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MARCELLO MASTROIANNI RETROSPECTIVE

LOVER & LEGEND
A retrospective of seven films will celebrate the late & great Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni (1924 – 1996), on the 20th anniversary of his death, presented by Andrew L. Urban, hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney (Feb 18 – May 26, 2016). The program will feature the brilliant roles interpreted by Mastroianni in the decade which saw the flourishing of the so-called commedia all’italiana (comedy Italian Style). BOOKINGS

This period of Italian film history is widely considered to have started in 1958 with Mario Monicelli's I soliti ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street), whose success considerably helped the career of Mastroianni. The term “Italian comedy” derives from a period in which the Italian film industry was producing mainly brilliant comedies, set mostly amidst the middle-class, and characterized by a satire of manners with a hint of melancholy that mitigates the comic contents. This period of Italian film history is widely considered to have started in 1958 with Mario Monicelli's I soliti ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street), whose success considerably helped the career of Mastroianni. The term “Italian comedy” derives from a period in which the Italian film industry was producing mainly brilliant comedies, set mostly amidst the middle-class, and characterized by a satire of manners with a hint of melancholy that mitigates the comic contents. Born in 1924 in Fontana Liri, in the province of Frosinone, Marcello Mastroianni was the most famous of Italian actors on the international movie scene, and he is still remembered as the perfect Latin Lover, thanks not least to the international success achieved by the movie La Dolce Vita. The course will present Mastroianni starring in seven of the best comedies produced in Italy between 1958 and 1965, directed by some of the greatest Italian film directors, starting and ending – fittingly enough - with films by Mario Monicelli. (All the films are subtitled in English)


n La Dolce Vita

Thursday, 18 February 2016, 6.30-21.00 pm
I soliti ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street), directed by Mario Monicelli, 1958, a crime-comedy about a group of small-time thieves and ne'er-do-wells who bungle an attempt to burgle a state-run pawn shop (Monte di Pietà) in Rome.

Thursday, 3 March 2016, 6.30-21.00 pm
La dolce vita, directed by Federico Fellini, 1960, a drama-comedy set against the backdrop of Rome’s “sweet life” through the eyes of journalist Marcello Rubini, in a hopeless search for love and happiness over seven days.

Thursday, 24 March 2016, 6.30-21.00 pm
Il bell’Antonio, directed by Mario Bolognini, 1960, a French-Italian drama-comedy, set in Catania, where women adore the handsome Romeo, Antonio (Marcello Mastroianni). They think of him as the perfect lover. In reality, his life is plagued by problems, and soon he's the laughing stock of the town because of his alleged impotence.

Thursday, 7 April 2016, 6.30-21.00 pm
Divorzio all’italiana (Divorce Italian Style), a 1961 Italian comedy directed by Pietro Germi about a married Sicilian baron who falls in love with his cousin and vows to wed her, but with divorce being illegal he must concoct a crime of passion to do away with his wife.

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 6.30-21.00 pm
Ieri, oggi, domani (Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow), is a 1963 comedy anthology directed by Vittorio de Sica. The film consists of three short stories about couples in different parts of Italy.

Thursday, 12 May 2016, 6.30-21.00 pm
Matrimonio all’italiana (Marriage Italian Style), is a 1964 drama-comedy film by Vittorio De Sica, in which Domenico, a rich man and Filumena, a penniless prostitute, share a great part of their lives in immediate post WWII Italy.

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 6.30-21.00 pm
Casanova ’70, a 1965 drama-comedy directed by Mario Monicelli, about the amorous adventures of Andrea Rossi-Colombotti, an army officer who finds pleasure with beautiful women in life-threatening situations.


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Published January 28, 2016

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Course fee: $280

(10% discount for Institute members and students)

To enrol, contact the Italian Cultural Institute: studenti.iicsydney@esteri.it
or ring: 02 9261 1780

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