2017 CINEMA ITALIANO CLASSICO, MOVIE LINE-UP

Cinema Italiano is a program of the Italian Cultural Heritage Foundation of Santa Barbara, a 501 C (3) non-profit organization

Cari Amici –

We are delighted to announce the movie line-up for this year’s Classico.  While discussing possible themes, we thought that you would find interesting and intriguing to see three great movies inspired by Italian historical situations from the time between WWI and WWII.  As always, the movies will be presented by our Artistic Director, Anna Brusutti.

And what movies we were able to find!  Here they are:

SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017

AMARCORD
Director:  Federico Fellini (1973)

Image result for AmarcordRuntime:     123 minutes
Cast:             Magali Noel, Bruno Zanin, Pupella Maggio
Country:      Italy
Language:   Italian (English subtitles)
Color:          Color
Genre:        Dark Comedy
Rated:         R

Synopsis:
This film presents one year in a small northern Italian coastal town in the late 1930s. The slightly off-kilter cast of characters are affected by time and location, the social mores dictated largely by Catholicism and the national fervor surrounding Il Duce, aka Benito Mussolini, and Fascism….

SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017

LA NOTTE DI SAN LORENZO
(The Night of the Shooting Stars) – 1982
Directors: Paolo & Vittorio Taviani

Runtime:  105  minutes
Starring:   Omero Antonutti, Margarita Lozzano, Claudio Bigagli
Country:   Italy
Image result for la notte di san lorenzo tavianiLanguage: Italian (English  subtitles)
Color:      Color
Genre:    Drama,war,  romance
Rated:     R

Synopsis:
In Italian folklore, the Night of San Lorenzo, the night of the shooting stars, is the night when dreams come true. In 1944, a group of Italians flee their town after hearing rumors that the Nazis plan to blow it up and that the Americans are about to arrive to liberate them…..

SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017

IL GIARDINO DEI FINZI-CONTINI
 (The Garden of the Finzi-Contini) – 1970
Director: Vittorio De Sica

Image result for il giardino dei finzi contini film

Runtime:    94 minutes
Starring:    Dominique Sanda, Lino Capolicchio, Helmut Berger
Country:    Italy
Language: Italian (with English subtitles)
Color:        Color
Genre:      Drama, romance, war

Synopsis:
Set in Italy’s northern community of Ferrara at the outbreak of World War II, this classic film by Vittorio De Sica tells the story of an old, aristocratic Jewish family, the Finzi-Contini, who maintain their isolated, idyllic ways within the stone walls of their lush estate while Mussolini imprisons Jews outside.   In this film De Sica traces the disappearance of a beautiful way of life, slowly turning his focus from the privileged refuge of tennis courts and private libraries to police barriers and rooms where Jews await transport to concentration camps. This powerful work  captures a tragic loss of innocence on both the most personal and historical levels….

FREE ADMISSION!!!!

                                         Fe Bland Theater ▪ SBCC West Campus ▪                                      721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara CA ▪

7:30 pm

Doors open to general public at 7:15 – Seating limited to 140 seats.
For more information: call 805-969-1018

Arrivederci al cinema.  Ciao,  Gabriella

 

 

 

 

 

 

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