SATURDAY AUGUST 26 SPECIAL EVENT

The SF Sketchfest Summer Social
Saturday, August 26, 2017

The Benson Movie Interruption
“Fifty Shades Darker” 4:20pm

with Doug Benson and Friends

Comedian Doug Benson (“Super High Me,” “Last Comic Standing,” and the Doug Loves Movies podcast) and mystery comedy guests return to the front row of the Castro Theatre for another afternoon of cracking wise at the screen. After taking on the first film based on the “50 Shades of Grey” series of “novels,” Doug and company will rip one-liners off faster than the on-screen clothing of the sequel “Fifty Shades Darker.

Saturday, August 26, The Castro Theatre, $20
Tickets: http://bit.ly/2tP1gu3

The West Wing Weekly 8pm
with Joshua Malina and Hrishikesh Hirway + Special Guest Aaron Sorkin

The West Wing Weekly is an episode-by-episode discussion of one of television's most beloved shows, co-hosted by one of its stars, Joshua Malina, along with Hrishikesh Hirway of Song Exploder. After quickly selling out their first live episode during SF Sketchfest, they return to the Bay Area for a new episode taping with very special guest Aaron Sorkin.

Saturday, August 26, The Castro Theatre, $25
Tickets: http://bit.ly/2sajWqY

 
     
   


SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 23 SPECIAL EVENT

HOMAGE TO LINA WERTMÜLLER

Cinema Italia San Francisco presents a day-long cinematic celebration of Lina Wertmüller, the groundbreaking, pioneering woman director and visionary whose fearless, polemical and provocative films have left indelible marks and influence on the international entertainment field. Lina Wertmüller was the first woman ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director in 1977. Four narrative films in 2K Restoration DCP and one documentary film. All DCPs are provided by Kino Lorber. All four narrative feature films star Giancarlo Giannini.

Tickets: $12 per matinée film (before 6:30 PM); $14 per evening film; $20 per White Glasses Party ticket. A pass to see all five films and attend the party is $70.

BUY TICKETS & PASSES

LOVE AND ANARCHY (FILM D'AMORE E D'ANARCHIA...) 11:00 AM

An epic tragicomedy, Love and Anarchy plumbs the depths of fascist Italy from the perspective of a simple farm boy sent to kill Mussolini. Giancarlo Giannini won the best acting prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his achingly sensitive portrayal of Tunin, a freckle-faced innocent who became an accidental anarchist. His contact in Rome is Salomè (Mariangela Melato), a prostitute with her own sob story. While they prepare for the assassination, Tunin falls in love with Tripolina (Lina Polito), which threatens the entire operation. A film of operatic emotion and subversive comedy, Love and Anarchy is a powerful statement on the terror of fascism and the ignoble fates of those who challenged it. (1973, 129 min, DCP)

BEHIND THE WHITE GLASSES 1:30 PM
Director Valerio Ruiz in Person

Behind the White Glasses offers a deep dive into the groundbreaking life and career of Lina Wertmuller, the first woman ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for her masterpiece Seven Beauties. The documentary spans decades, from the unpublished pictures taken in Cinecitta, when she was Federico Fellini’s assistant director on 8 1⁄2, to the places where her most famous films were set, revealing the artistic and human universe of a woman who, with her unfailing irony and taste for the grotesque, has left her mark in all the fields of entertainment in which she worked: cinema, drama, television, music. The journey is accompanied by many exclusive interviews with the artists who witnessed her intense and constantly evolving career. Among them: Giancarlo Giannini, Marina Cicogna, Sophia Loren, Harvey Keitel, Nastassja Kinski, and film critic John Simon. The film features a long series of unreleased videos, images and songs written by Lina Wertmüller. Behind the White Glasses is a personal poetic portrait by Valerio Ruiz, her longtime assistant director and very close collaborator. It held its World Premiere at the Venice International Film Festival in 2016. (2017, 104 min, DCP)

SWEPT AWAY (TRAVOLTI DA UN INSOLITO DESTINO NELL'AZZURRO MARE D'AGOSTO) 4:00 PM

Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Mediterranean, Swept Away is Lina Wertmuller's most famous and controversial film about sex, love and politics. On an elegant yacht cruising off the coast of Sardinia, Raffaella (Mariangela Melato), a rich and stunning capitalist, enjoys tormenting Gennarino (Giancarlo Giannini), a Communist sailor. Fate weaves a different scenario and roles become reversed when the two find themselves stranded together on a deserted island. Raffaella must submit to Gennarino in order to survive, which culminates in a dramatic climax when they are rescued. They must determine if their love can survive the harsh realities of civilization. (1974, 115 min, DCP)

SEVEN BEAUTIES (PASQUALINO SETTEBELLEZZE) 6:30 PM

Nominated for four Academy Awards® including Best Director, Seven Beauties stars Giancarlo Giannini (Swept Away) as Pasqualino Frafuso, known in Naples as "Pasqualino Seven Beauties." Under fascism, there are no limits to sacrificing one’s honor—and in Wertmüller’s outrageous picaresque, comedy and tragedy are indistinguishable. When city hustler Giancarlo Giannini accidentally murders the lover of one of his seven sisters, a series of mishaps land him in a concentration camp, where he must seduce the homely Nazi commandant to stay alive. Controversial in its day, the film led Wertmüller to become the first woman nominated for a Best Director Academy Award. (1975, 116 min, DCP)

WHITE GLASSES PARTY 8:30 PM

Celebrate the cinema of Lina Wertmüller at the White Glasses Party on the mezzanine level of the Castro Theatre. Next to an excellent menu, the party includes Italian wine and drinks, special guests and other surprises! Don’t miss this event that has become a relevant part of the film series for the affectionate audience and Italy lovers.

THE SEDUCTION OF MIMI (MIMÌ METALLURGICO FERITO NELL'ONORE) 10:00 PM

The Seduction of Mimi is a raucous sex comedy that brought international fame to director Lina Wertmuller. Giancarlo Giannini gives a wonderfully comic performance as the sad sack Mimi, a Sicilian laborer whose refusal to vote for the Mafia's candidate leads him to lose his job, his wife and his home. At rock bottom, he revives his spirits by falling in love with the beautiful, radical Fiorella (Mariangela Melato), with whom he starts a new life as a reliable husband and father. But the past comes back to haunt him, piling on comical complexities as all his energies surge into defending his honor, an obsession that has horrendous but hilarious consequences. A blistering satire of Italy in the 1970s, The Seduction of Mimi takes aim at a corrupt government, compromised labor leaders and the Neanderthal sexual politics of men in power, with uproarious results. (1972, 112 min, DCP)

All films will be presented with English subtitles.
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