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 common threads, we thought that you would find interesting and intriguing to see three great movies featuring one of the greatest Italian actors of all times:  Giancarlo Giannini.  As always, the movies will be presented by our Artistic Director, Anna Brusutti.

And here is the line up:

SATURDAY, February 24, 2018

Mimi metallurgico ferito nell’onore

(The Seduction of Mimi)

DirectorLina Wertmuller



Cast:         Giancarlo Giannini,                                       Mariangela Melato

Genre:       Comedy, 1972

Runtime:  123 minutes

Rated:        R

Language:  Italian (English subtitles)

Awards:   2 David di Donatello awards

Synopsis: Giancarlo Giannini gives a wonderfully comic performance as the sad sack Mimi, a Sicilian laborer whose refusal to vote for the Mafia’s candidate leads him to lose his job, his wife and his home. At rock bottom, he revives his spirits by falling in love with the beautiful, radical Fiorella, with whom he starts a new life as a reliable husband and father. However, the past comes back to haunt him, piling on comical complexities as all his energies surge into defending his honor, an obsession that has horrendous but hilarious consequences.

SATURDAY, March 3, 2018

L’Innocente  (The Innocent)

Director: Luchino Visconti         

 Cast:             Giancarlo Giannini, Laura Antonelli, Jennifer O’Neill

Genre:         Drama, 1976

Runtime:    129 minutes

Rated:           PG 15

Language:    Italian (English subtitles)

Awards:     David di Donatello for Best                                 Music

Synopsis: Driven by a powerful performance by Giancarlo Giannini whose antihero displays hitherto uncharted monstrosity, L’Innocente is set against the opulent backdrop of the decadent aristocratic life of the late 19th century and its hypocritical social conventions; telling the story of Tullio who, having left his wife for his latest mistress, is seized by jealous fury when he discovers that his wife has also taken a lover. Outraged by this unsuspected audacity, he will do everything to reconquer her…

SATURDAY, March 10, 2018

Travolti da un insolito destino nell’azzurro mare d’agosto  

(Swept Away)

Director: Lina Wertmuller

Cast:           Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato

Genre:        Comedy-Drama, 1974

Runtime:   114 minutes

Rated:         Unrated

Language: Italian (English subtitles)

Awards:    Best Foreign Film-National Board of Review,  David di Donatello for Best Music

Synopsis:  Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Mediterranean, Swept Away is Lina Wertmuller’s most famous and controversial film about sex, love and politics. The film tells the story of a rich, liberated industrialist’s wife who finds erotic fulfillment only after being sado-mastically”tamed” by a macho, communist private yacht deck-hand when roles become reversed after being stranded on a deserted island. ..

                          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.

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Vi aspettiamo al cinema!

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