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Italian Classic Film Festival

THE CONFORMIST/ IL CONFORMISTA
Tuesday, September 16, 6:00PM, Rm. 719 Fisher Hall

(Director, Bernardo Bertolucci; Drama, 1970, 108 min.).  The conformist is 1930s Italian Marcello Clerici, a coward who has spent his life accommodating others so that he can "belong." Marcello agrees to kill a political refugee, on orders from the Fascist government, even though the victim-to-be is his college mentor. 

A SPECIAL DAY / UNA GIORNATA PARTICOLARE
Tuesday, September 30, 6:00PM, Rm. 719 Fisher Hall

(Director, Ettore Scola; Comedy/Drama, 1977, 110 min.).  On May 8, 1938, the day Hitler visited Mussolini in Rome, Antonietta, left alone in her home, strikes up a friendship with her mysterious neighbor. They develop a very special relationship that will radically alter both of their outlooks on life.

DON CAMILLO
Tuesday, October 14, 6:00PM, Rm. 719 Fisher Hall

(Director, Julien Duvivier; Comedy, 1952, 107 min.).  The peace of a rural Italian village is disrupted by the hostility between a hotheaded Catholic parish priest and the newly elected Communist Mayor. Humor and humanity flow as the explosive Don Camillo and the hard-headed mayor Peppone clash over what's best for the people.

THE EASY LIFE / IL SORPASSO
Tuesday, October 28, 6:00PM, Rm. 719 Fisher Hall

(Director, Dino Risi; Drama, 1962, 105 min.).  The ultimate Italian road comedy, Il sorpasso stars the unlikely pair of Gassman and Trintignant as, respectively, a waggish, free-wheeling bachelor and the bookish law student he takes on a madcap trip from Rome to rural Southern Italy.

ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS / ROCCO E I SUOI FRATELLI
Tuesday, November 11, 6:00PM, Rm. 719 Fisher Hall

(Director, Luchino Visconti; Drama, 1961, 177 min.).  Four poor Italian brothers and their mother leave their country home and move to bustling Milan with hopes of improving their bitter fortune. The family is thrown into chaos when two of the brothers are torn apart by their love for the same woman and their struggles to succeed in a viciously competitive world.

AMARCORD
Tuesday, December 2, 6:00PM, Rm. 719 Fisher Hall

(Director, Federico Fellini; Comedy/Drama, 1973, 124 min.).  This carnivalesque portrait of provincial Italy during the fascist period, the most personal film from Federico Fellini, satirizes the director's youth and turns daily life into a circus of social rituals, adolescent desires, male fantasies, and political subterfuge, all set to Nino Rota's classic, nostalgia-tinged score.

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