Cinema Lanzafame

Spring 2016 Film Series

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

and the
The Italian American Community Center

The Spring 2016 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 2:00 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 2016 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. 21 7:00 p.m. IACC
Cancelled Due To Weather
Risate Di Gioia      [Passionate Thief] 108 min. Mario Monicelli 1960
Feb. 18 7:00 p.m. IACC Il Postino      [The Postman] 108 min. Michael Radford 1994
Mar. 17 7:00 p.m. IACC Divorzio all'Italiana      [Divorce Italian Style] 108 min. Pietro Germi 1961
Apr. 10 2:00 p.m. CASA Scipione Detto Anche L'Africano      [Scipio the African] 108 min. Luigi Magni 1972
Apr. 21 7:00 p.m. IACC L' Oro di Napoli      [The Gold of Naples] 138 min. Vittorio De Sica 1954
May 01 2:00 p.m. CASA L'Oro Di Roma      [The Gold of Rome] 92 min. Carlo Lizzani 1961
May 15 2:00 p.m. CASA A Ciascuno il Suo      [We Still Kill the Old Way] 89 min. Elio Petri 1967
May. 19 7:00 p.m. IACC Stanno Tutti Bene      [Everybody's Fine]
115 min. Giuseppe Tornatore 1995
Jun 05 2:00 p.m. CASA Magnifica Presenza      [A Magnificent Haunting] 102 min. Ferzan Ozpetek 2012
Jun. 16 7:00 p.m. IACC La Notte di San Lorenzo      [The Night of the Shooting Stars] 105 min. Paolo & Vittorio Taviani 1982

Risate Di Gioia
Risate Di Gioia

Totò, Risate Di Gioia [Passionate Thief]   (1960 )
Directed by Mario Monicelli

Thursday January 21, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.   at the IACC
In Italian with English subtitles   (108 min.)
Cancelled Due To Weather

New Year's Eve in Rome, Anna Magnani is filled with hope for the night. She longs for romance, adventure and excitement and finds them not as she anticipated. A small-time crook (Ben Gazzara) is stuck with Toto as his accomplice as they plan to steal small items. Our heroine constantly seems to be messing up the best laid plans of our two criminal friends.

Additional information on Risate Di Gioia (1960) may be found here .

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Il Postino
Il Postino

Il Postino   [The Postman]   (1994)
Directed by Michael Radford

Thursday February 18, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.   at the IACC
In Italian with English subtitles   (108 min.)

Mario (Massimo Troisi) lives in an isolated fishing village. He takes a job delivering mail to Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda (Philippe Noiret), who is living in exile for his communist views. The two become friends, and Neruda's poetry has a strong influence on Mario, especially when he falls in love with the beautiful Beatrice (Maria Grazia Cucinotta). Mario expresses himself with the help of Neruda's metaphors. Later, Neruda returns to Chile and the two marry and have a son. Many years later, Neruda returns as a tourist to discover what has become of Mario and the influence he had on this poor postman. This fine film won a number of awards.

Additional information on Il Postino may be found here .

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Divorzio all'Italiana
Divorzio all'Italiana
Divorzio all'Italiana     [Divorce Italian Style]   (1961)  
Directed by Pietro Germi

Thursday Mar. 17, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.   at the IACC
In Sicilian with English subtitles   (108 min.)

In one of the best Italian comedies made, Mastroianni gives an excellent performance as an impoverished Sicilian aristocrat determined to get a divorce from his wife. Unfortunately, divorce is illegal in Italy at the time, but there is a law that justifies the killing of a wife if she is caught in adultery.

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

Scipione L'Africano
Scipione L'Africano

Scipione Detto Anche L'Africano
[Scipio the African]   (1972)
Directed by Luigi Magni

Sunday April 10, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.   at the CASA Italiana
Italian with English subtitles   104 min.

During the Second Punic War (187 BC), the commander Scipio Africanus (Marcello Mastroianni) is in crisis because the Roman army cannot defeat the many legions of Carthaginian Hannibal Barca. Scipio's wife, Emilia, is played by Silvana Mangano. Teaming with his brother, Scipio Asiaticus (Ruggero Mastroianni), Africanus manages to destroy the troops of Hannibal at Zama and win the war. When he returns triumphant to Rome, he realizes that he has been manipulated by the consul, Marcus Porcius Cato (Vittorio Gassman), called "the Censor". Scipio, disgusted by Roman politics, withdraws from his rank of general, while Cato plans to destroy a third war with the cursed city of Carthage.

For more information on Hannibal, Scipio and the Second Punic War see the National Geographic video here

Additional information on Scipione Detto Anche L'Africano 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

Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:00 P.M.   at the IACC
In Italian   with English subtitles   (138 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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L'Oro Di Roma
L'Oro Di Roma

L'Oro Di Roma     [The Gold of Rome]   (1961)
Directed by Carlo Lizzani

Sunday May 01, 2016 at 2:00 P.M.   at the CASA Italiana
Italian with English subtitles   (92 min.)

