As part of the Living in Rome course, this movie series intends to describe the history and the way of life in the Eternal City throughout the centuries, choosing some of the most famous and representative films that have dealt with aspects of social, religious, and economic life from different points of views and eras.
In particular, women will be the characters of these films, giving us the privilege to look at Rome from different points of view.
The program starts with Agora (Greek word for square) that narrates the story of Hypatia, a female mathematician, philosopher and astronomer in the late 4th-century who investigates the flaws of the geocentric Ptolemaic system and the heliocentric model that challenges it.
The Dark Ages will be represented by Pope Joan, an English movie based on the medieval legend of a woman, who was made Pope for a brief period around CE 855.
A masterpiece of the Italian Neorealismo, Rome, Open City recounts the life in Rome during the Nazi occupation in 1944.
Gregory Peck, as a reporter, and Audrey Hepburn, as a royal princess, are the unforgettable protagonists of Roman Holiday, a must see. It was shot at the Cinecittà studios and on location around Rome during the "Hollywood on the Tiber" era.
Rome by Federico Fellini recounts his youth in Rome, in the fifties - an extremely crude, corrupt, cruel city, without shame or morals. People do not applaud; instead whistles, burps, farts and angry tirades are hurled against the poor actors who eventually turn against the public because of the audience’s vulgar and unprecedented rudeness.
The last two movies in the program won Academy Awards in 1955 and 2013, respectively. Three coins in the Fountains is about three American women working in Rome who dream of finding romance in the Eternal City. La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty), the portrait of current Rome, is “a shimmering coup de cinema to make your heart burst, your mind swim and your soul roar” (Robbie Collin, The Telegraph).
The screening of the films will take place at 7.00 pm in Palazzo Taverna, Aula Magna (main Hall) as scheduled below:
Tuesday, September 16
Agora by Alejandro Amenabar (Spain, 2009)
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella
Seven Goya Prize 2010 in Spain; Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival
Tuesday, September 30
La Papessa Giovanna (Pope Joan) by Michael Anderson (UK, 1972)
Starring: Liv Ullmann, Jeremy Kemp, Oliva de Havilland, Trevor Howard
Tuesday, October 7
Roma Città Aperta (Rome, Open City) by Roberto Rossellini (Italy, 1945)
Starring: Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi
Palme d’Or, Cannes 1946; National Board of Review Award, 1946; New York Film Critics Circle Award, 1946; Academy Awards Nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, 1947
Tuesday, October 14
Roman Holiday by William Wyler (USA, 1953)
Starring: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn
Academy Awards for: Actress in a Leading Role, Original Screenplay and Costume Designers, 1954. In 1999 the movie was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress
Tuesday, November 4
Roma by Federico Fellini (Italy, 1972)
Starring: Anna Magnani, John Francis Lane, Marcello Mastroianni, Alberto Sordi, Gore Vidal
Tuesday, November 18
Three coins in the Fountain by Jean Negulesco (USA, 1954)
Starring: Clifton Webb, Dorothy McGuire, Jean Peters, Louis Jordan, Rossano Brazzi, Maggie McNamara
Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Music, 1955
Tuesday, December 2
The Great Beautyby Paolo Sorrentino (Italy, 2013)
Starring: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli
Academy Awards for Best Language Film, 2013; Golden Globe and BAFTA for Best Language Film, 2013