Moments of Truth: Italian Cinema Classics

11/29/08 to 12/21/08

This small but mighty collection forms a tribute to neorealism and its inheritors in Italian cinema. Works by Rossellini, Fellini, Visconti, De Sica, Olmi, and others.

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  • Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, December 19

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  • La dolce vita

    • Sunday, December 21 3:00 PM

    A sell-out in our summer widescreen series, this Fellini masterpiece eddies around Marcello Mastroianni's definitive performance as a jaded reporter drawn to the decadence he sensationalizes.

  • Zabriskie Point

    • Saturday, December 20 6:30 PM

    Antonioni filmed the '60s war between radical and straight cultures in L.A. and Death Valley. “A sorrowing, stranger's-eye view of modern America.”-Time

  • Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

    • Friday, December 19 8:45 PM

    Rarely shown, Elio Petri's suspense-thriller staring Gian Maria Volonté is a “potent study of power as pathology.”-Village Voice

  • Il Posto

    • Thursday, December 18 6:30 PM

    Ermanno Olmi's humane and heartbreaking portrait of a young man embarking on his first job in Milan captures the alienation of the working world.

  • The Fiancés

    • Thursday, December 18 8:30 PM

    This love story prompted critic Stanley Kauffman to remark, “Olmi moves through film like a bird through the air.”

  • Sandra

    • Sunday, December 14 6:30 PM

    Visconti's mood piece is an Elektra story in a family haunted by secrets and the shadow of the Holocaust.

  • The Moment of Truth

    • Saturday, December 13 6:30 PM

    Francesco Rosi's definitive cinematic treatment of bullfighting, “rendered with vivid brilliance by this uncommonly unsentimental director.”-Time Out

  • Rocco and His Brothers

    • Wednesday, December 10 7:00 PM

    A southern Italian family seeking a better life in Milan mirrors the transformation of postwar Italian society in Visconti's masterwork starring Alain Delon. “The emotional sweep of a Verdi opera and the narrative density of a 19th-century novel.”-N.Y. Times

  • The Battle of Algiers

    • Friday, December 5 6:30 PM

    “Because of its perfect fusion of form and content, one of the most strikingly successful subversive films ever made.”-Amos Vogel

  • Umberto D.

    • Sunday, November 30 5:15 PM

    De Sica's “simple, almost Chaplinesque story of a man fighting to preserve his dignity is even more moving for its firm grasp of everyday activities. . . . A truly great film.”-Chicago Reader

  • Open City

    • Saturday, November 29 8:00 PM

    A Rossellini/Magnani classic-as moving and agonizing today as it was in 1945.