Cinema Lanzafame

Spring 2014 Film Series

at   the
Casa Italiana,
Nazareth·College of Rochester, NY

and the
The Italian American Community Center

The Spring 2014 Film Series continues our dedication to an appreciation of Italian Language and Culture through Film.   All films are free of charge and open to the public.

Casa Films are shown Sunday afternoons at 3:00 PM is the lounge on the ground floor of the Casa Italiana at Nazareth·College.

IACC Films will be scheduled monthly from January through June on the Third Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at
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 2014 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. 16 7:00 p.m. IACC Ieri, Oggi, Domani      [Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow] 119 min. Vittorio De Sica 1963
Jan. 26 3:00 p.m. CASA Anna 98 min. Alberto Lattuada 1951
Feb. 9 3:00 p.m. CASA Cento Giorni A Palermo      [One Hundred Days In Palermo] 102 min. Giuseppe Ferrara 1984
Feb. 20 7:00 p.m. IACC Viva L'Italia      [Garibaldi] 99 min. Roberto Rossellini 1960
Mar. 2 3:00 p.m. CASA Mi Manda Picone      [Picone Sent Me] 113 min. Nanni Loy 1984
Mar. 20 7:00 p.m. IACC Una Storia Qualunque      [An Ordinary Story]      No Subtitles 3:13 hr. Alberto Simone 2002
Mar. 30 2:00 p.m. CASA Noi Credevamo      [We Believed] 3:15 hr. Mario Martone 2011
Apr. 17 7:00 p.m. IACC Il Viaggio Di Capitan Fracassa      [Captain Fracassa's Journey] 127 min. Ettore Scola 1991
May. 15 7:00 p.m. IACC La Via Degli Angeli      [A Midsummer Night's Dance]   
120 min. Pupi Avati 1999
Jun. 19 7:00 p.m. IACC La Stazione      [The Statione]    92 min. Sergio Rubini 1990

Ieri, Oggi, Domani

Ieri, Oggi, Domani
[Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow]   (1963)  

Directed by Vittorio De Sica

Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM
In Italian with English subtitles   (92 min.)

The film consists of three vignettes. In the first, Sofia Loren is a black marketeer in Naples who discovers that a pregnant woman cannot be put in jail and so tries to maintain perpetual pregnancy. Poor fatigued husband Marcello Mastroianni is barely up to the task. The next episode has Loren as a rich Milanese who likes to plow into other people's cars. In the third episode,Loren is a Roman prostitute, while Mastroianni is her sex-crazed customer. This film won the 1965 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

Additional information on Ieri, Oggi, Domani may be found here .

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Anna     (1951)
Directed by Alberto Lattuada

Sunday January 26, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
with English subtitles   (98 min.)

Anna, Silvana Mangano, formerly a nightclub dancer who has become a hospital nurse, is about to become a nun. One day, she recognizes her former fiance, Raf Vallone, among her patients. Her troubled past returns. While engaged, she was raped by her boss, Vittorio Gassman, and defended by her fiance who killed the rapist. This tragedy disrupted her marriage plans and that caused her to enter the convent. In meeting her former fiance, she decides which path to take.

Additional information on Anna may be found here .

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Cento Giorni A Palermo

Cento Giorni A Palermo
[One Hundred Days In Palermo]     (1984)

Directed by Giuseppe Ferrara

Sunday February 9, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian with English subtitles   (102 min.)

In the late 1970s and early 80s, assassinations in Sicily get the attention of Communist deputy, Pio La Torre, who appeals to General Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa, Lino Ventura, to become prefect in Palermo and take on the Mafia. Dalla Chiesa used the same approach he used in hunting down the Red Brigade. Dalla Chiesa began to check out the banks suspected in laundering money for the mob. He was warned by a government minister, and when he refused to stop his three-month investigation, he and his wife were murdered.

Additional information on Cento Giorni A Palermo may be found here .

Viva L'Italia
Viva L'Italia   [Garibaldi]   (1960)  
Directed by Roberto Rossellini

Thursday, February 20, 2014  
In Italian with English subtitles   (99 min.)

Viva L'Italia is a tribute to the 100th anniversary of Garibaldi's campaign through Sicily and up the coast to Naples. It begins with plans for the campaign and follows Garibaldi until he turns over the Kingdom of Two Sicilies to King Vittorio Emanuele II of Piedmont. An excellent film, it is the only one that treats Garibaldi as an individual and provides some insight into his character.

My notes for this film are   here .

Additional information on Viva L'Italia may be found here .

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Mi Manda Picone

Mi Manda Picone   [Picone Sent Me] (1984)    
Directed by Nanni Loy

Sunday March 2, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. 
In Italian with English subtitles   (113 min.)

