Watching Italy in the 1980's through comedies: A film retrospective

July 10th


Bianco Rosso e Verdone (1981)

by Carlo Verdone

Three Italian have to move from their current city to vote to local elections elsewhere. Pasquale is an Italian emigrant living in Munich (Germany). He has to vote in Matera, Basilicata (south of Italy). He is genuinely happy to come back in Italy, even if just for some days; but the country he is dreaming is different from the reality he meets. Furio move from Torino to Roma with all his family. He is so niggler and heavy that Magda, his wife, is thinking to escape. Mimmo is a young good fellow, moving with his grand mother, from Verona to Roma. His trip is disturbed by worries about her health, while she is very calm.

July 17th


Borotalco (1982)

by Carlo Verdone

Sergio Benvenuti finds job as musical agent in an important Italian publisher. This could be his final step before to marry Rossella. But his career does not rise, so he asks Nadia Vandelli, a more experienced agent and a nice girl, to work together just for one day, in order to gain some more experience. They have to meet Manuel Fantoni in his own flat. Nadia is late and Sergio goes on with the meeting. Fantoni isn't what he says he is and Nadia is arriving. Everything starts rolling quickly and quickly till Sergio finds himself in an incredible and funny situation from which it will be hard to escape.

July 24th


Sapore di mare (1983) 

by Carlo Vanzina

Summer stories from the beaches of Tuscany. Time for Loving is a 1983 Italian comedy film directed by Carlo Vanzina. It obtained a great commercial success and launched a short-living subgenre of revival-nostalgic comedy films. It also generated a sequel, Sapore di mare 2 - Un anno dopo.

July 31st


An Evening of Comic Opera

with Lou Barrella

August 7th


Scusate il ritardo (1983)

 by Massimo Troisi

Vincenzo, a 30 years old apathetic and lazy man who still lives with his mother, has no job and no desire to improve. He meets Anna and fell in love with her but to keep the relationship alive he has to learn to accept more responsibility.

August 14th


Le vie del signore sono finite (1987)

by Massimo Troisi

Set during the '20s, a barber is in a wheelchair because of a psychosomatic illness after he lost the woman he loves.

August 21st



by Anton Evangelista

When a young Italian American couple living in the Bronx in 1968 get over their heads financially, she starts working nights and he starts moonlighting at a chop shop. These jobs bring new stresses to their relationship until he sets out with a gun to kill the love of his life. Will there be an intervention in time?

August 28th


Il piccolo diavolo (1988)

by Roberto Benigni

During an exorcism, father Maurice meets a little devil named Giuditta, who refuses to return to hell and decides to discover the world.

September 4th


Mignon è partita (1988)

by Francesca Archibugi

When her wealthy building contractor father goes on trial, 16-year-old Mignon (Céline Beauvallet) leaves Paris to visit family in Italy. The rather prim, snooty teen at first finds it difficult to fit in with her more earthy relatives, particularly as secrets are revealed about their individual dalliances. But, with the help of her lovestruck cousin Giorgio (Leonardo Ruta) and his supportive mother (Stefania Sandrelli), Mignon learns much about herself over the course of the summer.

September 11th


Compagni di scuola (1988)

by Carlo Verdone

Former high school friends meet for a party after 15 years, only to discover that much of the innocence and friendship is gone.

September 18th


Palombella Rossa (1989)

by Nanni Moretti

Because of an accident, Michele (a leader of P.C.I. and a water-polo player) loses his memory. During one water-polo match, strange guys torment him; they want him to remember his past. As the match is about to finish, he misses the penalty which would have let his team draw the match and keep the leadership.

September 25th


Marrakech Express (1989)

by Gabriele Salvatores

Spanish girl Teresa comes to Milan to meet Ponchia, Marco, Paolino and Cedro who have not seen each other for years: her man, their old friend Rudy, is in jail in Marrakech and needs help and money. The five decide to go to Morocco by car to get him out of trouble.

Screenings Begin at 8:00 PM (near sunset) 

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