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ROMAN HOLLYWOOD:
American Movies go to Italy

Through Thursday, December 21

Programmed by Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan

“I am going to Italy to learn everything there is to learn about love,” announces Suzanne Pleshette after quitting her librarian job at a women’s college. Like Pleshette in Delmer Daves’ Rome Adventure, Hollywood discovered Italy after the war. Fueled by the lure of advantageous co-productions, tax breaks, exotic locations, the bargain-priced soundstages and work force at Rome’s Cinecittà, and by la dolce vita, American moviemakers embraced the country passionately. When the embargo on anything American was lifted after Mussolini’s fall, Hollywood movies flooded Italian screens, and were soon followed by an army of producers, stars and directors – including Orson Welles, Edgar G. Ulmer, Vincent Minnelli, Billy Wilder, William Wyler, and Robert Aldrich and stars like Audrey Hepburn, Clark Gable, Ingrid Bergman, Katharine Hepburn, Kirk Douglas, and Victor Mature.
 
Says Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan, programmer of the series, “What became ‘Hollywood on the Tiber’ was an unlikely cultural/cinematic crossroad, where lavish epics  like Quo VadisBen Hur, and Cleopatra rose side by side with Italian Neo-realism. Rid of Fascism and entering an economic boom, Italy became a joyful, stylish symbol of Europe’s new freedom: political, cultural, and sexual – a progressive state of mind with authentic Old World backdrops, and a home-grown movie industry that could match its counterpart in California.”
 
In later years, Italian-Americans like Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Cimino, and Martin Scorsese have returned to make films at Cinecittà – founded eighty years ago this year by Mussolini.

Films in this Series

Wednesday, December 6

1:00   6:20

Wednesday, December 6

3:00   8:20

Thursday, December 7 

THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN
2:50   7:25

ROME ADVENTURE
12:30   5:05   9:30

Friday, December 8

1:00

Friday, December 8

3:45   7:00

Friday, December 8

9:10

Saturday, December 9

12:30

Saturday, December 9

4:00

Saturday, December 9

8:00

Sunday, December 10

ROMAN HOLIDAY
1:20   5:40

SUMMERTIME
3:40   8:00

Monday, December 11

ROMAN HOLIDAY
12:30   4:50

SUMMERTIME
2:50

Monday, December 11

7:15

Monday, December 11

10:10

Tuesday, December 12

THE CRIMSON PIRATE
12:30   4:30   8:30

THE PIRATES OF CAPRI
2:35   6:35

Wednesday, December 13

BUONA SERA, MRS. CAMPBELL
12:30   5:10   9:45

COME SEPTEMBER
2:45   7:30

Thursday, December 14 

1:00   4:00   8:35

Thursday, December 14 

6:30

Friday, December 15 

12:30   4:20   8:10

Friday, December 15

2:15   6:05

Friday, December 15

9:55

Saturday, December 16

BEAT THE DEVIL
12:30   4:50
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THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA
2:20   6:40
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DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.

Saturday, December 16

9:20

Sunday, December 17

12:30

Sunday, December 17

3:45

Sunday, December 17

7:40

Monday, December 18

HELEN OF TROY
12:30   4:55   9:20

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HANNIBAL
2:50   7:15

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DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.

Tuesday, December 19

12:40   7:15

Tuesday, December 19

4:45

Wednesday, December 20

FRANCIS OF ASSISI
12:30   4:50   9:10

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PRINCE OF FOXES
2:40   7:00

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DOUBLE FEATURE: Two films for one admission. Tickets purchased entitle patrons to stay and see the following film at no additional charge.

Thursday, December 21

12:30   7:45

Thursday, December 21

4:45