Coinciding with the many events commemorating the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, the Metropolitan Museum is displaying one of his most extraordinary works, Saint Jerome in the Wilderness. The painting is on loan from the Vatican Museums. This unfinished work, which was started around 1483, brings to mind other paintings by Leonardo because of its background landscape and tones of ochre and green. But what draws one in is mostly the face and posture of the saint which strongly evoke his devotion and at the same time his torment. It seems almost trite to say it but Leonardo’s psychological understanding and artistic genius are on full view in this painting. See it.
The Open Roads Italian cinema event for 2013 will run June 6 through June 12 at Lincoln Center. This year’s movies cover a wide range of styles and subject matter, from romantic comedy to fantasy to drama to satire. Among the dramas are Marco Bellocchio’s take on the malaise of contemporary Italy, Bella addormentata, starring the brilliant Toni Servillo, and Marco Tullio Giordana’s reconstruction of the Piazza Fontana bombing and the subsequent investigations into it. Paolo Virzi’s endearing and quirky comedy Tutti i santi giorni opens the festival on Thursday.
See La nostra vita (directed by Daniele Luchetti in 2010) on Monday November 28th at 5:00. The film will be followed by un aperitivo e chiacchiere in italiano.
The movie is about Claudio (Elio Germano), a construction worker who lives and works in the Roman periferia. A sudden tragic event sends him into a search for easy money and an illegal deal. It’s a story of personal growth as Claudio finds that his strongest support is from his family and friends. The film is well-acted and it’s definitely worth seeing Luca Zingaretti (well known for his role as the cranky Commissario Montalbano), in a spectacular wig, as a benevolent drug dealer.
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See I Vicerè (directed by Roberto Faenza in 2007) on Wednesday August 24th at 5:00. The film will be followed by un aperitivo e chiacchiere in italiano.
This movie is based on Federico De Roberto’s 1894 novel of the same title. It tells the story, through the noble Uzeda family of Catania, of Sicily during the unification of Italy. It is full of conflict and intrigue and political references that have many contemporary echoes.
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