Italian Film Fest

[Update: Screenings have been cancelled.] (3.12) The website says “Gelato Ritrovato” has been cancelled, but that’s just the ice cream. A second commenter confirms this. I have contacted the organization for any updates, but readers are advised to check the Facebook event page for further news. Events are in flux.]

Marcello! Each summer, the world-renowned film restoration center, Cineteca of Bologna, hosts Il Cinema Ritrovato, featuring restored masterpieces and early silent cinema. The Italian Studies Department at Brown will share a selection of these rare and wonderful films over four days. (Facebook event.)

Seen here is Marcello Mastroianni in L’Uomo dei Cinque Palloni originally released in this country as Break Up. (Thursday night.)

Break Up is an invisible film, a film that not many viewers got to see. Despite being the first encounter between Mastroianni and Ferreri and one of Mastroianni’s most extraordinary performances, it is one of the least known films of European post-war cinema. Up until this restoration and its presentation at the 2016 Venice Film Festival, where it won the Leone d’Oro for best restoration.

Friday night features one of my favorites, Amarcord, an entirely accessible Fellini movie and winner of the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 1975.

The festival winds up on Saturday with two films: Alexandria . . . Why? at 4:30pm and Bread and Chocolate at 7:30pm.

Go here for complete program. Screenings are free and open to the public. Gelato Ritrovato by Il Gelatauro of Bologna served ahead of each screening.

Free and open to the public, starts 7pm, Wednesday, March 11 thru March 14, Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center, 154 Angell Street, (directions)

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