Days of Glory: Revisiting Italian Neorealism

10/1/10 to 12/12/10

A major series which revisits one of postwar cinema's greatest, most influential movements, Italian neorealism, featuring many rarely screened prints, direct from Italian archives, of both well-known classics and titles that will be discoveries for Bay Area audiences.

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  • Bitter Rice, October 22, November 13

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Past Films

  • Bandits of Orgosolo

    • Sunday, December 12 3:00 PM

    Vittorio De Seta (Italy, 1961). In the remote Sardinian countryside, a simple shepherd, wrongly associated with bandits, must flee across the forbidding mountains. “Visual, original, poignant, and intelligent.”-New York Times (98 mins)

  • Accattone

    • Friday, December 10 8:45 PM

    Please see Friday, November 26.

  • Il grido

    • Wednesday, December 8 7:00 PM

    Michelangelo Antonioni (Italy/U.S., 1957). “A stripped-down existential drama . . . an angry working man wanders impulsively through a world that has no place for him. Pervasive mist, fluid compositions, and melancholy piano add to the disorientation.”-Village Voice. With short People of the Po Valley. (125 mins)

  • Voyage in Italy

    • Sunday, December 5 3:00 PM

    Roberto Rossellini (Italy/France, 1953). George Sanders and Ingrid Bergman are a married couple in crisis in Rossellini's fascinating, groundbreaking film, long acclaimed as the key link between Italian neorealism and the modernist, subjective cinema to come. “With the appearance of Voyage in Italy, all other films immediately grew ten years older.”-Jacques Rivette (85 mins)

  • Sunday in August

    • Sunday, November 28 3:00 PM

    Luciano Emmer (Italy, 1950). A day at a Roman beach, where poor and rich, young and old, and loved and lovelorn meet (and avoid) each other. Featuring Marcello Mastroianni in an early role. “Unpretentious, funny, and imbued with passion.”-Guardian (88 mins)

  • Accattone

    • Friday, November 26 5:30 PM

    Pier Paolo Pasolini (Italy, 1961). Pasolini's famous debut film, a hard-edged and lyrical tragedy set in the Dantean slums of Rome. “Incandescent.”-New York Times. Repeated on Friday, December 10. (120 mins)

  • Bitter Rice

    • Saturday, November 13 6:15 PM

    Please see Friday, October 22.

  • Without Pity

    • Saturday, November 6 6:30 PM

    Alberto Lattuada (Italy, 1948). American G.I.'s, mobsters, and civilians tangle in the ruins of Livorno in this energetic, noirish tale of postwar Italy, anchored by a love affair between an Italian woman and an African American soldier. Written by Federico Fellini and starring Giulietta Masina. (95 mins)

  • The Overcoat

    • Saturday, November 6 8:30 PM

    Alberto Lattuada (Italy, 1952). A petty clerk dreams of a fancy new overcoat in Lattuada's brisk adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's famed short story, reset in the suitably corrupt and hopeless hallways of Italian government bureaucracies. Starring Renato Rascel, one of postwar Italy's most popular comics. (99 mins)

  • Ossessione

    • Thursday, November 4 7:00 PM

    Luchino Visconti (Italy, 1943). With a deft mixture of authenticity, narrative suspense, and ambiguous passions, Visconti transposes James M. Cain's The Postman Always Rings Twice to a Po Valley trattoria. “An extraordinarily majestic, elegant, and romantic movie.”-Vincent Canby, New York Times (140 mins)

  • Miracle in Milan

    • Sunday, October 31 4:00 PM

    Please see Friday, October 15.

  • La Terra Trema

    • Saturday, October 30 7:00 PM

    Please see Friday, October 1.

  • Chronicle of Poor Lovers

    • Friday, October 29 7:00 PM

    Carlo Lizzani (Italy, 1954). Marcello Mastroianni costars in this moving portrayal of an Italian town torn between Communists and Fascists in 1925. Nearly banned in Italy, it won the Special Jury Award ath the 1954 Cannes Film Festival. (108 mins)

  • The Bicycle Thief

    • Saturday, October 23 6:30 PM

    Please see Friday, October 22.

  • The Bicycle Thief

    • Friday, October 22 7:00 PM

    Vittorio De Sica (Italy, 1948). De Sica's masterpiece of a father and son looking for their stolen bicycle is considered one of the greatest films ever made. “An allegory at once timeless and topical.”-Village Voice. Repeated on October 23. (93 mins)

  • Bitter Rice

    • Friday, October 22 9:00 PM

    Giuseppe De Santis (Italy, 1949). This little-seen postwar gem filters a neorealist call for workers' rights through the aesthetics of film noir. Vittorio Gassman is a thief whose girlfriend hides out with itinerant rice workers, and becomes awakened to the workers' plight. Repeated on November 13. (109 mins)

  • Bellissima

    • Friday, October 15 7:00 PM

    Luchino Visconti (Italy, 1953). Visconti is in an unusually comic mode for this satire on urban life and movieland ambition. The incomparable Anna Magnani plays a mother trying to launch her young daughter in show business. (114 mins)

  • Miracle in Milan

    • Friday, October 15 9:10 PM

    Vittorio De Sica (Italy, 1951). An abandoned child helps a group of hobos save their shantytown from crooked landlords in De Sica's magical fable. “Accents the positive ideal of human brotherhood in a warm, exhilarating, richly comic picture . . . recalls the best of Charlie Chaplin and Rene Clair.”-Time Magazine. Repeated on October 31. (95 mins)

  • Under the Sun of Rome

    • Sunday, October 10 4:00 PM

    Renato Castellani (Italy, 1947). Life in Rome's crowded San Giovanni district, as seen through the daily struggles of a group of adolescents. A highlight of the recent Bologna film festival. (104 mins)

  • Shoeshine

    • Friday, October 8 7:00 PM

    Vittorio De Sica (Italy, 1946). Two young shoeshine boys become enmeshed in the black market in De Sica's powerful moral fable. “One of the finest films I have ever seen.”-Alfred Hitchcock (93 mins)

  • Days of Glory

    • Friday, October 8 8:50 PM

    Luchino Visconti, Marcello Pagliero, Giuseppe De Santis, Mario Serandrei (Italy, 1945). Rarely seen outside of Italy, this extremely important work was the first documentary on the German occupation of Rome, and depicts various key episodes in the work of the Italian Resistance from September 1943 until the liberation of the North in the spring of 1945. (70 mins)

  • Paisan

    • Sunday, October 3 4:00 PM

    Roberto Rossellini (Italy, 1946). A six-episode, semi-documentary portrait of wartime Italy, stretching from Sicily during the Allied Invasion to the Po Valley near war's end. “One of the strongest anti-war films ever made.”-New York Times (124 mins)

  • Teresa Venerdi

    • Saturday, October 2 6:30 PM

    Vittorio De Sica (Italy, 1941). A rare chance to see De Sica as not only director, but star; he plays a Cary Grant-like doctor on the make with nurses, patients, and showgirls, including a radiant Anna Magnani. “A romantic screwball comedy of the first rank.”-New York Times (94 mins)

  • La Terra Trema

    • Friday, October 1 7:00 PM

    Luchino Visconti (Italy, 1948). Following the struggles of impoverished Sicilian fisherfolk, Visconti “makes compositions of the most down-to-earth reality as if they were scenes from an opera or a classical tragedy.”-André Bazin. Repeated on October 30. (155 mins)