Viva Italia! The Passion of Italian Cinema

Wed, Feb 28 at 7:30pm

General Admission Series Ticket, Weds, 7:30 pm
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Single Ticket, THE ORGANIZER, Wed Mar 6, 7:30 pm
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THE ORGANIZER (Mario Monicelli, 1963). THE ORGANIZER is a vivid example of the commedia al'italiana genre and style, which portrays social problems with satire and dark comedy. Actor Marcello Mastroianni is "most proud" of the threadbare intellectual professor he plays in this "stupendous" film. Like a vagabond on the road, with his clarinet, he falls in with a bunch of dignified, generous Turin textile workers who are exploited by their bosses. Mastroianni's professor embraces grand ideas of humanity in harmony: he rallies the workers with a Shakespearean speech, and is willing to risk all for his beliefs. With Renato Salvatori, Annie Giradot, who were husband and wife offscreen. In 35mm, 130 minutes.
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Single Ticket, LA NOTTE (THE NIGHT), Wed Mar 13, 7:30 pm
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March 13: LA NOTTE (THE NIGHT, Michelangelo Antonioni, 1961). Antonioni, master explorer of consciousness and landscape, the soul subtly externalized in the material world, the poetry of people in places. Iconic actress Jeanne Moreau plays the wife of intellectual novelist Marcello Mastroianni, her eloquent face like a modern art Mona Lisa as she wanders alone through Milan, her interiority separate from, yet mated with, that of her husband. They attend a tycoon's glamorous all-night party, encounter tempting romantic possibilities, and almost without words, asses the state of their union. It's as though Mastroianni, who lived Fellini's LA DOLCE VITA (1960), is now in a more thoughtful mode--but still searching for something. With Monica Vitti. 122 minutes.
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Single Ticket, IL SORPASSO (THE EASY LIFE), Wed Mar 20, 7:30 pm
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IL SORPASSO (THE EASY LIFE, Dino Risi,1962). Sometimes chance (or is it fate, karma?) can show us a new way of being in the world. In Rome a shy, law student (Jean-Louis Trintignant) is hitting the books, when his his introverted cocoon is pierced by a charming, extroverted hedonist (Vittorio Gassman) in a sports car. Trntignant's resistance is overcome, and the two roar away to the Italian Riviera. Sun, speed, food, drink, women, dancing: Trantignant nibbles at the edges of these pleasures, but Gassman is all in. He's an irresistible force of nature, but is Trintignant meant to live in Gassman's carefree climate? With Catherine Spaak. 105 minutes.
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Single Ticket, ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS, Wed Mar 27, 7:30 pm
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ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS (Luchino Visconti, 1960). Writer-director Visconti (THE LEOPARD, DEATH IN VENICE) brings his characteristic visual lushness, operatic sweep and gritty realism to this family epic of Italy, north and south. A mother (Katina Paxinou) and her grown sons leave their impoverished farm for the promise of a new life up in Milan. One son already established there is engaged to a beauty (Claudia Cardinale), and his family's arrival brings unwanted complications. As in an opera, the heart of the film is a passionate emotional triangle. Two of the brothers (Alain Delon, Renato Salvatori), who've become immersed in the world of boxing, have a volatile love relationship with an immigrant woman (Annie Giradot). She's drawn to both the brutish, tormented Salvatori and the tender, sensitive Delon. Can the better man win, or will the saintly Delon's way of sacrificing his own interests bring him down? Melodies by Fellini's music maestro Nino Rota. Luchino Visconti Best Director, Venice Film Festival. 180 minutes.
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Single Ticket, MAMMA ROMA, Wed Apr 3, 7:30 pm
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MAMMA ROMA (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1962). If Marcello Mastroianni is the male icon of Italian cinema, Anna Magnani is the female: a living symbol of Rome, "its she-wolf mother, the face and voice of its streets and people, personifying their suffering, moral strength, and renewal" (Dianne Hales). The fiery, soulful, humorous Mamma has been a prostitute, but she ambitiously wants to start life anew with her now teenage son (Ettore Garofolo). But the past intrudes, in the form of her former pimp (Franco Citti), and Garofolo falls for a lower-class girl (Silvana Corsini) and hangs out with the local punks. The road is bumpy, but with her warm heart, free-flowing laughter, tears and insulting banter, Mamma seems to be the resilient, earthy madonna of the entire Eternal City. 110 minutes.
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Single Ticket, THE CONFORMIST, Wed Apr10, 7:30 pm
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THE CONFORMIST (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970). In this stunning masterpiece a complex man's (Jean-Louis Trintignant) mission of pursuit is powered by his psychological evasion. In pre-World War II Fascist Italy, a boy's traumatic experience of predatory sex and gun violence drives him to bury his past and become a Secret Police agent, someone who fits in, who follows all the rules like "normal people" do. When Trintignant's bosses tell him to investigate his former mentor (Enzo Tarascio), who's now an anti-Fascist agitator, he loads his gun. Adapted from Alberto Moravia's celebrated novel, THE CONFORMIST's thematic and artistic richness stunned the world's literati, filmmakers, architects, interior and fashion designers. Trintignant is riveting, surrounded by the warm swirl of life, he's the chilly boy who can't grow up. He feels safe being politically correct--but what about his deepest urges? With Stefania Sandrelli, Dominique Sanda, 116 minutes.
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Single Ticket, INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION, Wed Apr 17, 7:30 pm
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INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION (Elio Petri, 1970). These days we're oppressively accustomed to public figures with authoritarian power, in elevated positions where they can follow their impulses without being accountable. Fifty years ago, this darkly comic tale centers on charismatic Gian Maria Volonte as a Roman Police Squad kingpin who thinks he can get away with murder, He and his mistress (Florinda Bolkan) enjoy sex games in which she poses as crime victims, and one time Volonte gets carried away.He purposely leaves clues all around her apartment, then sees if his detectives can solve the case. He's convinced that those who believe in him could never suspect him--but will his arrogantly inflated ego receive a shock? Music by the legendary Ennio Morricone (A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, DAYS OF HEAVEN); Best Foreign Film Oscar. 115 minutes.
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Single Ticket, LA GRANDE BELLEZA (THE GREAT BEAUTY), Wed April 24, 7:30 pm
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LA GRANDE BELEZZA (THE GREAT BEAUTY, Paolo Sorrentino, 2013). Overflowing with the sensual pleasures of Rome, this enchanting film could be called ROMA in homage to the realm of Maestro Federico Fellini's cinematic art, he who called Rome "the Internal City" of soul-searching. Like one of Fellini's heroes, Jep (the world discovers actor Toni Servillo), thinks about how his love of Roman high life and the idea of Beauty shaped his path in life. He's just turned sixty-five, and long ago he published a serious novel, but now he's most known for leading an endless party of socialites, intellectuals and artists. Maybe its not too late to pick up his pen again, and still enjoy the sunset over the Coliseum. Winner of twenty-four international awards, including Best Foreign Film Oscar. 115 minutes.
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Festa Italiana and Greg Olson Productions Present

