Saturday, January 29, 2011


After the success of their fall film series on Italian Neo-Realism, the Dante Alighieri Society of Santa Cruz is back with a new winter season of Italian cinema. Screening one Sunday a month for the next three months, the new series is devoted to "Italian Directors of the '60s," a molto bene area of study if ever there was one.

First up this weekend is the provocatively titled Sedotta e Abbandonata (Seduced and Abandoned). Director Pietro Germi followed up his huge international hit, Divorce, Italian Style, with this 1964 satirical comedy about the dubious results when an old-school father demands that the cad who got his teenage daughter pregnant marry her. No Marcello or Sophia in this one, but a dewy young Stefania Sandrelli stars as the plucky bride/ mother-to-be. Screens this Sunday, January 30.

Other directors spotlighted in the series are Michelangelo Antonioni (The Eclipse, screening February 13) and the one and only Federico Fellini (8 1/2, screening March 20). Dr. William Park, Faculty Emeritus, Sarah Lawrence College, will introduce each film, and lead a discussion with the audience afterwareds.

Films screen at Cabrillo College, VAPA At History Forum Room 1001, 7 pm. Admission is free. For more info (and cool poster art) click here.

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