Cinema Lanzafame

Spring 2013 Film Series
at   the
Casa Italiana,
Nazareth·College of Rochester, NY


The Spring 2013 Film Series continues our dedication to an appreciation of Italian Language and Culture through Film. All films are free of charge, open to the public and shown Sunday afternoons at 3:00 PM at Nazareth's Casa Italiana.

Additional Films will be scheduled monthly from January through June on the Third Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the IACC, the Italian American Community Center.

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 2013 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 (English subtitles) Duration Director Release
Jan. 17 7:00 p.m. IACC Concorrenza Sleale      [Unfair Competition] 110 min. Ettore Scola 2001
Jan. 20 3:00 p.m. CASA Pane, Amore E Fantasia      [Bread, Love, and Dreams] 89 min. Luigi Comencini 1953
Feb. 3 3:00 p.m. CASA Piscatore E Pusilleco      No Subtitles
Napoli Che Canta     
No Subtitles
80 min.
34 min.
Giorgio Capitani
Roberto Roberti
1954
1926
Feb. 17 3:00 p.m. CASA Benvenuti Al Sud      [ Welcome To The South] 101 min. Luca Miniero 2010
Feb. 21 7:00 p.m. IACC Pane E Cioccolata      [Bread and Chocolate] 110 min. Franco Brusati 1973
Mar. 3 3:00 p.m. CASA La Cena      [The Dinner] 121 min. Ettore Scola 1998
Mar. 17 3:00 p.m. CASA Baarìa      Bagheria 150 min. Giuseppe Tornatore 2009
Mar. 21 7:00 p.m. IACC Il Cuore Altrove      [The Heart is Elsewhere] 107 min. Pupi Avati 2003
Apr. 7 3:00 p.m. CASA La Marcia Su Roma      [The March On Rome] 90 min. Dino Risi 1962
Apr. 18 7:00 p.m. IACC Un Difetto di Famiglia      [A Family Flaw] 108 min. Alberto Simone 2002
May. 16 7:00 p.m. IACC L'Armata Brancaleone      [For Love and Gold] 90 min. Mario Monicelli 1966
Jun. 20 7:00 p.m. IACC Salvatore Giuliano 123 min. Francesco Rosi 1961









  
Concorrenza Sleale
Concorrenza Sleale


  
Concorrenza Sleale   (2001)
Directed by Ettore Scola


Thursday January 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.  
with English subtitles  (105 min.)

The emergence of state-sanctioned anti-Semitism in Fascist Italy sets the stage for this historical drama. The competition is between an Italian tailor and a next door Jewish-Italian haberdasher. The rivalry builds until the racial laws intervene, and the Italian sees his neighbor slowly stripped of his property, rights, and dignity. Scola again examines a wider historical event through its effect on individuals. This film was nominated for a number of awards including Best Music, Cinematography, Screenwriting and Best Actor; it won a 2001 Donatello for Best Production and Moscow Film Festival for Best Director.

Additional information on Concorrenza Sleale may be found here .


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PaneAmore
Pane Amore Fantasia


  
Pane, Amore E Fantasia (Bread, Love, and Dreams)     (1953)
Directed by Luigi Comencini


Sunday January 20, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
with English subtitles   (84 min.)

Italian Gina Lollobrigida was catapulted to international fame with this 1953 film. She is a feisty country girl from Italy's Ciociaria area, and is know as Pizzicarella la Bersagliera. During the course of the film, she is pursued by the new maresciallo, a lascivious woman-chaser played delightfully by Vittorio De Sica. Lollobrigida is also courted by a young carabiniere from the North. Amorous complications ensue. The cast also includes Marisa Merlini as the midwife, who is also pursued by the maresciallo. The unique, marvelous character actress Tina Pica, has a smaller role.

Additional information on Pane, Amore E Fantasia may be found here .


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Piscatore 'e Pusilleco
Piscatore 'e Pusilleco


  
Piscatore 'e Pusilleco
[Pescatore Di Posillipo]     (1954)

Directed by Giorgio Capitani


Sunday February 3, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian with NO English subtitles   (80 min.)

Salvatore is a young and honest fisherman from Posillipo who loses his fishing boat to debt. The film is a vehicle for Giacomo Rondinella who was at the peak of his singing career. Giorgio Capitani is at the beginning of his long film career.

Additional information on Piscatore 'e Pusilleco may be found here .

  
NapoliCheCanta
Napoli Che Canta


  
Napoli Che Canta
(When Naples Sings)     (1926)

Directed by Roberto Roberti


Sunday February 3, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian with NO English subtitles   (34 min.)

This is a beautiful silent tribute to Naples of 1926. The film was preserved by the George Eastman House.

Additional information on Napoli Che Canta may be found here .


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La Bella Mugnaia
Benvenuti Al Sud


  
Benvenuti Al Sud  
(Welcome To The South)
  (2010)  
Directed by Luca Miniero


Sunday February 17, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. 
In Italian with English subtitles   (102 min.)

The idiosyncrasies of language and custom between Milan and Naples make for a witty and human story. Covered with prejudices, Alberto, a postal inspector, was transferred to Naples from Milano, the land of the Comorra, waste, and southerners. He cries on the transfer, but soon discovers a warm affection from the people that try to smooth his transition to the south. In the end, he also cries on his return north in leaving the warmth he found there.

