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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 19, 2011 THE HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE PRESENTS VIVA I'TALIA! The Risorgimento on Screen Friday, September 16 - Friday, September 30, 2011 ABOUT THE FILMMAKER -Italy was still a young nation when cinema was invented, with 1861 marking the meeting of the first Ital- ian parliament and the founding of the modern Ital- ian nation. In truth, the Ital- ian state was born from a long series of struggles stretching from 1815 to 1870 with Ital- ian nationalists led most sig- nificantly by Giuseppe Gari- baldi driving the Bourbons out of southern Italy and the Austrians out of the north. This arduous struggle to- wards a unified nation-state has been named the "Risorgi- mento," from the Italian word for "resurgence," chosen for its echoes of the word "renaissance." From its beginnings, the cinema of Italy has been drawn to narratives exploring the establishment of Italian identity, a fascination legible in the many epics of the Roman Empire created dur- ing the silent era and resur- rected as the peplum genre in the 1950s and 1960s. The films chosen for the current program all depict military and political events from the crucial decades in the middle of the eighteenth century when the Italian state took shape. This program is a co- presentation of the Harvard Film Archive and the Consu- late General of Italy, oston. Special Thanks: Giuseppe Pastorelli, Consul General of Italy, Boston; Ubaldo Panitti - Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Italy; Laura Argento - Cineteca Nazion- ale; Carmen Accaputo Cineteca di Bologna. Senso -- Friday, Septem- ber 16 at 7pm. Visconti's endless fascination with the lives of those who walk against the winds of history finds sumptuous expression in Senso when a self-pos- sessed Venetian countess who supports the fight against the Austrians falls madly in love with a soldier from the occupying army. The conflict between her heart and her head is echoed on a soundtrack also at odds be- tween the music of Austrian late-romantic composer Anton Bruckner and Giuseppe Verdi who was in- delibly associated with the Risorgimento. Preceded by The Capture of Rome (La presa di Roma) Filoteo Alberini's depiction of the entry into Rome by the Italian army - marking the unification of the central peninsula - is the first ma- jor historical film in Italian cinema. 1860 m Friday, Septem- ber 16 at 9:30 pm. Consid- ered today the most signifi- cant Italian filmmaker to emerge during the 1930s, Alessandro Blasetti is best known for this great master- piece. 1860 is the story of Garibaldi's invasion of Sicily told from the viewpoint of a newly married shepherd and the wife he leaves behind when he joins the fight against occupying Bourbon forces. A Garibaldian in the Con- vent (Un garibaldino al convento) m Saturday Sep- tember 17 at 7pm. Like Visconti and Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica began his career in the early 1940s, when the film industry was still under fascist control. One of his earliest films as a director is this charming character study about a young man fighting for Italy's unification. Garibaldi (Viva l'Italia!) Saturday, September 17 at 9pm. After the success of General della Rovere (1959), Rossellini received a com- mission to make a film com- memorating the centennial of Garibaldi's invasion of Sic- ily, the same events depicted by Blasetti in 1860. Allonsanfan  Sunday, September 18 at 4:30 pm. With their signature blend of historical sweep and magic realism, the Taviani broth- ers explore the waning of revolutionary hopes in early 19th-century Italy. Marcello Mastroianni plays a Lombard aristocrat and would-be in- surgent whose utopian ardor, stoked by the French Revo- lution, withers in the face of incarceration and the Bour- bon Restoration. Upon his re- lease from prison, however, his former associates goad him into supporting a peas- ant uprising in southern Italy. Paisan (Paist) Friday, September 23 at 7 pm. The middle film in Rossellini's famous "war trilogy" - be- tween Open City and Germany Year Zero - Paisd is not a m about the events of the Risorgimento, but instead a series of sequences from the lives of everyday Italians, both civilians and antifascist partisans, during the fight for the liberation of Italy by the Allied armies in 1943 and 1944. POST-GAZETTE EAST BOSTON SATELLITE OFFICE ,s NOW OPEN 35 Bennington Street, East Boston 617.227.8929 TUES. 10:00 A.M. - 3.00 P.M. THURS. 11:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M. ACCEPTING Advertisements . [" ................ The Bandit of Tacca del Lupo (Il Brigante DiTacca del Lupo)- Friday, Sep- tember 23 at 9:30pm. Best known in the States for 1960s comedies like Divorce, Italian Style, Pietro Germi originally worked in the neorealist vein -- gradually infusing his style and subject matter with elements of genre. Co-written by Fred- erico Fellini, The Bandit of Tacca del Lupo is a Western set in Sicily during the tur- bulent 1860s, when unifica- tion meant not autonomy but a new conquest, this time by the forces of northern Italy. In a battle over the control of a small town that draws the terrorist campaign of bandit leader Raffa Raffa and a wily team of sharpshooters, Germi's eye for military ac- tion in a dramatic landscape exposes his deep adoration of John Ford, and his clear- eyed, cold-blooded filmmak- ing takes no sides - both the government forces and the rebels appear more capable of cynical calculation than ostentatious heroics. Little Ancient World (- Piccolo Mondo Antico) Sunday, September 25 at 4:30 pm. Though little-seen in the US since its release during WWII, Italy's equiva- lent to Gone With the Wind was also inordinately popular, imbued with nostalgia and based on a novel that set a melodramatic romance against a backdrop of major historical events. The Leopard (ll gattopardo)  Friday, Sep- tember 30 at 7pm. Like the classic novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa on which it is based, Visconti's masterpiece is an opulent evocation of a society in flux during the fight for Italian unification. Burt Lancaster plays the Sicilian nobleman of the title who attempts to maintain his power amid the escalating rise of the bour- geoisie. Harvard Film Archive, lo- cated at 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA. For more details call (617) 495-4700 or log on to Rapino Memorial Home 9 Chelsea St., East Boston 617-567-1380 Kirby-Rapino Memorial Home 917 Bennington St. East Boston 617-569-0305 Dino C. Manca Funeral Director A Family Service Affiliate of AFFS/Service Corp. Int'l 206 Winter St. * Fall River, MA 02720 508-676-2454 THINKING .... by Sal Giarratani  .... / "'Balancing Life's Risks and Rewards" I noticed that billboard in East Boston near Bremen Street Park has a new mes- sage from the Prudential In- surance Company. I liked the old one, but this one is good too, as far as insight goes. It now reads: "Balanc- ing Life's Risks and Re- wards." When I power walk, my head never faces the ground like lots of other folks. I'm always afraid I'll miss something and end up falling down. It affords me the opportunity of seeing life around me like a message on a billboard. Life's risks and rewards? Balancing acts? Struggles of choice? Making the right decisions? No wonder some people never want to get out of bed in the morning. It can bring to mind that old song by The Who, whose lyrics go, "Who are you?" When we are young, we never see risks but only rewards. As we age, our risks seem to outnumber our re- wards. Part of this attitude change is due to growing pains and part of it is due to the pessimism that goes along with growing older and not always wiser. I like power walking. I like that good tired feeling of exercising hard. There is no gain without the pain as they say. How many of us suffer through our personal lives or work careers, always afraid to move for fear of failing? We let risks stop us from moving in life. We never see rewards in taking a risk when those can become our best rewards. How many settle for the easiest path of life rather than the struggle for something possibly bet- ter. Easier always seems easier, but is it really? Two people stand in Bremen Street Park at the community gardens. One sees work and the other sees the results. Am I talking vegetables? Or life? Am I talking of taking risks? Or seeking rewards? Two people stand at a crosswalk. One is young looking for that career to start and the other not so young and looking at a career near its end. They're in two different places or not? Your guess is as good as mine. One wonders what will be. The other wonders why. One stands on the start line. The other doesn't want to see the finish line. Life becomes a marathon taking us from where to where? A friend of mine named Frank just passed away before his 90 u birthday. He retired from one job at 65 years old and began a new job for the next near quarter century. He worked to live. His reward was waking up every morning until he never woke up again. Balancing life's risks and rewards is a daily job. It is not a defining moment in one's life but rather a long routine to be followed. Frank never thought or the risks or probably the rewards either. Sometimes we all think too much and just get headaches from it. The real balancing act is learn- ing how to learn from life. When we do this our storms and rough seas adapt to us and not the other way around. Meanwhile, hold onto an- other great lyric from The Who that goes, "I hope I die before I get old." Not old as in old age but old as in attitude. Then, we can stand at any crossroad and see clearly. DIVORCE * CRIMINAL * LAW OFFICES OF FRANK J. CIANO 230 MSGR. O'BRIEN HIGHWAY GENERAL PRACTICE OF LAW WILLS *. 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