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American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre Presents...
Movies on the Big Screen Since 1940!
1328 Montana Avenue at 14th Street in Santa Monica

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Series Produced by: Silvia Bizio

Compiled by Silvia Bizio, Dennis Bartok, Camilla Cormanni, Martina Palaskov-Begov and Gwen Deglise. Shorts compiled by Andrew P. Crane.

Special Thanks to: Alessandro Usai/CINECITTA’ HOLDING; Fortunato Celi Zullo, Carol Fabi, Anna Sannito & Claudia Antonucci/ITALIAN TRADE & FILM COMMISSION; Aurelio De Laurentiis/FILMAURO; CATTLEYA; RAI TRADE; ISTITUTO LUCE; COLORADO FILMS.


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The American Cinematheque is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization.
The Film Programs of the American Cinematheque are presented at the newly re-opened and renovated Aero Theatre at 1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica and at the magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
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<<< October 7 - 13, 2005 >>>

Under the Sign of Antonioni

Cinema Italian Style: New Films From Italy

Presented by American Cinematheque and Cinecittą Holding - Rome:


There will be screenings in this series at the Egyptian Theatre October 6 - 16.

Presented in association with A.I.P. FilmItalia and the Italian Film Commission, with the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Culture, and in collaboration with the Italian Consulate and the Italian Cultural Institute.

Continuing in the glorious tradition of such filmmakers as Michelangelo Antonioni (whose complete retrospective in new prints from Cinecittą Holding screens at the L.A. County Museum in September), Pier Paolo Pasolini, Luchino Visconti and Bernardo Bertolucci, contemporary Italian cinema remains among the most vibrant and unpredictable anywhere in Europe, examining and celebrating an Italy both ancient and modern, pastoral and urban.

This two-week showcase of the best and most challenging in new Italian filmmaking opens with the bittersweet comedy MANUAL OF LOVE from director Giovanni Veronesi, the biggest Italian box office hit of the past year.

The series closes with the L.A. Premiere of director Pupi Avati’s SO WHEN ARE THE GIRLS COMING?, a jazz-themed portrait of the friendship between three "Gen X" Italian youths.

The series features recent films from acclaimed directors including Cristina Comencini’s gripping emotional drama, DON’T TELL; Marco Tullio Giordana (BEST OF YOUTH), with his latest ONCE YOU ARE BORN …, about the collision between a wealthy Italian family and a boatload of illegal immigrants; Ettore Scola’s loving portrait of one of Neorealist Italian Cinema’s greatest screenwriters, Sergio Amidei; and Academy Award-winning director Gabriele Salvatores (MEDITERRANEO) with the offbeat, female private eye thriller QUO VADIS, BABY?

Emerging filmmakers in the series include director Roberto Faenza, with the hard-hitting Mafia drama COME INTO THE LIGHT; Giuseppe Piccioni, with THE LIFE I WANT, a surprising, behind-the-scenes romance about an actor and actress who fall in love both on-screen and off-; Michele Placido, with the hotly-anticipated crime epic ROMANZO CRIMINALE; plus a program of the best of "New Italian Short Films."

The series will also feature several classics of Italian Cinema, including Vittorio De Sica’s YESTERDAY, TODAY & TOMORROW, starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni, and De Sica’s legendary Neorealist classic SHOESHINE, along with the Los Angeles Premiere of Michelangelo Antonioni’s lost, 3-1/2 hour documentary on modern China, CHUNG KUO-CINA from 1972!


We are thrilled to welcome as our guests for the "Cinema Italian Style" Series directors Giovanni Veronesi (MANUAL OF LOVE), Cristina Comencini (DON’T TELL), Marco Tullio Giordana (ONCE YOU ARE BORN …), Gabriele Salvatores (QUO VADIS, BABY?), Giuseppe Piccioni (THE LIFE I WANT), and Pupi Avati (SO WHEN ARE THE GIRLS COMING?). For more information on the series please go to:

[All films in Italian with English subtitles.]





