March 2nd Seven Beauties Film starts at 6:30pm
Rated R. Approx. 121 minutes, In Italian w/English subtitles.
Lina Wertmüller's harrowing 1976 film stars Giancarlo Giannini as a petty crook with seven unattractive sisters to support, and it features a picaresque, World War II-era journey through a prison asylum, army service, and a Nazi concentration camp. Wertmüller is more indulgent in highbrow sadomasochism than she is real profundity, but there's no denying that the film is powerful in its story of subjugation and survival. A climactic scene in which Giannini saves his skin at the camp by seducing its disgusting female commandant is unnervingly honest. Giannini became a '70s international icon partially on the basis of this work. --Tom Keogh
Sept. 1, Killing of a Chinese Bookie
Oct. 6, My Beautiful Laundrette
Jan. 5, In The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
Feb. 2nd The Conformist