Additional information on Benvenuti Al Sud may be found here .



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Pane E Cioccolata
Pane E Cioccolata


  
Pane E Cioccolata
(Bread and Chocolate)     (1973)

Directed by Franco Brusati


Thursday February 21, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.   at the IACC
In Italian   with English subtitles   (100 min.)

Starring Nino Manfredi, an Italian immigrant tries to become a member of Swiss society but fails as a waiter and even as a chicken plucker. He then becomes involved with shady wealthy character and tries to hide his Italian identity. He refuses to give up no matter how awful his situation. The film also stars Anna Karina and Johnny Dorelli.

Additional information on Pane E Cioccolata may be found here .


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La Cena
La Cena


  
La Cena
(The Dinner)     (1998)

Directed by Ettore Scola


Sunday March 3, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian   with English subtitles   (121 min.)

An evening at an Italian restaurant. Hosted by tolerant and relaxed Flora, various parties of middle-class people come in -- large and small, young and old, regulars and tourists, married and single -- to dine, converse, argue, celebrate, make confessions; to overhear other people's discussions, to interrupt them, to sing, listen to music, and enjoy life. The camera, just like the people, moves constantly from table to table, into the kitchen and the back room to observe the staff's petty jealousies and frustrations -- until two hours later it's time for everybody to go home.

Additional information on La Cena may be found here .


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Baarìa
Baarìa


  
Baarìa
(Bagheria)
  (2009)  
Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore


Sunday March 17, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
In Italian with English subtitles   (150 min.)

This sentimental epic begins in the 1920's, in the Sicilian town of Bagheria (a.k.a. Baarìa) where Giuseppe Torrenuova works as a shepherd to financially help his poor family. Over the next 50 years, Giuseppe grows up, joins the Communist Party, marries a local girl, has children, and forges a political career. The movie is about love, marriage, growing up and growing old, poverty and exploitation, the Mafia, agrarian reform, the rise and fall of fascism, the conflict between communism and Catholicism, the weight of tradition, and the slowness of social change.

Additional information on Baarìa may be found here .


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Il Cuore Altrove
Il Cuore Altrove


  
Il Cuore Altrove
(The Heart Is Elsewhere)     (2003)

Directed by Pupi Avati


Thursday March 21, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
In Italian with English subtitles   (107 min.)

Nello (Neri Marcorè), a 35-year-old teacher of Greek and Latin, is sent to Bologna by his father, Cesare (Giancarlo Giannini), the owner of the Papal tailor's shop in Rome. His father hopes Nello will find a wife in Bolgna and produce an heir for the business. After several unsuccessful efforts, Nello meets Angela, an exuberant, beautiful young blind girl with whom he falls hopelessly in love. The girl's father and Nello's parents do not approve of the relationship, but the real problem is Angela's temperament. The film's focus is Nello and his attempts to find a wife. The cinematography is breath taking. This fine film won a number of awards and nominations for Best Director and Best Original Story by Pupi Avati and Best Actor by Neri Marcorè.


Additional information on Il Cuore Altrove may be found here .

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La Marcia Su Roma
La Marcia Su Roma


  
La Marcia Su Roma
(The March on Rome)    (1962)

Directed by Dino Risi


Sunday April 7, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian with English subtitles     (90 min.)

Mussolini's March on Rome is described through the eyes of two naive black shirt recruits, Vittorio Gassman and Ugo Tognazzi. The duo make their way to the capital along with many others. Several misadventures highlight the trip, providing opportunities for comedy as well as a certain amount of ironic commentary on the political nuances of the march. The main theme is the betrayal of the promises of the Fascist party.

Additional information on La Marcia Su Roma 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


Thursday April 18, 2013 at 7:00 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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L' Armata Brancaleone
L' Armata Brancaleone


  
L' Armata Brancaleone [ For Love and Gold)    (1966)  
Directed by Mario Monicelli


Thursday May 16, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
In Italian with English subtitles   (90 min.)

Written by Agenore Incrocci, Mario Monicelli, and Furio Scarpelli, this surrealistic medieval comedy is a masterpiece and reminiscent of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail". It stars Vittorio Gassman as Brancaleone da Norcia. A group of rogues steal a scroll granting its bearer the property of the land of Aurocastro in Apulia. They elect a shaggy knight, Brancaleone from Norcia, as their leader, and decide to get possession of this supposedly wealthy land. The characters are unforgettable and the reconstitution of the Middle Ages is impressive. Many adventures occur during the journey.

Additional information on L' Armata Brancaleone may be found here .


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Salvatore Giuliano
Salvatore Giuliano


  
Salvatore Giuliano     (1961)
Directed by Francesco Rosi


Thursday June 20, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Italian with English subtitles   (123 min.)

On July 5, 1950, the body of bandit Salvatore Giuliano is found in an alley. Giuliano had been a leader of a separatist movement formed after allied forces released control of Italy back to Rome following World War II. The official version of the killing was that Giuliano was gunned down in a shoot-out with carabinieri trying to arrest him for his involvement in the massacre of communists celebrating May Day at Portella della Ginestra in 1947.

This film gave Rosi international recognition for his unique style of film making. The film is less about who killed the Sicilian bandit than the collusion between the government, the military, and the Mafia in the postwar struggle for control of Sicily.

Additional information on Salvatore Giuliano may be found here .


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