Le Mattatrici

For the 2014 annual Cinema Italiano Classico we are going to present an homage to the Italian women who have left an indelible mark on the history of cinema.  The term “il mattatore” is usually reserved for the male actor who captures the limelight on the stage. This year we are going to apply it to the women who have been featured prominently as actors, directors, and writers, and have left a mark in comedy and drama.

The films we are going to see feature the talents of Mariangela Melato and Lina Wertmuller, respectively one of the protagonists and the director of Mimi Metallurgico, ferito nell’onore (The Seduction of Mimi),  of Giulietta Masina and Carla del Poggio, in the aptly titled Luci del Varieta’ (Variety Lights), of Sophia Loren, paired for the first time with Marcello Mastroianni in Peccato che Sia una Canaglia (Too Bad She’s Bad) and of the legendary Suso Cecchi D’Amico, the screenwriter of so many Italian successes.

All movies are in Italian with English subtitles and the admission is FREE.

As in the past, all movies will be introduced to our audiences by Anna Brusutti, Cinema Italiano Artistic Director.

Here is this year’s movie line-up:



MIMI METALLURGICO (The Seduction of Mimi) – 1972

In Sicily, the mine worker Carmelo “Mimí” Mardocheo votes for the Communist Party candidate instead of the Mafia’s candidate believing the suffrage to be secret. After the elections, he loses his job and cannot find any other job in his village that is controlled by the mobster Don Calogero. He leaves his wife Rosalia with his family and travels to Turin expecting to find work….

Director:  Lina Wertmuller

Starring:  Mariangela Melato, Giancarlo Giannini

Genre:     Dark Comedy

Language:  Italian with ENGLISH subtitles 


LUCI DEL VARIETA’ (Variety Lights) – 1950

A beautiful but ambitious young woman joins a traveling troupe of third-rate vaudevillians and causes jealousy and emotional crises.

Directors:  Federico Fellini and Alberto Lattuada

Starring:  Giulietta Masina and Carla Del Poggio

Genre:     Romantic Comedy

Language: Italian with English subtitles



PECCATO CHE SIA UNA CANAGLIA (Too Bad she is Bad) – 1955

When young and attractive Lina Stroppiani, a thief like the rest of her family, tries to steal the taxi of Paolo, together with two accomplices, she can’t possibly know that this will have far reaching consequences…

Director:  Alessandro Blasetti

Starring: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Vittorio De Sica

Genre:  Romantic comedy

Language: Italian with English subtitles


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7:30 pm

Doors open to general public at 7:15: Seating limited to 140 seats.

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