Category Archives: Cult Film

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MONDAY OCTOBER 2ND, 2017 ***** PADRE PADRONE ***** directed by PAOLO AND VITTORIO TAVIANI TAVIANI BROTHERS *****

Few films, even the greatest ones, are life-changing. It’s just something critics say. But Roberto Rossellini’s Paisan, showing Italy in tatters in the second world war, really did alter the paths taken by two Italian brothers: 17-year-old Paolo Taviani and his 15-year-old brother Vittorio, who saw it in 1946. They made a pledge after leaving the cinema: if they were not shooting films within a decade, they would buy a gun and shoot themselves. Thirty years later, and fully established as directors, they made their masterpiece, Padre Padrone. It won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1977, as well as the international critics’ prize – the first picture to scoop both awards at the festival. The jury president that year was the man who had inspired them: Roberto Rossellini.

Padre Padrone, which was made for Italian television, is based on the autobiography by the linguist Gavino Ledda. It details his upbringing in Sardinia at the hands of his father, a brutal peasant farmer, and opens with the real Gavino whittling away at a branch with his knife. The camera pans right to a man approaching a door. It is Omero Antonutti, the actor who will play Gavino’s father. He is about to enter a classroom, from which he will drag his illiterate six-year-old son (Fabrizio Forte) before forcing him to work in the wind-beaten mountains. Gavino hands his screen parent the stick he has been fashioning: “My father was carrying this,” he says. It’s a masterful, Brechtian moment; the baton is passed from reality to cinema.

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MONDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2017*****”SCENT OF A WOMAN”*****directed by MARTIN BREST*****interpreted by AL PACINO, CHRIS O’DONELL, PHILLIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN

last week we saw the original italian film from 1974, directed by Dino Risi and interpreted by Vittorio Gassman…let’s see what Hollywood, Martin Brest and Pacino did in the 90’s with this…?? politically incorrect character ???…

SEPT 18 MONDAY “PROFUMO DI DONNA” {Scent of a Woman 1974 Italy} – directed by Dino Risi and starring Vittorio Gassman, Agostina Belli and Alessandro Momo

 

Profumo di donna …This is the original Italian film directed by Dino Risi and interpreted by Vittorio Gassman that begat the remake by Hollywood some 20 years later… Cinematiki is proud to  give all of us the opportunity to see it and compare it the following week with the one interpreted by Al Pacino … When young army cadet Ciccio (Alessandro Momo) is assigned to spend seven days in the service of a wounded army captain, he little suspects what’s in store. Blinded by an explosion, Fausto Consolo (Vittorio Gassman) is nevertheless a pompous, prideful and lecherous aristocrat who needs Ciccio to keep him out of trouble. As they travel across Italy by train, Fausto variously ruffles feathers and chases women until they reach Naples, where he plans to …

 

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MONDAY MARCH 28, 2016 ***** VIVA ZAPATA ***** directed by ELIA KAZAN ***** interpreted by MARLON BRANDO, JEAN PETERS, ANTHONY QUINN

MONDAY FEBRUARY 7TH, 2016: “Zorba The Greek”, directed by Michael Cacoyannis, starring Anthony Quinn and Alan Bates

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When an English writer finds he has a small inheritance on a Greek island, his joyless existence is disturbed when he meets Zorba, a middle aged Greek with a real lust for life. As he discovers the all the pleasures of Greece, the Englishman finds his view on life changing.

MONDAY FEBRUARY 15, 2016 : “BIG DEAL ON MADONNA STREET” (1958) directed by MARIO MONICELLI with VITTORIO GASSMAN, MARCELLO MASTROIANNI, CLAUDIA CARDINALE

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A break-through Italian film directed by Mario Monicelli featuring some of the hottest actors at the time : Marcello Mastroianni, Vittorio Gassman, Renato Salvatori, Claudia Cardinale and Toto…Celebrated as one of the great comedies of those times…

The film is also notable for its breezy jazz score by the composer Piero Umiliani, who helped develop the style of the jazz soundtracks now considered characteristic of European films in the 1960s and 1970s.

MONDAY 11th, JAN 2016: Mon Oncle d’Amérique (1980) by Alain Resnais with GERARD DEPARDIEU AND NICOLE GARCIA

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Alain Resnais’ “Mon oncle d’Amerique” (1980) is one the New Wave pioneer’s best films, a winner of the Grand Prize at Cannes. It is audacious. Beginning with big stars of the time (Gerald Depardieu, Nicole Garcia, Roger Pierre), he tells the life stories of these three in a way that promises to be traditional narrative.Alain Resnais’s “Mon Oncle d’Amerique” is presented in the form of a “case history,” replete with a pedantic narrator, played by real-life behavioral scientist Henri Laborit.

A GREAT FILM TO WATCH AND DISCUSS TOGETHER !!!

 

 

MONDAY JUNE 22, 2015 ***** ” A HARD DAY’S NIGHT ” ***** directed by RICHARD LESTER with JOHN, PAUL, GEORGE and RINGO…

>>>>>>>>>>>>>                             THIS WAS THEN…HOW IS IT NOW ? ?

MONDAY JUNE 15 2015 ***** “A STAR IS BORN” ***** directed by GEORGE CUCKOR with JUDY GARLAND, JAMES MASON, JACK CARSON, CHARLES BICKFORD

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MONDAY JUNE 8 2015 ***** ” AN AMERICAN IN PARIS ” ***** directed by VINCENT MINELLI with GENE KELLY, LESLIE CARON, OSCAR LEVANT, GEORGES GUETARY, NINA FOCH