VIVA ITALIA! THE PASSION OF ITALIAN CINEMA

See life as a human comedy, embrace beauty, feel deeply, pursue the sweet life with Italian gusto. Festa Italiana and Greg Olson Productions present a series of nine films that illuminate the golden age of 1960s-1970s Italian cinema. When traditional ways of thinking and behaving were challenged by liberated philosophical, political, social and sexual views and mores. 

DIVORCE, ITALIAN STYLE, THE ORGANIZER, LA NOTTE (THE NIGHT) (we begin with a three-film tribute to supreme Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni; the first two films are in 35mm), ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS, IL SORPASSO (THE EASY LIFE), MAMMA ROMA, THE CONFORMIST, INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION, LA GRANDE BELEZZA (THE GREAT BEAUTY), a stunning Oscar-winning reflection and progression of the 60s-70s spirit. Rare 35mm prints and 4K restorations by Martin Scorsese and Gucci, Cinecitta, Cineteca di Bologna, Foundazione Bernardo Bertolucci, Cineteca Nationale, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Films in Italian with English subtitles. Poet and film curator Tova Gannana will provide a pre-film Viva Italia! Music Playlist. 

Wednesday nights at 7:30 pm, February 28-April 24 at the SIFF Cinema Uptown Theater in the heart of the lower Queen Anne restaurant district. Uptown concessions include wine, beer, coffees and teas. 

Series tickets for nine films: $80 for members of Festa Italiana, Dante Alighieri Society, SIFF, SAM, UW Italian Studies and Cinema Studies, Alliance Francaise de Seattle, Cornish, NWFF, SFI, TheFilmSchool, Scarecrow Video and KING FM. 

Series tickets for general public: $90. 

Single tickets: $15 for all.

Present your ticket on the day of the film at any Tutta Bella Pizzeria and receive a 10% discount on the total price. Series tickets can be used each of the series' nine weeks. Ticket buyers can use the code ITALIA for a 10% discount at the Mediterranean Inn, across from the Uptown Theater, any night from February 28 through April 24.

No Refunds. No Ticket Exchanges. Thank you for your consideration.

Remeber that the UptownTheater has 200 fewer seats than the Egyptian, and fills up quicker.

TICKETS GO ON SALE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6. 

See you in the Italian sunshine,

Greg Olson


SIFF Cinema Uptown Theater

Seattle, WA