The American Italian Cultural Center offers a bi-monthly film series exploring a variety of Italian cultural and historical topics. The movies are free for AICC members and students with a valid university or high school ID, and a suggested donation of $5 for non-members. Movies are shown in their original Italian with English subtitles unless otherwise specified.
Ustica, the Diamond Years – Ustica , Gli Anni Del Diamante
Thursday, April 19, 2018, 6:30 pm
Join the AICC and the Congregazione di San Bartolomeo Apostolo for the 2017 documentary, Ustica, the Diamond Years. From 1971-2005, Ustica, the small island in the Mediterranean sea, just north of Palermo, captured the world’s attention for its success in both baseball and softball. The Ustica Baseball Club and the Ustica Softball Club both had tremendous success playing locally, nationally, and internationally – in fact, the team even played in New Orleans! Join us for this fascinating documentary on the rise and fall of Ustica, the Diamond Years.
The movie will be introduced by Tony Pittari, a member of the AICC and the Congregazione di San Bartolomeo Apostolo.
Federico Fellini’s La Strada
Thursday, February 1, 2018, 6:30 pm
There has never been a face quite like that of Giulietta Masina. Her husband, the legendary Federico Fellini, directs her as Gelsomina in La Strada, the film that launched them both to international stardom. Gelsomina is sold by her mother into the employ of Zampanò (Anthony Quinn), a brutal strongman. When Zampanò encounters an old rival in highwire artist the Fool (Richard Basehart), his fury is provoked to its breaking point. With La Strada, Fellini left behind the familiar signposts of Italian neorealism for a poetic fable of love and cruelty, evoking brilliant performances and winning the hearts of audiences and critics worldwide. La Strada, won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1956.
Tulane Italian professor, Michael Syrimis will introduce the film.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Thursday, November 30, 2017, 6:30 pm
Celebrate the start of the holiday season with the American Italian Cultural Center!
We will be screening a Frank Capra’s classic, “It’s A Wonderful Life.” In the film, an angel helps a compassionate but frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. Staring James Stewart and Donna Reed, this heartwarming film is the perfect way to start the season.
Thursday, September 12, 2017, 7:00 pm
Join the AICC for its screening of Stromboli! This Roberto Rossellini movie stars the talented, Ingrid Bergman and Mario Vitale. The film follows the life of Karen, a young Lithuanian woman who escapes an internment camp by marrying Antonio, an Italian POW fisherman. Antonio promises her a wonderful life on Stromboli, his island home between Sicily and Italy. When Karen arrives she finds the land desolate and the people very traditional and conservative. Her life is made even more difficult because she barely speaks Italian. See what she decides to do!
“Everybody’s Lady” aka “La signora di tutti”
Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7:00 pm
Join the American Italian Cultural Center for its screening of Everybody’s Lady. Master filmmaker Max Ophüls fled to Italy in 1934 with the rise of Nazism. In the film, Gabriella Murge is a famous film star and fascinating adventuress with whom men cannot help falling in love. After bringing several men to their ruin, she slits her wrists in an attempted suicide. The film consists of Murge’s flashbacks brought on by anesthetic.