Themed Semester

Italy Film Festival

 My Voyage to ItalyMy Voyage to Italy

7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
(dir. Martin Scorsese, 2002, 246 min.)

We begin our series of outstanding Italian films with acclaimed director Martin Scorsese’s deeply personal and comprehensive overview of the classic Italian films that shaped his art and his life. Scorsese focuses mainly on innovations in Italian film from the neorealism of the post-WW II years to the 1970s. There is arguably no better introduction to the world of Italian cinema. NOTE: The film will be shown over two nights, for about two hours each night.

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My Voyage to ItalyMy Voyage to Italy

7:00 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
(dir. Martin Scorsese, 2002, 246 min.)

We begin our series of outstanding Italian films with acclaimed director Martin Scorsese’s deeply personal and comprehensive overview of the classic Italian films that shaped his art and his life. Scorsese focuses mainly on innovations in Italian film from the neorealism of the post-WW II years to the 1970s. There is arguably no better introduction to the world of Italian cinema. NOTE: The film will be shown over two nights, for about two hours each night.

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 Rome: Open CityRome: Open City

7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
(dir. Roberto Rossellini, 1946, 100 min.)

Director Roberto Rossellini’s depiction of the partisan Resistance struggle in German-occupied Rome as the end of World War II approached, actually filmed just after Rome was liberated by a team that included Resistance fighters, marks the beginning of the Italian neorealist movement.

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 The Bicycle ThiefThe Bicycle Thief

7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
(dir. Vittorio De Sica, 1949, 93 min.)

This is director Vittorio De Sica’s neorealist story of a long-unemployed man who finally lands a job for which he needs a bicycle, only to have the bicycle stolen. As the man and his son search through Rome to recover the bicycle, the film sensitively reveals the deep bond of their relationship, which is forced to endure frustrating and ultimately heartbreaking challenges. “The Bicycle Thief is Everyman’s search for dignity − it is as though the soul of a man had been filmed.” − Arthur Miller.

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La Strada (The Road) La Strada (The Road)

7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
(dir. Federico Fellini, 1954, 108 min.)

Giuletta Masina and Anthony Quinn star in this widely admired and much loved early Federico Fellini film about a poor girl whose family sends her to perform on the road with Zampano, a circus Strong Man, whom she grows to love but who treats her cruelly. Winner of many awards, including Grand Prize at the Venice Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.

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8-1/28-1/2

7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
(dir. Federico Fellini, 1963, 138 min.)

As his next full-length film after his groundbreaking La Dolce Vita, Federico Fellini, largely through improvising, created this autobiographical portrait of a director’s struggle to come to terms with his life, past and present, as he is pressured to produce his next film. Filled with surreal and often hauntingly beautiful images in stunning black-and-white photography, and featuring Marcello Mastroianni in perhaps his greatest performance.

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Yesterday, Today and TomorrowYesterday, Today and Tomorrow

7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
(dir. Vittorio De Sica, 1963, 118 min.)

Winner of the 1964 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, the film presents a trilogy of comedies, set in Naples, Milan and Rome, each starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni in very different, engaging, often hilarious roles, showcasing the incredible range of the actors’ and director’s talent.

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The ConformistThe Conformist

7:00 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
(dir. Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970, 111 min.)

Bernardo Bertolucci’s compelling, haunting portrayal of a man driven to be normal at all costs, set in the milieu of Mussolini’s Fascist Italy and 1930s Paris. The film features Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli and Dominique Sanda in unforgettable performances, in a cinematic world shaped by the innovative and masterful cinematography of Vittorio Storaro and a musical score by Georges Delerue. The film contains brief nudity and sexual situations.

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Cinema ParadisoCinema Paradiso

7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
(dir. Giuseppe Tornatore, 1989, 123 min.)

This hugely popular, Academy Award-winning film explores a man’s lifelong love of the magical, romantic world of cinema and his boyhood friendship with a projectionist, Alfredo, who leads him into that world. Of this film the late Roger Ebert wrote, “Anyone who loves movies is likely to love Cinema Paradiso.” NOTE: We will be viewing the original theatrical release rather than the 174-minute restoration of 2002. The film presents sexual situations − and lots of film kisses!

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Bread and TulipsBread and Tulips

7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
(dir. Silvio Soldini, 2001, 114 min.)

An unhappy woman who is separated from her temperamental husband and teenage children when she is left behind by a tour bus heads for Venice − and a new life. According to Facets, the film is “one of Italy’s biggest recent commercial and critical hits.” If you can’t make it to Italy, this film is a rich next-best-thing! Directed by Silvio Soldini and starring Licia Maglietta and Bruno Ganz.

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GomorrahGomorrah

7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
(dir. Matteo Garrone, 2008, 137 min.)

This “stark and shocking” exposé of the world of organized crime, centering on characters living in a Naples housing project, shows how an inescapable environment of brutal violence consumes men, women and − most tragically − children. The film contains “bursts of violence,” nudity and sexual scenes, including one in a brothel/sex club.

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Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope)Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope)

7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013
Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall
(dir. Nanni Moretti, 2011, 105 min.)

What happens when a cardinal is chosen to be pope and suddenly discovers he may not want the job? This subtle, sensitive and surprising film shows us, as it follows the experiences of the pope-elect and the psychiatrist summoned to counsel him, in and around Vatican City. “A beautiful film,” that presents “the prospect of a single soul in crisis.” − Anthony Lane, The New Yorker.

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