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Saturday September 23 2017
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Love and Anarchy (Film d'amore e d'anarchia...)
Sat, Sep 23 11:00 AM (129 min)
An epic tragicomedy, Love and Anarchy plumbs the depths of fascist Italy from the perspective of a simple farm boy sent to kill Mussolini. Giancarlo Giannini won the best acting prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his achingly sensitive portrayal of Tunin, a freckle-faced innocent who became an accidental anarchist. His contact in Rome is Salomè (Mariangela Melato), a prostitute with her own sob story. While they prepare for the assassination, Tunin falls in love with Tripolina (Lina Polito), which threatens the entire operation. A film of operatic emotion and subversive comedy, Love and Anarchy is a powerful statement on the terror of fascism and the ignoble fates of those who challenged it. DCP courtesy of Kino Lorber
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Behind the White Glasses
Sat, Sep 23 1:30 PM (104 min)
Behind the White Glasses offers a deep dive into the groundbreaking life and career of Lina Wertmuller, the first woman ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for her masterpiece Seven Beauties. The documentary spans decades, from the unpublished pictures taken in Cinecitta, when she was Federico Fellini’s assistant director on 8 1/2, to the places where her most famous films were set, revealing the artistic and human universe of a woman who, with her unfailing irony and taste for the grotesque, has left her mark in all the fields of entertainment in which she worked: cinema, drama, television, music. The journey is accompanied by many exclusive interviews with the artists who witnessed her intense and constantly evolving career. Among them: Giancarlo Giannini, Marina Cicogna, Sophia Loren, Harvey Keitel, Nastassja Kinski, and film critic John Simon. The film features a long series of unreleased videos, images and songs written by Lina Wertmüller.
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Swept Away (Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzurro mare d'agosto)
Sat, Sep 23 4:00 PM (115 min)
Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Mediterranean, Swept Away is Lina Wertmuller's most famous and controversial film about sex, love and politics. On an elegant yacht cruising off the coast of Sardinia, Raffaella (Mariangela Melato), a rich and stunning capitalist, enjoys tormenting Gennarino (Giancarlo Giannini), a Communist sailor. Fate weaves a different scenario and roles become reversed when the two find themselves stranded together on a deserted island. Raffaella must submit to Gennarino in order to survive, which culminates in a dramatic climax when they are rescued. They must determine if their love can survive the harsh realities of civilization.
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Seven Beauties (Pasqualino Settebellezze)
Sat, Sep 23 6:30 PM (116 min)
Nominated for four Academy Awards® including Best Director, Seven Beauties stars Giancarlo Giannini (Swept Away) as Pasqualino Frafuso, known in Naples as "Pasqualino Seven Beauties." A petty thief who lives off of the profits of his seven sisters while claiming to protect their honor at any cost, Pasqualino is arrested for murder and later sent to fight in the army. The Germans capture him and he gets sent to a concentration camp where he plots to make his escape.

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White Glasses Party
Sat, Sep 23 8:30 PM (90 min)
Celebrate the cinema of Lina Wertmüller at the White Glasses Party on the mezzanine level of the Castro Theatre. Next to an excellent menu, the party includes Italian wine and drinks, special guests and other surprises! Don’t miss this event that has become a relevant part of the film series for the affectionate audience and Italy lovers.
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The Seduction of Mimi (Mimì metallurgico ferito nell'onore)
Sat, Sep 23 10:00 PM (112 min)
The Seduction of Mimiis a raucous sex comedy that brought international fame to director Lina Wertmuller. Giancarlo Giannini gives a wonderfully comic performance as the sad sack Mimi, a Sicilian laborer whose refusal to vote for the Mafia's candidate leads him to lose his job, his wife and his home. At rock bottom, he revives his spirits by falling in love with the beautiful, radical Fiorella (Mariangela Melato), with whom he starts a new life as a reliable husband and father. But the past comes back to haunt him, piling on comical complexities as all his energies surge
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