Cinema Lanzafame

Spring 2019 Film Series

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

and the
The Italian American Community Center

The Spring 2019 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 2019 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. 3 2:00 p.m. CASA Galantuomini [Brave Men] 108 min. Edoardo Winspeare 2008
Mar. 21 7:00 p.m. IACC
Rappresaglia [Massacre in Rome] 111 min. George P. Cosmatos 1973
Apr. 7 2:00 p.m. CASA Life and Music of Giuseppe Verdi [Verdi: The King of Melody] 121 min. Raffaello Matarazzo 1953
Apr. 18 7:00 p.m. IACC Cuore Sacro 120 min. Ferzan Ozpetek, 2005
May 5 2:00 p.m. CASA Le Stella Che Non C'╚ [The Missing Star] 102 min. Gianni Amelio 2006
May. 16 7:00 p.m. IACC Benvenuti Al Sud [Welcome To The South]
102 min. Luca Miniero 2010
Jun 2 2:00 p.m. CASA Kap˛ 116 min. Gillo Pontecorvo 1960
Jun. 20 7:00 p.m. IACC Ferdinando e Carolina 108 min. Lina WertmŘller 1999

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Galantuomini [Brave Men] (2008)
Directed by Edoardo Winspeare

Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Casa Italiana
In Italian with English subtitles (106 min.)

While they grew up in the Salentino region in the Sixties, their lives took different paths. Ignazio [Fabrizio Gifuni] is an esteemed judge who practiced in Northern Italy is transferred back to Salentino; Lucia [Donatella Finocchiaro] is a powerful leader in the Mafia. The two meet at the funeral of a friend who falls victim to cocaine and they fall in love. Ignazio is attracted to Lucia, but isn't sure how to balance his feelings for her with his dedication to upholding the law as he begins to investigate the trafficking of cocaine.

Additional information on Galantuomini may be found here .

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Rappresaglia [Massacre in Rome] (1973)
Directed by George P. Cosmatos

Thursday March 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the IACC
In Italian with English subtitles (111 min.)

This compelling film is based on Robert Katz's book, "Death in Rome", an investigation of the Ardeatine Caves massacre on March 1944. The film stars Richard Burton as the Rome Gestapo chief Herbert Kappler, who carries out the killings of 335 mostly randomly and hurriedly selected victims in revenge for partisans killing 33 Germans: using a ratio of ten Italian victims for every German. However, they had rounded up five more than expected but continued on with their plan. Meanwhile, the Vatican stands by and issues no condemnation.

Additional information on Rappresaglia may be found here .

The historical accuracy of the film may be found here here . .

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Giuseppe Verdi

Life and Music of Giuseppe Verdi [Verdi: The King of Melody] (1953)
Directed by Raffaello Matarazzo

Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the Casa Italiana
In English (121 min.)

The great Italian opera composer recalls his eventful life on his deathbed: his childhood in Busseto, his studies in Milan, his first opera "Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio", the death of his wife and his children killed by smallpox. This nostalgic look at Verdi paints a romantic picture of the composer's struggle for success, his loves, and his musical triumph over the forces of political domination.

Sung by Tito Gobbi, Mario Del Monaco, Orietta Moscucci, Vito de Taranto Accompanied by the Rome Opera Orchestra. Starring: Pierre Cressoy, Anna Maria Ferrero and Gaby Andre S

Additional information on Verdi may be found here .

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Cuore Sacro
Cuore Sacro

Cuore Sacro [Sacred Heart] (2005)
Directed by Ferzan Ozpetek

Thursday April 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the IACC
Italian with English subtitles 120 min.

Irene (Barbara Bobulova is a strong, award-winning business woman whose career is derailed by inspiration from a young waif, who combines thievery and lying with a life of service to the needy. While there is a fair bit of religious symbolism in the film, the "sacred heart" arises from a belief of Irene's mother in a second heart within each of us that has to be discovered and nurtured. Barbora Bobulova won a 2005 David di Donatello Best Actress and the film was nominated for Donatellos and Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists awards including Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Music, and Cinematography. This is another finely crafted film by Ferzan Ozpetek (Finestra di Fronte / Facing Windows) and is a beautiful integration of plot, cinematography and music.

Additional information on Cuore Sacro may be found here .

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Le Stella Che Non C'╚
La Stella Che Non C'╚
La Stella Che Non C'╚ [The Missing Star] (2006)
Directed by Gianni Amelio (107 min.)

Sunday May 5, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Casa Italiana
In Italian with English subtitles

Vincenzo (Sergio Castellitto) has devoted his adult life to working in a steel mill, where he looks after the machines. He discovers that the mill is going out of business and the equipment has been sold to China. While Vincenzo is upset about the loss of his job, he knows that one of the machines sold to the Chinese has a defect that led to the death of Vincenzo's co-workers. He knows that if preventative maintenance on the equipment isn't done, some worker could be killed. Determined to prevent a needless fatality, Vincenzo flies to China and sets out to find the faulty machine, with the help of Liu Hua (Tai Ling), a young woman serving as his interpreter. This film won the 2008 Turia award for best foreign film.

Additional information on La Stella Che Non C'╚ may be found here .

Benvenuti Al Sud

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

Thursday May 16, 2019 at 7:00 P.M. at the IACC
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 BenvenutiSud may be found here .

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Kap˛ (1985)
Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo

Sunday June 2, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the CASA Italiana
Italian with English subtitles (116 min.)

Unwilling to endure internment in a Nazi concentration, Jewish teenager Edith (Susan Strasberg) seeks to hide her true identity. Edith takes on the role of guard (or kapo) within the very facility where her countrymen face certain torture and death. A "kapo" was a prisoner in a concentration camp that watched over the other prisoners in a specified group. A kapo received better clothing, food, and was not required to work. Writer-director Gillo Pontecorvo's disturbing character study earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations.

Additional information on Kapo may be found here .

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Ferdinando e Carolina
Ferdinando e Carolina

Ferdinando e Carolina (1999)
Directed by Lina WertmŘller

Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the IACC
In Italian with English subtitles (108 min.)

Ferdinando ruled Naples and The Two Sicilies (1759-1825) with several titles as his political fortunes varied. This libertine comedy describes how the throne is thrust on this fun-loving and vulgar youngster. We also see the political power moves by Maria Teresa of Austria, his mother-in-law. While the young, oafish, and virile Ferdinando (Sergio Assisi) was running about hunting and chasing women, his focused and able wife, Carolina (Gabriella Pession) was attending to the kingdom. The story is told in a series of flashbacks running through the mind of Ferdinando on his death bed in 1825. He is tormented by the ghosts of his past. The film is very rich in cinematography, period costumes, earthy humor, and language which ranges from the street dialect of Ferdinando, through the formal language of his court, to the German accented Italian of Carolina.

Additional information on Ferdinando e Carolina may be found here .

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