In this comedy, a petty crook, Giancarlo Giannini uses the name of a recently deceased protection-racketeer named Picone. He passes himself off as Picone's representative in order to pocket the protection money from various small businesses in Napoli. He develops a relationship with a young prostitute, Lina Sastri, whilst they both are sleeping on a mattress in a condemned inner-city slum. Tensions rise as this crook gets sucked deeper and deeper into the dirty world of the Napoletana Camorra gangs, whilst continuing to bluff the unsuspecting shopkeepers, occasionally landing headfirst in the Bay of Naples.

Additional information on Mi Manda Picone may be found here .

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Una Storia Qualunque
Una Storia Qualunque

Una Storia Qualunque
[An Ordinary Story]   (2002)
Directed by Alberto Simone

Thursday March 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.   at the IACC Italiana
Italian with NO English subtitles   (193 min.)

This is the exceptionally beautiful and heartwarming story of a man who leaves prison after 30 years for the homicide of his wife, which he did not commit. Michele (Nino Manfredi) finds himself alone in a city he no longer recognizes. He feels that prison is his only true home. Assisted by a young lawyer, Michele wants to find his children who were taken away when he was incarcerated. He manages to become the gardener in his children's home without being recognized. The film blends suspense with comedy, drama, and many heartwarming moments. Nino Manfredi dominates the screen with his subtle, beautiful performance. His strongest acting is without a spoken word, advancing the plot using only his eyes. This is every bit as charming a film as Un Difetto di Famiglia (both directed by his son-in-law with casting by his daughter) which we showed Spring 2008. It is anything but "An Ordinary Story".

Additional information on Una Storia Qualunque may be found here .

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Noi Credevamo
Noi Credevamo

Noi Credevamo   [We Believed]   (2011)
Directed by Mario Martone

Sunday March 30, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian   with English subtitles   (3:15 hr.)

Coinciding with Italy’s 150th anniversary celebration, this epic 19th-century drama tells the story of the country’s path to independence. Inspired by the nationalist writings of Giuseppe Mazzini, two noblemen and a Sicilian peasant become radicalized in the salons of Paris while they negotiate the perilous political waters between and among constituencies. Torn between the forces of radical democracy and monarchism, a conservative-leaning north and a more radical south, they forge ahead toward nationhood. The cast includes Luigi Lo Cascio, Toni Servillo and Fiona Shaw, Martone’s film is a must for history buffs.

Plot Summary For Noi Credevamo (We Believed)
The film opens in 1828 in Cilento (South of Salerno) with Angelo, Domenico and Salvatore who become members of Giuseppe Mazzini's "La Giovine Italia". While fictional, they are modeled after real persons. Note: Since several actors play these parts, pay attention to the names. The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies consists of Naples and Palermo.
The three decide to leave for Piedmont, stimulated by the ideals of Mazzini, Camillo Benso di Cavour and Garibaldi. They meet Cristina Belgiojoso seeking her help. They are in a hurry for the revolution while Cristina understands that the revolution must be built slowly.
Mazzini was forced into exile in England, after the failure of his revolutionary movements in Italy and in France.
Salvatore goes home for the birth of a son and is killed by Domenico who considers him a traitor.

1852-55 Domenico is imprisoned in the fortress at Montefusco near Naples for his revolutionary efforts when the uprisings ended in disaster with the First Italian War of Independence. Domenico is confronted by some political prisoners, and manages to keep his spirits until his release from prison.

1856-58 Mazzini concocts a plan against the Emperor Napoleon III to re-establish an Italian control of Piedmont, with the incentive to snatch the Veneto from the power of Austria. Angelo, with an other Mazzini follower, Felice Orsini. made an attempt on the French Emperor Napoleon III by throwing bombs at Napoleon. The plan had failed, and Angleo and Orsini are executed. Domenico, recently released from prison, witnesses the execution.

1862 After Garibaldi's unification of Italy, Domenico finally goes back to Cilento and then to join Garibaldi's disastrous Calabrian expedition in 1862. Domenico participated in the battle at Aspromonte and manages to survive the disaster. Domenico watches as Crispi becomes Italian Prime Minister and reflects on his efforts as "We Believed".

Additional information on Noi Credevamo may be found here .

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Il Viaggio di Capitan Fracassa
Il Viaggio di Capitan Fracassa

Il Viaggio di Capitan Fracassa
[The Voyage of Captain Fracassa]   (1991)
Directed by Ettore Scola

Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7:00 P.M.  
In Italian   (132 min.)

This romantic comedy is based on a French novel by Théophile Gautier and set in the early 17th century about an impoverished young aristocrat who falls in with a troupe of traveling actors. The cast is outstanding with Massimo Troisi's moving blend of naïveté and wisdom as the classical fool, Pulcinella, and Vincent Perez' impressive transformation as the insecure Baron de Sigognac, who becomes a lover and a performer of the theater. This is an exceptionally beautiful and entertaining film.

Additional information on Il Viaggio di Capitan Fracassa 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]   (1999)
Directed by Pupi Avati

Thursday May 15, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
In Italian with English subtitles     (90 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 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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La Stazione

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

Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 7:00 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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