After the vacation period, Cine Universitario resumes activity with a film cycle in which three essential films of Italian neorealism will be revisited.
Entitled ‘Prelude’, the program begins today with the showing of ‘Roma, Ciudad Abierta’, and continues tomorrow and the day after with the films ‘The Useless’ and ‘Rocco and His Brothers’, respectively.
“This month of August we will have a lot of national and international cinema, and from the outset we want to invite you to join us this August 4, 5 and 6 for the prelude to Italian neorealism, a small sample of three films from this important era of Italian cinema” , expressed Erick Arenas, coordinator of University Cinema.
The first on the list is a 1945 war drama that sets its story in the recently completed Second World War, and is in fact considered the first film of Italian neorealism.
“While Rome is occupied by the Nazis, the fearsome Gestapo tries to arrest the engineer Manfredi, a communist who is the leader of the National Liberation Committee. During the raid he manages to escape and asks for help from Francesco, a typographer comrade who in a few days will marry his girlfriend Pina. In addition, the parish priest, Don Pietro, also supports the cause and tries to help Manfredi and the partisans of the resistance”, reveals the synopsis of the Roberto Rossellini film.
Tomorrow, August 5, the public will be able to enjoy ‘The Useless’, a film by Federico Fellini released in 1953, awarded the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival that year.
The one that is among Stanley Kubrick’s 10 favorite films shows the harmony that exists between the residents of a town on the Italian Adriatic coast, populated by friendly and courteous people who are hard at work. “Only five young people break the peace of the community; none of them have ever worked and they are not even ashamed of it”.
Finally, on Saturday the 6th, ‘Rocco and his brothers’ will be screened, a film by Luchino Visconti dating from 1960. In this story, Rosaria and her four children leave their homeland to emigrate to Milan in search of work and opportunities that allow them improve their living conditions. There they meet Vincenzo, the older brother who works as a bricklayer, but who is related to the world of boxing.
Italian neorealism film series
Borders Cultural Center
‘Rome, open city’
August 4 at 7:00 p.m.
August 5 at 7:00 p.m.
‘Rocco and his brothers’
August 6 at 6:00 p.m.