ONLINE CLASS: Movies…Italian Style

DATES: 12/06/2020 - 01/03/2021
LOCATION: None
PRICE: $80.00
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Andy Holtzman, a former film historian who founded the independent cinema at the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Public Theater. He will be joined each workshop by a different co-moderator, selected to balance the historical and cultural discussion around our films.  Several of our co-moderators will be Zooming-in live from Italy to offer an authentic examination of Italian cinematic impact within their country and across the globe.

Andy Holtzman, a former film historian who founded the independent cinema at the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Public Theater. He will be joined each workshop by a different co-moderator, selected to balance the historical and cultural discussion around our films.  Several of our co-moderators will be Zooming-in live from Italy to offer an authentic examination of Italian cinematic impact within their country and across the globe.

Movies…Italian-Style, a Cinema Study Series

As Il Chiostro’s growing roster of Zoom workshops have rapidly filled the 2020 travel void, the virtual workshop opportunity has opened up new possibilities for ever broader reaches into other areas of Italian culture – like the movies!

Post-World War II Italy saw the rise of several influential directors who burst onto the world film arena. Actors such as Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni or Gina Lollobrigida achieved international stardom during this period.  Directors like Fellini became household names, the composers influence movie scores even today and the glamorous Venice Film Festival, the oldest in the world, captures the industry’s attention every September when they award the coveted Golden Lions.

Movies…Italian-Style will explore a treasure-trove of films across a broad historical swath of Italian cinema from the Golden Era of Italian cinema (Neo-Realism – Rossellini, Visconti, DeSica) into the surrealism of Fellini, to Post Modernist Italian classics like Il Postino, Life Is Beautifu and Cinema Paradiso.  We will screen, examine and then discuss these films together.

Those who have had the opportunity over the years to relish in The Il Chiostro Experience – of having a pivotal artistic opportunity while drinking in the lusciousness of Italian culture — will enjoy the camaraderie in this series as we explore the vast world of Italian cinema – old and new.

How it Will Work

  • once you register, we will send the options for where/how you can see the film (usually Netflix or Youtube)
  • you watch the film in advance at your own convenience (sometimes you’ll need to rent the film for $3.99, other times it will be free, depending in what services you subscribe to.)  We suggest you watch the films in Italian with subtitles.
  • at the appointed date and time, follow our zoom invitation to access the discussion
  • listen as Andy and the co-moderator make their presentation about the film, historically, culturally and artistically
  • participate in the discussion of the film
  • follow the suggestions afterwards to watch other films in the same genre 0r explore the history of the era further

For this series we have selected 5 important films.  You can register for the whole series here or register for each class separately.

     


Class Dates: Sunday Brunch, December 6, 13, 20, 27 & January 3

Time:  1:00pm Eastern Time (That is 12:00pm Central time, 11:00am Mountain time and 10:00am Pacific time, or 6:00pm in the UK and 7:00pm in Europe)

Class Length:  1 hour presentation + questions

Price:  $20 for single class or the series of all 5 sessions for $80.


Notes about the 5 films we have chosen for this first series of Italian cinema:

December 6  –  Il Postino (The Postman), directed by Michael Redman, 1995

A leisurely and deeply moving award-winning hit, this is a tale of the highly unlikely friendship between exiled Cuban poet Pablo Neruda (Philippe Noiret) and an unemployed, uneducated dreamer (Massimo Troisi) living on a tiny Italian isle. Mario soon becomes not only Neruda’s mailman, but a student of the poet, learning the art of poetry to woo a local barmaid. It’s a moving relationship, set against Fascist Italy, that changes the lives of both men in remarkable ways.

Still from Il Postino


December 13  –  Open City, directed by Roberto Rossellini, 1946

Few films have had as seismic an impact on world cinema as Rossellini’s compelling, unashamedly powerful account of the Italian underground’s duel with the occupying Nazis. However, it’s the rough, newsreel-like visuals, using real life actors like the incomparable Anna Magnani along with non-performers that bring a visceral immediacy and authenticity to this neo-realism classic.


December 20  –  Life Is Beautiful (La Vita E Bella), directed by Roberto Begnini, 1998

This multiple Oscar-winning film is a daring departure for one of the world’s most acclaimed comic actors. An extraordinarily original film featuring strong acting, great direction, and a risky but riveting story that entertains and saddens at the same time. A great example of Italian Post Modernism filmmaking at its most original.


December 27  –  8 1/2, directed by Federico Fellini, 1963

The classic Oscar-winning Fellini film that launched the director’s unique brand of dream-like surrealism. Troubled Italian filmmaker Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni) struggles with creative stasis as he attempts to get a new movie off the ground. He retreats into his thoughts, and frequently wanders into wildly fantastical territory. As he tries to sort out his many entanglements, romantic and otherwise, Mastrianni finds his film production is becoming autobiographical…or is it Fellini’s story as well?


January 3  –  Sophia Loren in The Life Ahead, directed by Edoardo Ponti, 2020

This film features the exciting return to the screen of timeless screen legend Sophia Loren in more than a decade! Bringing to the table her lifetime of experience, talent, and sense of truth, Loren plays Madame Rosa, who operates an unofficial juvenile way-station for abandoned children. Here, she meets her match in Momo, short for Mohamed, played by the extraordinarily talented 14-year-old newcomer, Ibrahima Gueye. Their evolving relationship is beautiful, strong and fragile. Directed by Loren’s son, Edoardo Ponti.

This class is online.  You can enjoy it from your own home using your laptop, iPad or smartphone.

Once you register, we’ll send you a Zoom link to join the class on the specific day, at the appointed hour.

You don’t need a Zoom account.  Just click the link and you will be admitted.

We will send you the zoom invitation once you register for the class.

Please log in a few minutes early to greet the others and to get situated.