Filmmaker and professor of film Kevin Hinchey joins us to celebrate three classics from the Italian Neorealism era. Kevin will introduce the films and lead a discussion after each screening.
Opening remarks begin at 6:30 p.m. Screenings start around 6:45 p.m.
Registration for each film is preferred online or by calling 203-245-7365.
Italian Neorealism post WWII films were characterized by stories set amongst the poor and the working class, filmed on location, frequently using non-professional actors, and mostly contend with the difficult economic and moral conditions of post-World War II Italy.
Thursday, March 15: Rome, Open City (1945)
By director Roberto Rossellini, this film follows resistance leader Giorgio Manfredi, who in 1944 tries to avoid capture in Nazi-occupied Rome. 103 minutes. Black & White. Italian with English subtitles.
Thursday, March 22: Shoeshine (1946)
By director Vittorio De Sica, this film is about two shoeshine boys in postwar Rome who land in juvenile prison where their friendship is tested. 90 minutes. Black & White. Italian with English subtitles.
Thursday, March 29: Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Another work by director Vittorio De Sica, this film follows a man and his son in post-war Italy as they try to recover their stolen bicycle. 89 minutes. Black & White. Italian with English subtitles.
This series is presented through the generosity of an anonymous donor in honor of parents Domenico Pellicano and Melina (Savino) Pellicano, originally from San Panteleone, Reggio and San Giovanni Rotondo, Puglia, Italy. Thank you!