Cinema Lanzafame

Spring 2011 Film Series
at   the
Casa Italiana,
Nazareth College of Rochester, NY


The Spring 2011 Film Series consists of a variety of fine films, including three comedies, shown Sunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. in the lounge of the Casa Italiana at Nazareth College.

Additional Films will be scheduled occasionally on Thursday Evenings at 7:00 p.m. 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.

Casa Italiana 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 2011 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. 23 3:00 p.m.
CASA
Una Giornata Particolare
[A Special Day]
105 min. Ettore Scola Italian with English subtitles
Feb. 6 3:00 p.m.
CASA
La Bisbetica Domata
[The Taming of the Shrew]
80 min. Ferdinando Maria Poggioli Italian with NO English subtitles
Feb. 17 7:00 p.m.
IACC
Johnny Stecchino [Johnny Toothpick] 102 min. Roberto Benigni Italian with English subtitles
Feb. 20 3:00 p.m.
CASA
Il Pranzo Di Ferragosto
[Mid-August Lunch]
102 min. Gianni Di Gregorio Italian with English subtitles
Mar. 6 3:00 p.m.
CASA
In Nome del Popolo Sovrano
[In the Name of the Sovereign People]
110 min. Luigi Magni Italian with NO English subtitles
Mar. 20 3:00 p.m.
CASA
Vincere [Win] 124 min. Marco Bellocchio Italian with English subtitles
Apr. 3 3:00 p.m.
CASA
L'Oro di Napoli
[The Gold of Naples]
136 min. Vittorio de Sica Italian with English subtitles







  
Una Giornata Particolare
Una Giornata Particolare


  
Una Giornata Particolare
(A Special Day]     (1977)

Directed by Ettore Scola


Sunday January 23, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian   with English subtitles   (105 min.)

This award winning film by Ettore Scola is set in May 1938 on the occasion of a meeting between Mussolini and Hitler in Rome. Sophia Loren is left alone in her housing complex when her fascist husband and six children attend the historic event. She strikes up a friendship with her homosexual neighbor, Marcello Mastroianni. As the day progresses, Loren and Mastroianni develop a very special relationship. This is a beautifully crafted, simple yet powerful film about fascism, love, ordinary people and most importantly, the human condition.

Additional information on Una Giornata Particolare may be found here .


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La Bisbetica Domata
La Bisbetica Domata


  
La Bisbetica Domata
(The Taming of the Shrew)     (1942)

Directed by Ferdinando Maria Poggioli


Sunday February 6, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
Italian with NO English subtitles   (80 min.)

This version of William Shakespeare's comedy, "The Taming of the Shrew" stars Amedeo Nazzari as Petruccio and Lilia Silvi as Catina. It is set in Italy of the 1940s but retains all the comedy and spirit of the original. Having returned from a trip to America, Petrucio marries Catina, daughter of a tailor -- young and of indomitable and independent spirit, she rebels at every manner of constraint. She resists her husband by all means, but Petruccio responds with patience and cleverness, thwarting her rebellion and ultimately rendering her compliant.

Additional information on La Bisbetica Domata may be found here .


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Johnny Stecchino
Johnny Stecchino


  
Johnny Stecchino
(Johnny Toothpick]     (1991)

Directed Roberto Benigni


Thursday February 17, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.   at the IACC
In Italian   with English subtitles   (102 min.)

Good hearted but not very wordly-wise, Dante (Roberto Benigni) is happy driving the school bus for a group of mentally handicapped children, while feeling he is somehow missing out on life and love. So he is very excited when after nearly being knocked down by her car he meets Maria (Nicoletta Braschi), who seems immediately enamoured of him. He is soon invited to her sumptuous Palermo villa, little suspecting that this is part of a plot. He bears an amazing likeness to Maria's stool-pigeon gangster husband and it would be convenient for them if the mobster, in the shape of Dante, was seen to be dead and buried.

