Cinema Lanzafame

Spring 2015 Film Series

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

and the
The Italian American Community Center

The Spring 2015 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 2015 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. 15 7:00 p.m. IACC Ochi Chyornye      [Dark Eyes] 118 min. Nikita Mikhalkov 1987
Feb. 8 3:00 p.m. CASA Tutti A Casa      [Everybody Go Home] 117 min. Luigi Comencini 1960
Feb. 19 7:00 p.m. IACC
Cancelled Due To Weather
La Banda Degli Onesti      [The Band of Honest Men] 106 min. Camillo Mastrocinque 1956
Mar. 1 2:00 p.m. CASA Una Storia Qualunque      [An Ordinary Story] 3:15 hr. Alberto Simone 2002
Mar. 19 7:00 p.m. IACC Mediterraneo      [Mediterranean] 90 min. Gabriele Salvatores 1991
Mar. 29 3:00 p.m. CASA Mine Vaganti      [Loose Cannons] 110 min. Ferzan Ozpetek 2010
Apr. 16 7:00 p.m. IACC Lo Smemorato di Collegno      [The Amnesiac] 84 min. Sergio Corbucci 1962
Apr. 26 3:00 p.m. CASA Scusate Il Ritardo      [Sorry for Being Late] 108 min. Massimo Troisi 1982
May. 21 7:00 p.m. IACC Il Pranzo Di Ferragosto      [Mid-August Lunch]
75 + 27 min. Gianni Di Gregorio 2008
Jun. 18 7:00 p.m. IACC Matrimonio all'Italiana      [Marriage Italian Style] 95 min. Vittorio De Sica 1964


Ochi Chyornye [ Dark Eyes ]     (1987 )
Directed by Nikita Mikhalkov

Thursday January 15, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.   at the IACC
In Italian with English subtitles   (118 min.)

Aboard a ship late in the 19th-century, a middle-aged Italian, Romano, (Marcello Mastroianni) tells his story of love to a Russian. In a series of flashbacks filmed almost entirely in creams, whites, and ochers, the clownish and superfluous Romano leaves his wife's opulent home (Silvana Mangano) to visit a spa where he falls in love with a Russian woman (Marthe Keller) whose marriage is a horror. He pursues her into the Russian heartland and returns to Italy resolved to leave his wife and marry his love. His amazed and appreciative Russian listener then narrates a shorter story.

Marcello Mastroianni won several awards including David di Donatello in 1988 as best actor. The film won a Golden Globe award as Best Foreign Language Film.

Additional information on Dark Eyes (1987) may be found here .

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Tutti A Casa
Tutti A Casa

Tutti A Casa   [Everybody Go Home]   (1960)
Directed by Luigi Comencini

Sunday February 8, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.   at the Casa Italiana
In Italian with English subtitles   (117 min.)

Set during the Allied invasion of Italy in 1943, the Italian Prime Minister Badoglio surrendered, but the German Wehrmacht had not surrendered and considered the Italians deserters. The Italian military were left in the field with no orders and were surprised when the Germans begin to fire on them. They decide the war was over and they should just go home. The men discarded their uniforms and head southward. The film deals with the difficult journey home with problems presented by the Germans who want to send them to labor camps in Germany while remnants of the Fascists want them to continue the war.

A classic scene involves the sharing of polenta with a piece of sausage in the center of the table here .

A more detailed description may be found at here .

Additional information on Tutti A Casa may be found here .

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Banda Degli Onesti
La Banda Degli Onesti
La Banda Degli Onesti     [The Band of Honest Men]   (1956)  
Directed by Camillo Mastrocinque

Thursday February 19, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.   at the IACC
In Italian with English subtitles   (106 min.)
Cancelled Due To Weather

TotÚ, doorman of a condominium, obtains a set of plates for making counterfeit money. He and his friend become afraid and can only spend the originals. They decide that crime is not for them.

