Sunday, November 28, 2010

Great Italian screenwriter gets her day & due via the Film Society of Lincoln Center

Lovers of post-war Italian cinema -- neo-realism and what evolved from this -- might want to check out the current program of the Film Society of Lincoln CenterScrivere Il Cinema: The Films of Suso Cecchi d'Amico, which plays from November 26th through December 1st at The Walter Reade Theater.

Born Giovanna Cecchi, Suso (shown below) was responsible for many of the finest film of her day -- a day which lasted from 1914 through 2010 (she left us only a few months ago).  Working with and for de Sica (on Bicycle Thieves, Miracle in Milan and more) to Visconti (Senso, Rocco and His Brothers and The Leopard, among others), Antonioni, (Le Amíche) and Monicelli (Big Deal on Madonna Street), her range and interests were wide and her talent deep and true.

The FSLC program gives us the chance to see again some of her best work, perhaps this time viewing the films with a stronger emphasis on her collaborative screen-writing skills. On the program are some movies we rarely have to opportunity to see:  Monicelli's The Passionate Thief starring Anna Magnani, Visconti's Sandra with Claudia Cardinale, and Alessandro Blasetti's Too Bad She's Bad (from 1954 and with Loren and Mastroianni -- before most of us even knew who they were).

Click here for the entire program and then -- go to town!

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