Additional information on Johnny Stecchino may be found here .


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Il Pranzo Di Ferragosto
Il Pranzo Di Ferragosto


  
Il Pranzo Di Ferragosto
(Mid-August Lunch)     (2008)

Directed by Gianni Di Gregorio


Sunday February 20, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian with English subtitles   (75 min.)

The Italian holiday of Ferragosto finds a cash-strapped, mid-sixties man living at home with his mother. His landlord and doctor, to whom he is indebted, convince him to care for their elderly relatives over the holiday. Four mismatched, elderly Italian women at the same table make for an awkward, hilarious, and touching mid-August lunch. This first directorial effort by screenwriter Gianni Di Gregorio (who also plays the care giver) has won a number of awards. The film will be followed by a 27 min. visit to the homes of these four remarkable, over 80 actresses.

Additional information on Il Pranzo Di Ferragosto may be found here .


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In Nome del Popolo Sovrano
In Nome del Popolo Sovrano


  
In Nome del Popolo Sovrano
(In the Name of the Sovereign People)     (1990)

Directed by Luigi Magni


Sunday March 6, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
Italian with NO English subtitles   (110 min.)

This fine historical film deals with the 1849 Independent Republic of Rome, one of the brief chapters on the road to Italian Unification. This Republic ended with the French army's restoration of the temporal power of Pope Pius IX. When the French captured Rome, the front liners fled to Venice, and many of these Republicans were caught and executed, including Giovanni Livraghi, Ciceruacchio (played by Nino Manfredi), and Ugo Bassi. The film presents the birth of the feelings of being Italian in an historical period when Italy as a nation did not exist. It also provides an appreciation of the beauty of Rome, its ancient palaces, and the Italian landscape.

Additional information on In Nome del Popolo Sovrano may be found here .


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Vincere
Vincere


  
Vincere (Win)     (2009)
Directed by Marco Bellocchio


Sunday March 20, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian with English subtitles   (124 min.)

This film focuses on the tragic life of Ida Dalser, Mussolini's first wife, played by Giovanna Mezzogiorno, in an award winning performance. Although it was known Mussolini had had a relationship with Ida Dalser, the evidence for a marriage and the existence of their son was only brought to light in 2001 by a local historian in northern Italy. Ms. Dalser sold her beauty salon near Trento to help Mussolini, who was then a leftwing journalist, establish his own newspaper. She never saw him after he left for World War I. When he gained power and needed an accommodation with the Vatican, his liaison and its offspring became an embarrassment. Fascist officials destroyed much of the documentary evidence. But a certificate survived showing that Mussolini was ordered to pay maintenance to "his wife Ida Dalser and their child".

Additional information on Vincere may be found here .


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L' Oro di Napoli
L' Oro di Napoli


  
L' Oro di Napoli
(The Gold of Naples)    (1954)

Directed by Vittorio De Sica


Sunday April 3, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian with English subtitles     (136 min.)

This classic anthology is a beautifully restored version of the full six episodes depicting various aspects of Neapolitan life with emphasis on poignancy and comedy. Written by Vittorio De Sica and Cesare Zavattini, it was based on Giuseppe Marotta's novel. 1. "The Racketeer" features Toto with a gangster as his unwanted house guest; 2. "Pizza On Credit" gave Sophia Loren one of her first starring roles, as a wayward wife who loses her wedding ring; 3. "Il Funeralino" features Teresa De Vita as the mother; 4. "The Gambler" stars De Sica in a hilarious performance as a compulsive gambler whose rich wife won't give him money, so he's reduced to playing cards with a young boy and losing; 5. "Theresa" features Silvana Mangano as a prostitute who discovers an alterior motive behind a man's desire to marry her; 6. "Il Professore" features Eduardo de Filippo and Tina Pica. "Il Funeralino" and "Il Professore" were frequently cut from presentations, particularly in the U.S.

Additional information on L' Oro di Napoli may be found here .


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