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Dante Alighieri Society of Santa Cruz

2018 WINTER/SPRING ITALIAN FILM & LECTURE SERIES
"Like Oil and Water"

Held under the auspices of Istituto Italiano di Cultura, San Francisco
SUNDAYS at 7:00p.m.
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Cabrillo College, Aptos campus, in VAPA building 1000, Art History Forum room 1001
On ocean side of Soquel Drive; street parking is free, closest lot is L near Music and Theater buildings
All films in Italian with English subtitles
Logan Walker film lecturer, SJSU, will introduce and field questions about all films.

January 21, 2018
Viola di mare (Purple Sea)
Director: Donatella Maiorca, 2009

This beautiful period-piece set in a small Italian village in the 19th century explores gender roles of that time and place. It is based on the book Minchia di re by Giacomo Pilati. The film premiered at the 2009 Rome Film Festival and was nominated for several awards, including Best Actress for Valerino Solarino (Angela/Angelo) and Best Original Song (Sogno). 105 minutes.

Feb. 11, 2018
The Hippodrome of Maxentius on the Via Appia: Chariot Racing and Culture in the Late Roman Empire
Multi Media Lecture by Dr. Allen Langdale

The vestiges of amphitheaters used for gladiatorial games of ancient Rome can be found in many places, including Rome's Colosseum. Yet gladiatorial contests were not the most popular form of entertainment. More popular were chariot races, which continued after the Empire was Christianized and gladiatorial combats ceased. Using the well-preserved hippodrome of Maxentius as a starting point, this lecture embarks upon a journey through the Roman Empire to explore how hippodromes and chariot racing played crucial roles in Roman art, culture, and society.

Feb. 25, 2018
Giotto's Frescoes of the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua and the Development of Western Identity
Multi Media Lecture by Dr. Allen Langdale

Giotto's frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua are among the most important works of art in the world. They occupy a crucial place by embodying the rejection of the "Greek" or "Byzantine Style" of painting for a more naturalistic and humanistic depiction of human beings, their interaction and psychology. Poised at the moment of the formation of a distinctly Western identity, the frescoes, and the chapel that they decorate, indicate a decisive moment in the development of the West's moral universe.

March 18, 2018
La aria/salata (Salty Air)
Director: Alessandro Angelini, 2006

Fabio (Giorgio Pasotti) working as a prison educator, encounters his convicted murderer father, Luigi Sparta (Giorgio Colangeli). They had not seen each other since Fabio's father abandoned him, his six-year-old son. For their dramatic performances, both men earned prestigious acting awards. 87 minutes.

April 15, 2018
La pazza gioia (Like Crazy)
Director: Paolo Virzi, 2016

In a center for mentally disturbed women, Donatella and Beatrice, two very different women, become friends. Given an opportunity to escape, they begin an adventure that discloses their pasts and strengthens their bond. Actresses Micaela Ramazzotti and Valerie Bruni Tedeschi both won multiple awards for their performances in this touching and hilarious comedy. 118 minutes.
You are invited to join us on the evening of April 15 at 6 PM at the picnic tables outside the Forum Room for a social gathering. We request you bring a snack and a non-alcoholic beverage to share.