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Dante Alighieri Society of Santa Cruz

2019 WINTER/SPRING ITALIAN FILM & LECTURE SERIES
"Mistaken Identity"

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. YOU MUST PAY TO PARK!
All films in Italian with English subtitles
Logan Walker film lecturer, SJSU, will introduce and field questions about all films.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: SEATING IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE. DOORS WILL OPEN AT 6:30; SEATING IS LIMITED!
PARKING! Cabrillo is now enforcing parking. Be sure to pay and display your ticket. Parking on the street is FREE!


January 13, 2019
Multi Media Lecture: Betrothals and Births: Women, Sexuality, and Marriage in Italian Renaissance Art
by art historian Dr. Allen Langdale, PhD, UCSC and UCSB
Studying images of women of the renaissance - and considering images and objects pertaining to the lives of those women - opens up a fascinating social world indicating what it meant to be a woman in 15th and 16th century Italy. The lives of most women, certainly of noble women, were marked by the momentous events of marriage and giving birth. The renaissance woman was engaged in a complex exchange of economic and sometimes political power. This lecture explores some of the objects that acted as commentary on the lives of the women of the renaissance.


February 10, 2019
La citta' ideale (The Ideal City)
Director: Luigi Lo Cascio, 2012
This is the directorial debut by actor Lo Cascio, who also stars in the film. It is the story of an over-zealous environmentalist who, due to his honesty and good intentions, is unprepared to deal with the realities of modern life. It addresses, in a quirky way, the issues of daily life in Italy: underemployment, regional and class discrimination, and the Mafia. Lo Cascio's mother plays his character's mother; his uncle performs as a Mafia lawyer. It won the Best Italian Film Award, 2012 Venice Film Festival. 105 minutes

March 10, 2019
Multi Media Lecture: Frescoes of Good and Bad Government in the Palazzo Pubblico in Siena
by art historian Dr. Allen Langdale, PhD, UCSC and UCSB
In an era of political fractiousness, it's interesting to consider the political ideals of times past. One of the most articulate and complex documents on late medieval political aspirations in Italy are the frescoes in the Palazzo Pubblico in Siena, painted in the early 14th century by Ambrogio Lorenzetti. Known as the 'Frescoes of Good and Bad Government', the frescoes use allegory to map out the ideals of governance. But these allegories are complemented by pendant frescoes that show the results of good and bad government in compellingly realistic and start terms. This lecture tells the story of these magnificent and timely works.

April 14, 2019
Viva la liberta' (Long Live Liberty)
Director: Roberto Ando', 2013

This comedy/drama tells the story of the disappearance of an experienced politician as his career is in decline. His aides replace him with his erratic twin brother, who has had mental issues. Tony Servillo masterfully plays both parts with the able support of Valerio Mastandrea and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. It won the Nastro d'Argento for Best Screenplay and the David di Donatello for Best Script. 94 minutes

You are invited to join us on the evening of April 14 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.