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Conversation Piece

Program Running Time 126 min.

Jan 09 02:30 pm

Films in Program

(Gruppo di famiglia in un interno)
Directed By: Luchino Visconti
(Italy, 1974, 126 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

Visconti’s mid-70s drama stars Burt Lancaster as a retired American professor whose quiet life in a Roman palazzo is turned upside down when he rents out the upper floor to a vulgar marchesa and her companions, her lover, her daughter, and her daughter’s boyfriend.

With Helmut Berger, Silvana Mangano

Love and Anarchy

Program Running Time 129 min.

Jan 12 01:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Lina Wertmuller
(Italy, 1973, 129 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

An epic tragicomedy from director Lina Wertmuller (Seven Beauties), Love and Anarchy plumbs the depths of fascist Italy from the perspective of a simple farm boy (Giancarlo Giannini) sent to kill Mussolini. w Lina Polito, Mariangela Melato

Winner: Best Actor, Cannes Film Festival


Program Running Time 111 min.

Jan 11 08:40 pm
Jan 12 04:15 pm

Films in Program

(Il Confomista)
Directed By: Bernardo Bertolucci
(Italy, 1970, 111 mins, DCP)

Arguably Bernardo Bertolucci’s most perfect film, this adaptation of Alberto Moravia’s novel is one of the most visually dazzling movies ever made (DP Vittorio Storaro went on to shoot Apocalypse Now and most of Bertolucci’s subsequent epics. Jean Louis Trintignant is the existential anti-hero, pressed into a political assassination by Mussolini’s security apparatus. w. Stefania Sandrelli, Dominique Sanda, Pierre Clementi.

Pasolini's Arabian Nights

Program Running Time 130 min.

Jan 09 08:50 pm
Jan 14 04:00 pm

Films in Program

(Il fiore delle mille e una notte)
Directed By: Pier Paolo Pasolini
(Italy, 1974, 130 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

Pier Paolo Pasolini traveled to Africa, Nepal, and the Middle East to realize this ambitious cinematic treatment of a selection of stories from the legendary The Thousand and One Nights. This is not the fairy-tale world of Scheherazade or Aladdin, though. Instead, the director focuses on the book’s more erotic tales, framed by the story of a young man’s quest to reconnect with his beloved slave girl. Full of lustrous sets and costumes and stunning location photography, Arabian Nights is a fierce and joyous exploration of human sexuality.


Program Running Time 144 min.

Jan 14 08:15 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Mario Martone
(Italy, 2014, 144 mins, DCP)

A luscious portrait of the great Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi (Elio Germano), from his days as the toast of Florentine literary circles to his death in the Neapolitan countryside.

Winner: Best Actor, David di Donatello Awards

Latin Lover

Program Running Time 104 min.

Jan 11 06:30 pm
Jan 14 01:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Cristina Comencini
(Italy, 2015, 104 mins, DCP)

In this all-star comedy, the lovers and offspring of Italy’s most popular movie star (and most prolific ladies’ man) gather in his hometown on the 10th anniversary of his passing to piece together the puzzle of his life.

With: Francesco Scianna, Virna Lisi, Marisa Paredes, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi


Program Running Time 84 min.

Jan 09 07:00 pm
Jan 13 01:00 pm
Jan 14 06:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Abel Ferrara
(Italy, France, Belgium, 2014, 84 mins, DCP)

In Rome in 1975 outspoken filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini was found dead on a beach, arousing suspicions that continue to this day. Director Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant) offers a kaleidoscopic view of the last day in the artist’s life (played by a sublime Willem Dafoe).

"Ferrara has come up with something pretty special here: a subtle, seductive, lamp-lit hymn to one artist’s talents from another in the process of rediscovering his own." Robbie Colin, The Telegraph

An Italian Name

Program Running Time 95 min.

Jan 09 05:00 pm
Jan 11 01:00 pm

Films in Program

(Il nome del figlio)
Directed By: Francesca Archibugi
(Italy, 2015, 95 mins, DCP)

A dinner party takes a turn for the volatile when the topic turns to the name of the hosts’ unborn child in this uproariously un-PC variation on Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? starring Alessandro Gassman, Michaela Ramazzotti, Valeria Golino and Luigi Lo Cascio.

Man Who Knew Too Much

Program Running Time 75 min.

Dec 23 07:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock
(GB, 1934, 75 mins, DCP)

Spies kidnap a child to ensure their secrets are not spilled by the father. Hitchcock liked this yarn so much he filmed it twice. But the original UK version has all the pep and originality of youth - and Peter Lorre in a pre-Hollywood role.

Digital restoration.

Arabian Nights: Volume 3 - The Enchanted One

Program Running Time 125 min.

Jan 01 08:00 pm
Jan 02 08:00 pm
Jan 03 08:00 pm
Jan 07 08:15 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Miguel Gomes
(Portugal, 2015, 125 mins, DCP)

Volume 3 – The Enchanted One

It’s here that the trilogy is both at its most playful and focused. Having escaped the palace of the king, Scheherazade explores a seaside landscape where she encounters, among others, a “wind genie” and a daft suitor. In this chapter, it’s as if the historical backdrop, the modern world and the disparate modes of storytelling collapse into one another. Movingly and unexpectedly, the last gesture of Arabian Nights is to scale back its scope and provide a disarmingly modest and poignant grace note on which one of contemporary cinema’s new masterpieces can close.