SPECIAL PROCIDA OPENING NIGHT!
Il Postino – The Postman (1995) by Massimo Troisi
Tuesday, July 12 at 8 pm
Based on true events, Il Postino portrays the story of a shy postman who develops a transformative friendship with the exiled Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. On a tiny island off the Italian coast in 1953, the postman has been given the job of delivering mail to the town’s new resident. He is astonished by the remarkable amount of mail from women that Neruda receives, and forges a relationship with the poet to learn the secret of his unlikely power over women.
Through their friendship, Neruda not only helps the shy postman capture the town’s most beautiful woman, but he also inspires the postman to see himself and his quiet fishing village in a lyrical way.
Nominated for five Academy awards, the film is a graceful masterpiece with beautiful performances by Philippe Noiret as Neruda and Massimo Troisi as Mario Ruoppolo, the postman. The film was Troisi’s dream project, and despite his failing heart, he insisted on seeing it through and ultimately died the day production wrapped.
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08/09/2022 6:00 PM - 08/09/2022 10:00 PM
Join us for Casa Belvedere’s Musica Sotte Le Stelle – an evening of fine outdoor dining and a live performance:
Vanessa Racci, The Jazzy Italian Tuesday, Aug 9 • 6:30 to 9:30 pm; doors open at 6 pm
Come and savor fine dining ‘al fresco’ style while Vanessa Racci serenades you with her unique brand of Italian Jazz. She will perform music from her first album Italiana Fresca, which reinvents Italian classics with modern jazz arrangements.
Vanessa will also give a sneak peek into songs from her soon-to-be-released album Jazzy Italian (on Zoho Records), which celebrates Italian American composers in jazz, and will perform a few other jazzified tunes from Italian American singers and composers.
Added bonus: mesmerizing views of New York City’s Harbor and the Verrazzano Bridge as a backdrop. Reserve now, because this event will sell out quickly! If it rains, the dinner and show will be presented indoors.
$125 members, $135 non-members (tax and gratuities included)
Four-course dinner includes wine and soft drinks.
08/16/2022 8:00 PM - 08/16/2022 10:00 PM
Special Holocaust Series: “If You Are Not Indifferent, Things Can Be Different”
La Vita e’ Bella – Life is Beautiful (1999) by Roberto Benigni
Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 8 pm
A gentle Jewish-Italian waiter, Guido Orefice, meets Dora, a pretty schoolteacher, and wins her over with his charm and humor. Eventually they marry and have a son, Giosué. Their happiness is abruptly halted, however, when Guido and Giosué are separated from Dora and taken to a concentration camp. Determined to shelter his son from the horrors of his surroundings, Guido convinces Giosué that their time in the camp is merely a game.
08/23/2022 8:00 PM - 08/23/2022 10:00 PM
Laugh in Rome!
Come un Gatto in Tangenziale - Like a Cat on the Highway (2018) by Riccardo Milani
Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 8 pm
Giovanni and Monica are the most diverse people on earth. He is an intellectual who prophesies social integration and lives in downtown Rome, while she is a former supermarket cashier dealing every day with the problematic multicultural environment of her suburban neighborhood. They would never have met if their 12-year-old kids did not get together. The two adults have a common goal: the relationship between their children, which has the life expectations of a cat on a highway, must come to an end … until something between them starts to change.
08/29/2022 4:00 PM - 08/29/2022 5:00 PM
Monday, August 29 • 4:00-5:00 pm
Homemade break-away Cinnamon Buns
08/29/2022 7:00 PM - 08/29/2022 9:00 PM
Monday, August 29 • 7:00-9:00 pm
Cacio é Pepe Potato Gnocchi
08/30/2022 8:00 PM - 08/30/2022 10:00 PM
L’Arminuta (2021) by Giuseppe Bonito
Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 8 pm
On a midsummer day, a 13-year-old girl is returned to her real family she didn't know she belonged to. She lived for much of her life with a loving mother and father, then suddenly she loses everything about her. She is no longer a young girl of high hopes; she is simply the Arminuta that is the returned. From a middle-class family, she finds herself living in a difficult reality in the Abruzzo countryside, in an empty, dull, and too-small house for a family of five.
09/26/2022 4:00 PM - 09/26/2022 5:00 PM
Monday, September 26 • 4:00-5:00 pm
Make your own Pizza and add your favorite toppings!
09/26/2022 7:00 PM - 09/26/2022 9:00 PM
Monday, September 26 • 7:00-9:00 pm
By popular demand: Stuffed Artichokes!