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Reality

| 2012 | 110 min. | | ,
A Film by Matteo Garrone

From acclaimed director Matteo Garrone, REALITY is a darkly comic look at Luciano, a charming and affable fishmonger whose unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on the reality show “Big Brother” leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia. So overcome by his dream of being on…

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Terraferma

| 2011 | 88 min. | |
A Film by Emanuele Crialese

A man is put in jeopardy when he’s forced to help a family with nowhere to turn in this drama from Italian filmmaker Emanuele Crialese. Ernesto (Mimmo Cuticchio) is an elderly fisherman who lives on the Sicilian island of Linosa. The fishing business has gone into a slump and many on the…

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THE GREAT BEAUTY

| 2013 | 142 min | | ,
Paolo Sorrentino

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Journalist Jep Gambardella (the dazzling Toni Servillo, Il divo and Gomorrah) has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth…

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OPERA in Cinema: Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI

| 1787 | 205 mins | |
Kasper Holten

The debut feature film of leading opera director Kasper Holten (Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), DON GIOVANNI (JUAN) retells Mozart’s classical masterpiece as a story of the modern man’s escape from himself and his demons. Star studded cast featuring the leading Don Giovanni of today Mariusz Kwiecien…

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OPERA in Cinema: Verdi’s NABUCCO

| 2014 | 149 Mins | |
Daniele Abbado’

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Placido Domingo, one of the most celebrated vocal talents of our time, is making a major role debut. This is a rare chance to see a genre-defining masterwork, containing some of the greatest choral music ever written, along with some wonderful arias and ensembles. This new production of Nabucco is not-to-be-missed. Domingo…

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Opera in Cinema: Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA

| 1994 | 190 minutes | |
Richard Eyre's

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Verdi’s La Traviata, based on Alexander Dumas fils’s play La Dame aux camélias, is one of Verdi’s most popular operas, combining drama, passion and memorable melodies. Verdi’s tragic tale of a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices all for love is vividly presented in Richard Eyre’s production. Alfredo and the courtesan Violetta fall passionately in…

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SOLD OUT — CLOSING NIGHT FILM: A FIVE STAR LIFE and Closing Reception — SOLD OUT!

| 2013 | 85 minutes | |
Maria Sole Tognazzi

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Our closing night reception will begin immediately following the film and is to be held in the Film Center lobby and porch area – food and libations and live music.  A Five Star Life is the sophisticated and delightful story of one woman’s quest for personal and professional fulfillment set against some…

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Classic Film Night: IL SORPASSO (1962)

| 1961 | 105 mins | | ,
Directed by Dino Risi

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A post Italian neo-realist film full of life and spontaneity. Every second of this film is refreshing and the characters take you along for the ride.    The ultimate Italian road comedy, Il sorpasso stars the unlikely pair of Vittorio Gassman and Jean-Louis Trintignant as, respectively, a waggish, freewheeling bachelor and the…

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OPERA in cinema: IL TROVATORE

| 2013 | 137 minutes | |
Giuseppe Verdi

Sunday November 02, 2014, 12 pm
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This musical feast from Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden stars Anna Netrebko and Plácido Domingo in debut roles at the head of an impressive ensemble directed by Daniel Barenboim. Anna Netrebko, “in devastating form” (The Times), draws a compelling and immediate portrait of Leonora from beginning to end. At her side, the…

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OPERA in cinema: Rossini’s LA CENERENTOLA

, | 2012 | 165 minutes | |
Joan Font

Sunday January 11, 2015, 12pm
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Presentation “Catch Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez in what may just be definitive performances in Rossini’s enchanting rags-to-riches rendition,” entreated James Sohre in his review of Rossini’s beloved dramma giocoso “La Cenerentola” in Opera Today. This performance from Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu captures all the vocal sparks and dazzle generated…

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OPERA in cinema: LA FORZA

, | 2014 | 210 minutes | |
Martin Kušej

Sunday February 15, 2015, 12pm
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Presentation La forza del destino – what is the meaning of the destiny that Verdi uses so forcefully? Who forces Leonora, and Alvaro as the murderer of her father, to enter the hermitage of a monastery – and confronts them there, in a mighty showdown, with the brother who is full of…

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OPERA in cinema: Cavalleria and Pagliacci

| 2014 | 170 minutes | |
Enrico Castiglione

Sunday March 15, 2015, 12pm
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Cavalleria Rusticana Adapted from the short story written by Giovanni Verga, Cavalleria Rusticana is a one-act opera considered one of the classics of verismo opera. The opera was composed by Pietro Mascagni, with a libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti, as part of an 1888 competition by Milanese publisher Edoardo Sonzogno. After winning the…

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OPERA in cinema: L’ELISIR D’AMORE

| 2012 | 130 minutes | |
Rolando Villazón

Sunday April 12, 2015, 12 pm
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Presentation From the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden comes this spectacular production of Gaetano Donizetti’s wonderful L’Elisir d’Amore. Set as a classic Western, this is the second directorial work of Rolando Villazón (following his directorial debut in 2011 with Werther at Opera de Lyon). Villazòn as director and Nemorino — these tidings alone were…

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OPERA in cinema: RIGOLETTO

| 2014 | 129 minutes | |
Stefano Vizioli

Sunday May 10, 2015, 12pm
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Presentation Considered one of Giuseppe Verdi’s greatest accomplishments, Rigoletto continues to enthrall audiences worldwide with its tragic plot and famous arias. One of the most popular arias of all time, “La donna e’ mobile,” is so catchy that prior to Rigoletto’s premiere in Venice of 1851, Verdi swore the tenor to secrecy,…