Ciao, Amici –

For this year’s classic series of Italian cinema, we decided to offer a retrospective of the movies directed by one of the best Italian directors of the Sixties, Pietro Germi.

The first two are two comedies “Italian style”.  If you recall Anna’s definition of this typically Italian genre, the topic is a mixture of funny situations and dramatic ones in a very particular cultural environment.

The third movie is a crime/mystery work of Pietro Germi’s.  The interesting part of this movie is that Germi was not only the director but also one the main actors. And he did a great job in both personae!

As in the past, our Artistic Director Anna Brusutti will introduce each movie.

And here they are:

Friday, February 19, 2016

DIVORZIO ALL’ITALIANA  (Divorce, Italian Style)  – 1961

Director:  Pietro Germi  


Runtime: 105 minutes                                            Cast:  Marcello Mastroianni, Stefania Sandrelli
Country: Italy
Language: Italian (English subtitles)
Color:  Black & White
Genre:  Comedy, Italian style
Rated: Not Rated

Synopsis:  A married Sicilian baron falls in love with his cousin and vows to wed her.  But with the divorce illegal, he must concoct a “crime of passion” to do away with his wife.


Friday, February 26, 2016

SEDOTTA E ABBANDONATA (Seduced and Abandoned) –1964

Director: Pietro Germi

            Runtime: 115  minutes
Starring: Stefania Sandrelli, Saro Urzi
Country: Italy
Language: Italian (English subtitles)
Color: Black & White
Genre: Comedy, Italian style
Rated: Not rated

Synopsis: The graceful, biting, deadpan humor of Italian director Pietro Germi has no parallel.  In Seduced and Abandoned, the blackest of black comedies, a young girl named Agnese (the delectable Stefania Sandrelli, fresh from Germi’s Divorce Italian Style) is seduced by her sister’s fiance, setting in motion a series of increasingly deranged pretenses by which Agnese’s apoplectic father (the volcanic Saro Urzi) attempts to salvage the family honor……

Friday, March 4, 2016

UN MALEDETTO IMBROGLIO  (The Facts of Murder) – 1959

 Director: Pietro Germi                                                           

Runtime:  115 minutes                                                     Starring: Pietro Germi, Claudia Cardinale,                 Country: Italy                                                                     Language:  Italian (English subtitles)                     Color: Black & white                                                           Genre: Crime/Mystery                                                     Rated: Not rated

Synopsis:  Things aren’t always as easy as they look. Ask Inspector Ingravallo (Pietro Germi) about it. A thief sneaks into the apartment of a Roman aristocrat and steals a fortune in jewels. But as soon as Ingravallo starts to question the neighbors, he immediately has the feeling that something very fishy is indeed going on. So, what looked like an ordinary theft becomes an incredibly tangled mystery that will lead to a very unexpected outcome…..


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Arrivederci al cinema.  Ciao,  Gabriella