Friday, September 25, 2015

Classic 4 DeSica Films at the Castro Theater on Saturday

Bay Area cineastes and lovers of Italian culture have a special day-long treat on tap tomorrow, Sept. 26th, at the Castro Theater.

Four newly-restored prints of films by Vittorio DeSica will be projected up on the Castro's enormous screen, allowing to view the works as they were intended to be exhibited.

The day starts with "Two Women" at 11:30 am, starring Sophia Loren in her Oscar winning performance. Next up is "The Gold of Naples" also with Loren, the great comedian Toto and screen siren Silvana Mangano playing at 2 pm.

At 5 pm, it's the classic international hit comedy "Marriage Italian Style" also starring Loren and the ever-suave Marcello Mastroianni. 

The day's films concludes with a 7:30 pm screening of "The Garden of the Finzi Continis", which won the best foreign language Oscar in 1971. No, Loren is not in it but Dominique Sanda and Helmut Berger are and they're wonderful.

My hope is to catch "The Gold of Naples" and "Marriage Italian Style", neither of which I've seen, and then see "The Garden of the Finzi Continis" for the third time. I've seen "Two Women" twice and if you've not see it, be sure to watch it tomorrow at this rare theatrical showing.

I can think of no better way to spend my Saturday than indulging in the multitude of pleasures in these DeSica films. More info on the films and ticket can be found here.

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