Friday, October 7 - 7:30 PM

QUO VADIS, BABY?, 2005, Colorado Films, 102 min. The latest film from Oscar-winning director Gabriele Salvatores (MEDITERRANEO), QUO VADIS BABY? is the story of a female private investigator who leads a self-destructive, almost Bukowski-esque life. Suddenly one day, her past comes knocking violently on the door as she’s forced to re-confront her long-dead sister’s apparent suicide. A uniquely atmospheric and surprising film noir. Starring Gigi Alberti, Angela Baraldi, Luigi Maria Burrano and Elio Germano. Discussion following with director Gabriele Salvatores.

>>Also showing at the Egyptian Theatre on October 8.



Saturday, October 8 - 5:00 PM

LA BESTIA NEL CUORE (DON’T TELL), 2005, Cattleya, 122 min. Director Cristina Comencini’s (THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DAY OF MY LIFE) dark and gritty drama, fresh from the Venice Film Festival official selection, is based on her own acclaimed novel. The notion of "beast" in the film and in the novel are linked to a dark and uncontrollable side of the human mind and behavior. When Sabrina (Giovanna Mezzogiorno, FACING WINDOW), a happily engaged-to-be-married young woman, finds out she’s pregnant, terrible secrets from her family’s past start to re-emerge. Also starring Alessio Boni (BEST OF YOUTH, ONCE YOU’RE BORN…), Giuseppe Battiston, Angela Finocchiaro. Director Cristina Comencini will not be able to appear as was previously announced.

>>Also showing at the Egyptian Theatre on October 7.


Saturday, October 8 - 7:30 PM

ROMANZO CRIMINALE, 2005, Cattleya, 150 min. One of the most hotly anticipated Italian films of the year, from actor/director Michele Placido, ROMANZO CRIMINALE traces the "underground history" of Rome’s organized crime from the 1970’s to the 1990’s. The cast includes some of the freshest and most gifted Italian talents: Kim Rossi Stuart, Stefano Accorsi, Luigi Angelillo, Toni Bertorelli, Pierfrancesco Favino, Anna Mouglasis and Jasmine Trinca. Based on the novel by Giancarlo De Cataldo and written by Sandro Petraglia (ONCE YOU ARE BORN…, BEST OF YOUTH).

>>Also showing at the Egyptian Theatre on October 9.



Sunday, October 9 - 5:00 PM

QUANDO SEI NATO NON PUOI PIU’ NASCONDERTI (ONCE YOU ARE BORN …), 2005, 01 Distribuzione/TF1 Int’l, 115 min. Director Marco Tullio Giordana (BEST OF YOUTH) returns with another tremendous, powerfully-acted drama of hearts and souls in turmoil, yearning for some place of safety. The son of well-to-do parents falls overboard while arguing with his father, and is miraculously saved by a boat filled with illegal immigrants. Giordana has the power to master difficult, deep and delicate stories without running into over-the-top melodramatic pathos. Starring Alessio Boni (BEST OF YOUTH), Michela Crescon, Rodolfo Corsato (MANUAL OF LOVE) and Matteo Gadola..

>>Also showing at the Egyptian Theatre on October 15.



Thursday, October 13 – 7:30 PM

Classic Italian Films:

SCIUSCIA (SHOESHINE), 1946, 93 min. Dir. Vittorio De Sica. A dramatic and touching statement on the human and social conditions of Italian youth during the depressed years following WWII. Written by Sergio Amidei and performed by non-professional young actors, this is the story of "sciuscia" boys (the malapropism they use to lure wealthy foreigners that need "their shoes shined") in Rome and how their needs grow up quickly in order to survive. Starring Franco Interlenghi (ROMANZO CRIMINALE), Rinaldo Smordoni, Annielo Mele, Bruno Ortenzi, Emilio Cigoli. >>Also showing at the Egyptian Theatre on October 15.

IERI, OGGI, DOMANI (YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW), 1963, 118 min. Dir. Vittorio De Sica. The Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, YESTERDAY, TODAY & TOMORROW solidified Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren’s status as icons of Italian cinema, and offered Loren a delicious trio of comic roles: as Anna, a pregnant black marketeer in Naples; as Anna, a bored rich girl in Milan who cares more for her Rolls Royce than her current loverboy; and Mara, a Rome prostitute who collides with a young seminary student and his outraged granny! Introduction to screening by Brando De Sica, Vittorio De Sica’s grandson.

>>Also showing at the Egyptian Theatre on October 14.