This film is a fine example of Italian comedy. It is an hilarious farce, full of funny details, crazy situations and characterizations. The immortal TotÚ is at his best in this entertaining burlesque. While TotÚ is the central character, Peppino de Filippo is another irresistible titan of Italian comedy. Comedy is all about timing and the timing here is flawless, thanks to the screenplay by Agenore Incrocci and Furio Scarpelli known as Age-Scarpelli.

Additional information on La Banda Degli Onesti may be found here .

Una Storia Qualunque
Una Storia Qualunque

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

Sunday March 1, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.   at the CASA Italiana
Italian with English subtitles   (3:15 hr   or   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. It is anything but "An Ordinary Story".

Additional information on Una Storia Qualunque may be found here .

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Directed by Gabriele Salvatores

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7:00 P.M.   at the IACC
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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Mine Vagant

Mine Vaganti     [Loose Cannons]   (2010)
Directed by Ferzan Ozpetek

Sunday March 29, 2015 at 3:00 P.M.   at the CASA Italiana
Italian with English subtitles   (110 min.)

Tommaso is the youngest son of a large, traditional southern Italian family operating a pasta-making business since the 1960s. He wants to study literature and lives with his boyfriend. Tommaso decides to tell the family the truth about himself. But when he is finally ready to come out in front of the entire family, his older brother, Antonio, preempts Tommasso's announcement. The father hides Antonio's revalation from the town. Tommaso must help with the pasta-making business and put off his own desires. His paternal grandmother, who started the factory, has long kept a secret of her own, This outstanding cast has earned many awards: 24 wins and 13 nominations.

Additional information on Mine Vaganti may be found here .

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Lo Smemorato di Collegno

Lo Smemorato di Collegno
[The Amnesiac]     (1962)

Directed by Sergio Corbucci

Thursday, April 16, 2015   at 7:00 p.m. at the IACC
In Italian with English subtitles   (84 min.)

The story takes inspiration from a real case in Italy in 1926. A man is hospitalized in a neurological clinic. He suffers from amnesia. A woman, after seeing his picture in the newspaper, realizes he is her husband and brings him home. Another woman recognizes him as her husband. At one point, he is brought to the court and is accused of being a thief. But soon all his identities are found to be false for different reasons. He will remain alone with just a dog as a friend.

Additional information on Lo Smemorato di Collegno may be found here .

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Scusate Il Ritardo
Scusate Il Ritardo

Scusate Il Ritardo     [Sorry for Being Late]   (1982)    
Directed by Massimo Troisi

Sunday April 26, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.   at the CASA Italiana
In Italian with English subtitles   (108 min.)

Massimo Troisi co-wrote, directed and stared in this comedy about Vicenzo living at home (in Naples) with his family. He must assume more responsibilty to keep his relationship with Anna. Vicenzo met Anna at a party, and the two began an affair that is threatened when she is offered a job in Perugia, in central Italy. Depending on his response, Anna will either leave or stay. Troisi is an imposing comic presence that carries this film through episodes of dense Neapolitan dialogue.

Polito (Anna) was awarded with a David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actress and Lello Arena (Tonino) was awarded with a David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actor.

Additional information on Scusate Il Ritardo may be found here .

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Il Pranzo Di Ferragosto

Il Pranzo Di Ferragosto
[Mid-August Lunch ]  (2002)
Directed by Gianni Di Gregorio

Thursday May 21, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.   at the IACC
Italian with English subtitles   (75 + 27 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 caregiver) 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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Matrimonio all'Italiana

Matrimonio all'Italiana     [Marriage Italian Style]   (1964)
Directed by Vittorio De Sica

Thursday June 18, 2015 at 7:00 at the IACC
In Italian with English subtitles   (95 min.)

In Naples, in WWII, the businessman Domenico (Marcello Mastroianni) meets a 17 year old prostitute, Filumena Marturano (Sophia Loren) in a brothel. She becomes his mistress and administrates his shops for some 20 years. When he seeks to annul the marriage, she tells him she has three sons, one of whom is his legitimate son. He then tries to discover which is his real son. The film was adapted from the play Filumena Marturano by Eduardo De Filippo. It was directed by Vittorio De Sica.

Additional information on Matrimonio all'Italiana may be found here .

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