IN THE MOUTH OF THE WOLF (“IN BOCCA AL LUPO”)
Monday, February 20
UNSEEN FOR OVER 50 YEARS!
(1963) In Parma, near the birthplace of the revered composer Giuseppe Verdi, even the street-sweepers and cops sing opera, while soprano Margherita Roberti (née Margaret Jean Roberts in Davenport, Iowa) frets to Maestro Alberto Erede and co-stars Renato Cioni and Piero Cappuccilli that their new production of Verdi’s Luisa Miller hasn’t a prayer up against the notoriously tough pubblico parmigiano. Unseen after airing just once on U.S. television 54 years ago, a vivid record of a not-quite-vanished culture. Directed and edited by Robert Morgan. Produced and written by J.C. Sheers.
Following the screening, Verdi aficionado August Ventura will present excerpts from his forthcoming film documenting Parma’s still-going-strong Verdimania, and will chat with filmmaker, author and NYU professor George Malko, co-producer of In the Mouth of the Wolf.