

Additional information on Quando Sei Nato, Non Puoi Più Nasconderti may be found here .


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Assunta Spina
Assunta Spina


  
Assunta Spina   (2006) 
Directed by Riccardo Milani


Sunday March 7, 2010 at 4:00 P.M.
Italian & Neapolitan with NO English subtitles   (122 min.)

Salvatore Di Giacomo's stage play, Assunta Spina, presents a view of early 1900s Naples. The heroine, Assunta Spina, a passionate, strong-willed, beautiful woman, is the only one in the laundry who knows how to read and write. She was taught by the journalist Matilde Serao, touched by the young woman's determination to pull herself out of poverty. Engaged to Salvatore, a sailor, Assunta is desired by Michele, a wealthy but violent butcher whose love is primitive and strong. When Salvatore sets to sea, abandoning her by a twist of fate, Assunta ends up in a relationship with Michele where gratitude and resentment are mixed. Their bond is stormy; blinded by jealousy, Michele disfigures her and ends up in prison. To keep Michele from being sent to a distant prison, Assunta becomes involved with an attorney who takes advantage of her. When he seeks to dump her, Michele, just released from prison, provides her revenge. This 2006 screenplay (starring Bianca Guaccero, Sergio Assisi, Lina Sastri, and Michele Placido) is a re-write of the original novel, resulting in a stronger heroine and more positive ending. The cinematography provides a beautiful image of turn-of-the-century Naples.

Additional information on Assunta Spina may be found here .


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Saturno Contro
Saturno Contro


  
Saturno Contro [Saturn in Opposition]    (2007)  
Directed by Ferzan Ozpetek


Sunday March 21, 2010 at 4:00 P.M.
In Italian with English subtitles   (110min.)

Ferzan Ozpetek's meditative, character-driven ensemble drama studies the interrelationships of a tightly-knit group of gay and straight friends in the period surrounding the premature death of one young man and the split of a married heterosexual couple. Reminiscent of "His Secret Life", Ozpetek neatly sets up a large group of friends with diverse backgrounds and relationships as we explore the effects of the death on these characters, excellently portrayed by these fine experienced actors (Stefano Accorsi, Margherita Buy, Pierfrancesco Favino, Serra Yilmaz, and Ennio Fantastichini).

Additional information on Saturno Contro may be found here .


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Girasoli
I Girasoli


  
I Girasoli   [Sunflowers]    (1970)  
Directed by Vittorio De Sica


Sunday April 18, 2010 at 4:00 P.M.
In Italian with English subtitles     (103 min.)

Sophia Loren stars as an Italian woman who marries Marcello Mastroianni 12 days before the outbreak of WWII. He has no desire to fight in the conflict and tries to fake insanity to avoid the draft. Officials see through the charade, and he is sent to the Russian front. He is found half-dead in the cold by a Russian peasant girl who takes him in, and they marry. Loren waits in vain for word on his fate as he is officially declared missing in action. She goes to Russia to try to find him, and she discovers him and his new wife. Returning home to Italy, she marries and has a son (played by her real-life son). But Mastroianni longs for her and returns to Italy to discuss a reconciliation. (by M Betzold, All Movie Guide)

Additional information on I Girasoli may be found here .


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La Famiglia
La Famiglia


  
La Famiglia (The Family)   (1987)  
Directed by Ettore Scola


Friday, May 7, 2010 at 7:00 PM at IACC  
In Italian with English Subtitles   (129 min.)

This beautiful film was a winner of nine David di Donatello awards and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. It features the writing talents of Ettore Scola and Furio Scarpelli. The film traces events in the life of Carlo (Vittorio Gassman) who was born into a very large upper- middle- class Italian family and grew to become the family's patriarch. We follow Carlo from his christening in 1906 to his 80th birthday party.

The film explores his relationships with younger brother Giulio, with wife Beatrice (Stefania Sandrelli), and with her sister Adriana (Fanny Ardant), whom Carlo loved as a young man and with whom he remained infatuated. As he dresses for his 80th birthday and generations of family arrive to celebrate, he reflects upon his past life. The entire 80 years is beautifully filmed exclusively in the family's home. The dynamics of these years and the changing social mores are seen through the characters that come and go.

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

Additional information on La Famiglia may be found here .




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