Cinema Lanzafame

Spring 2018 Film Series

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

and the
IACC,
The Italian American Community Center


The Spring 2018 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 scheduled monthly from March through June on the First Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the lounge on the ground floor of the Casa Italiana at Nazareth College.

IACC Films are scheduled monthly from March 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 2018 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
Mar. 04 2:00 p.m. CASA Gli Zitelloni [The Inveterate Bachelors] 90 min. Giorgio Bianchi 1958
Mar. 15 7:00 p.m. IACC
Anna 98 min. Alberto Lattuada 1951
Apr. 08 2:00 p.m. CASA Il Piccolo Mondo di Don Camillo [The Little World of Don Camillo] 107 min. Julien Duvivier 1952
Apr. 19 7:00 p.m. IACC TotÚ, Peppino e ... la Malafemmina [TotÚ, Peppino, and the Hussy] 99 min. Camillo Mastrocinque 1956
May 06 2:00 p.m. CASA Le Quattro Giornate di Napoli [The Four Days of Naples] 122 min. Nanni Loy 1962
May. 17 7:00 p.m. IACC La Sconosciuta [The Unknown Woman]
120 min. Giuseppe Tornatore 2006
Jun 03 2:00 p.m. CASA I Due Nemici [The Best of Enemies] 104 min. Guy Hamilton 1961
Jun. 21 7:00 p.m. IACC La Cena [The Dinner] 121 min. Ettore Scola 1998




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Gli Zitelloni
Gli Zitelloni


  
Gli Zitelloni [The Inveterate Bachelors] (1958)
Directed by Giorgio Bianchi


Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Casa Italiana
In Italian with English subtitles (90 min.)

The Professor (Vittorio De Sica), has a philosophy of life: man is not made to marry and it is better to have many women but for short periods. Marcello (Walter Chiari) listens to him, but then ends up marrying Gina (MarŪa Luz Galicia), the daughter of her mistress at home. But things do not go well and Marcello finds himself accused of murder. Thus during the process, Marcello tells the anguish suffered by his wife and mother-in-law, while Gina suffered from her husband. Everything seems to justify professor's thesis, but, as the proverb says, appearance deceives.

Additional information on Gli Zitelloni may be found here .


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Anna
Anna


  
Anna (1951)
Directed by Alberto Lattuada


Thursday March 15, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the IACC
In Italian 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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Piccolo Mondo di Don Camillo
Il Piccolo Mondo di Don Camillo
  
Il Piccolo Mondo di Don Camillo [The Little World of Don Camillo] (1952)
Directed by Julien Duvivier


Sunday April 8, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Casa Italiana
In Italian with English subtitles (107 min.)

Giovanni Guareschi's Don Camillo series made him a most popular writer. Guareschi depicted a small village by the River Po where a strong parish priest, Don Camillo, and a Communist mayor, Peppone, have opposite views in all possible social, political, and moral issues. Don Camillo has frequent conversations with Jesus who is forced to control Don Camillo's combative instincts. Despite the rivalry, this charming comedy has a warm chemistry between Don Camillo, played by Fernandel, and Pepone, played by Gino Cervi.

Additional information on Piccolo Mondo di Don Camillo may be found here .


  
TotÚ, Peppino e ... la Malafemmina
TotÚ, Peppino e ... la Malafemmina


  
TotÚ, Peppino e ... la Malafemmina [Toto, Peppino, and the Hussy] (1956)
Directed by Camillo Mastrocinque


Thursday April 19, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the IACC
Italian with English subtitles 99 min.

Antonio, Peppino, and Lucia are three brothers who live in the country near Naples. Lucia's son, Gianni, goes to Naples to study medicine where he meets a ballet dancer. They fall in love and, when she goes to Milan, Gianni follows her. Informed of this and afraid that their nephew will stop studying, the three Caponi brothers leave for Milan to persuade Gianni to come back home, continue studying, and abandon the "Malafemmina" (bad girl).

Additional information on TotÚ, Peppino e ... la Malafemmina may be found here .


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Le Quattro Giornate di Napoli
Le Quattro Giornate di Napoli


  
Le Quattro Giornate di Napoli [The Four Days of Naples] (1962)
Directed by Nanni Loy


Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the Casa Italiana
In Italian with English subtitles (122 min.)

Set during the Allied invasion of Italy in 1943, the Allies have invaded Sicily and are on the move northward. In nearby Naples, word arrives that the Italian army has surrendered and the residents are thrilled as it looks like the war is over for them. Italian Prime Minister Badoglio surrendered, but the German Wehrmacht had not surrendered. The Italian military were left in the field with no orders and were surprised when the Germans consider them as deserters and begin to fire on them. During the four days in Naples the revolt turns over in just few hours. The Neapolitans armed themselves with stones, house-objects, gasoline-bottles and everything they could find. Gennarino Capuozzo, a ten year old child killed on a barricade while he was fighting against the Germans, and is remembered by people as a hero.

Additional information on Le Quattro Giornate di Napoli may be found here .


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La Sconosciuta
La Sconosciuta


  
La Sconosciuta [The Unknown Woman] (2006)
Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore


Thursday May 17, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. at the IACC
Italian with English subtitles (120 min.)

Filmed in Trieste, this suspenseful thriller concerns a young Ukrainian prostitute named Irina (Kseniya Rappoport) who was drawn into an international prostitution ring and brutalized by a man named Mold (Michele Placido). While rated R for some graphic nudity and sexuality, this is a brief initial portion of the film which serves to explain her origins. The film deals principally with a woman who is seeking to recover that which was taken from her by the pimps that victimized her. Beginning as a cleaning woman, she works her way into a family home, befriending the parents and becoming a trusted confidante to their daughter As her relationship with the family deepens, her motivation for getting so close become frighteningly clear. La Sconosciuta won a number of David di Donatello Awards including Best Actress (Kseniya Rappoport), Cinematography, Director, Best Film, and Best Music (Ennio Morricone).

Additional information on La Sconosciuta may be found here .


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I Due Nemici
I Due Nemici


  
I Due Nemici {The Best of Enemies} (1961)
Directed by Guy Hamilton


Sunday June 3, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the CASA Italiana
Italian with English subtitles (104 min.)

A British Major (David Niven) is captured by an Italian patrol during the Abyssinian War of 1941. He is later released by the benevolent Italian Captain (Alberto Sordi) with the understanding that the Major will persuade the British to allow the Italian patrol to reach its base without attack. However, the Major's superiors refuse to accept the arrangement and the British troops are under orders to attack.

Additional information on I Due Nemici may be found here .


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La Cena
La Cena


  
La Cena [The Dinner] (1998)
Directed by Ettore Scola


Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the IACC
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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