Friday, July 06, 2012 - Friday, August 31, 2012
Leading ladies of the Italian screen
If the decades following World War II were the Italian cinema’s golden age, Italian actresses were the ones who made it sparkle and gleam. The earthy, mercurial Anna Magnani embodied the unvarnished emotional and moral force of neorealism. Giulietta Masina’s wide-eyed waifs animated Federico Fellini’s fabulism. With lusty physicality or smoldering splendor, stars like Gina Lollobrigida, Sophia Loren, and Claudia Cardinale seduced audiences worldwide. Showcasing these celebrated performers in iconic roles, this series also presents stellar performances by less widely known actresses, such as the indomitable Tina Pica, as well as familiar faces in unfamiliar places: how about Antonioni icon Monica Vitti in a madcap farce?
Of course, any tribute to great Italian performers is also a tribute to great Italian directors, and the series features works by Fellini, Roberto Rossellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Luchino Visconti, Alberto Sordi, and others, many in imported 35mm prints. It amounts to a summer tour through postwar Italian film, taking in both major cinematic landmarks and less traveled byways, towering monuments of neorealism and obscure gems of commedia all’italiana. Each stop along the route brings an encounter with another unforgettable actress. To each of them, we say: bravissima.
For more information call 510.642.1124, to purchase tickets 510.642.5249 or visit the official website bampfa.berkeley.edu
Date: Friday, July 06, 2012 - Friday, August 31, 2012
Location: PFA Theater 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Organized by: PFA Pacific Film Archive
In collaboration with: Italian Cultural Institute and Cinecitta' Luce s.p.a.
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