This wartime drama is set in 1943 Rome. The German Commandant of the city causes a turmoil in the Jewish community by offering them what seems to be an expensive way out of imprisonment and death. If the Jews can give him 50 kilos (~100 hundred pounds) in gold, he will spare their lives and not deport them to the death camps. One Jewish shoemaker is definitely against the idea, but his brethren are confused and are at odds with what to do. The film delves into the question of the Jewish resistance, both armed and passive. A young Jewish woman, Giulia (Anna Maria Ferrero) falls in love with a Catholic and then converts – though ultimately not deserting her cultural and ethnic roots.

Additional information on L'Oro Di Roma may be found here .

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A Ciascuno Il Suo
A Ciascuno Il Suo

A Ciascuno Il Suo     [We Still Kill the Old Way]   (1967)
Directed by Elio Petri

Sunday May 15, 2016 at 2:00 P.M.   at the CASA Italiana
Italian with English subtitles   (89 min.)

Based on the powerful novel by Leonardo Sciascia, this film is set in 1965 Sicily where two men (the pharmacist Manno and his friend Prof. Roscio) are killed. Professor Laurana (Gian Maria Volonté) decides to solve the double-homicide only to find himself entangled in a spiderweb of corrupt politicians, "mafiosi" killers, and sinister Church connections. Anonymous letters were sent to the victims using clippings from the Vatican newspaper "L'Osservatore Romano". Laurana comes to believe that the target was not Manno but Roscoe whose wife, Luisa (Irene Papas), had a long-standing relationship with the lawyer Rosello. Laurana's naive interference in town politics is not without a price.

Additional information on A Ciascuno Il Suo may be found here .

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Stanno Tutti Bene
Stanno Tutti Bene

Stanno Tutti Bene
[Everybody's Fine]     (1995)

Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore

Thursday, May 19, 2016   at 7:00 p.m. at the IACC
In Italian with English subtitles   (115 min.)

A bittersweet tale of family love and family secrets, EVERYBODY'S FINE stars Marcello Mastroianni as Matteo Scuro, a retired Sicilian bureaucrat who has seen his friends and his own children leave his island for success on the Italian mainland. Determined to have a family reunion, he decides to travel to the mainland to surprise his five children. His journey takes him to the vast cities of modern Italy, where he is forced to face a chaotic and anxious modern way of life.

Matteo is consistently struck by his own children's need to hide their pain and troubles from him, but ultimately, at their family reunion in Rome, Matteo discovers that his children are hiding a wrenching family secret. This beautifully filmed slice of modern Italian life is a poignant portrait of a father's unrealized dreams for his children. Mastroianni is delightful as the keenly observant yet traditional father of five children, named after his most beloved operas. This is truly an Italian homage to life, family, and operatic moments of tragedy and self-realization. ( From the review at )

Additional information on Stanno Tutti Bene may be found here .

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Magnifica Presenzat
Magnifica Presenza

Magnifica Presenza     [A Magnificent Haunting]   (2012)
Directed by Ferzan Ozpetek

Sunday Jun 05, 2016 at 2:00 P.M.   at the CASA Italiana
Italian with English subtitles   (102 min.)

Set in Italy of 2012, Pietro's dream is to become a famous actor. He comes to Rome and starts to work in a bakery. He rents a house, but the furniture moves by itself. Then he realizes that the house was haunted by some ghosts from a theater group who died in this apartment during the Second World War. After unsuccessfully trying to expel the ghosts from his apartment, he gradually accepts them into his life. He is able to solve the mystery of the death of the artist group, who had connections during the war with groups of the resistance.

Additional information on Magnifica Presenza may be found here .

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La Notte di San Lorenzo
La Notte di San Lorenzo

La Notte di San Lorenzo     [The Night of the Shooting Stars]   (1982)
Directed by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani

Thursday June 16, 2016 at 7:00 at the IACC
In Italian with English subtitles   (105 min.)

This true story from WWII is told through the eyes of a young child. It focuses, not on combat, but on the life-changing effects of war on the residents of a small village. It tells of a Nazi atrocity and the surrounding events which terminate in Allied liberation. The Nazis have mined houses throughout the town and have warned the citizens to gather in the local cathedral to escape destruction. Distrusting the Nazis, one group leaves the town in search of the American army. Those who leave undertake a journey that ends in bloody combat between partisans and Black Shirts in a wheat field near the banks of the Arno. This small but disturbing encounter with Italians killing Italians takes place between the retreating German Army and the advancing American Army.

Additional information on La Notte di San Lorenzo may be found here .

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