|Sent on:||Monday, October 19, 2009 4:09 PM|
Greetings to my Italian-speaking Movie Friends!
I would like to extend an invitation to members of the Italian Meet Up Group Meetup Groupto join the Independent Movie Group for some exciting and historic Italian films at the Cinematheque Fellini Film Festival in November and December. A complete festival schedule follows. The bold listings indicate the dates we are considering scheduling.
Members Only! I have made arrangements with Nighttown for a Members Only discount for our first before-film dinner for our group. We���ll also have special complimentary treats at other restaurants we schedule.
Best way to accept this invitation is to head over to the Independent Movie Meet Up Site and join. Then you can have a seamless RSVP for the movie and/or the before or after-party discussion and dinner. We regularly schedule foreign, art and independent films at a number of venues throughout the city. Nearly every film is preceded or followed by dinner and discussion at some of the city���s finest, yet economical eateries.
We hope that you���ll be able to join us for the fist event Fellini���s Casanova on Sunday! Make sure to RSVP before the deadline and tell us whether you would like a seat at the dinner table.
See you at the Movies!
I have just posted Fellini���s Casanova the first film in Cinematheque���s Fellini Film Festival. A total of nine Fellini films are scheduled in November and December. Details follow.
The complete Cinematheque���s Fellini Film Festival schedule is posted at the end of this message. Those films listed in bold are being considered for scheduling as an Independent Movie Group Event. Restaurant recommendations are welcome.
The before-film dinner at Nighttown is optional for those who would like a little advance discussion. While Nighttown is not Italian, the theme of a turn-of-the-century bordello is certainly fitting. Aside from that consideration, Nighttown is clearly a member favorite. The 15-percent discount doesn���t hurt either. I am inviting the Italian Language MeetUp group to join us so hopefully we���ll have some new members with unique perspectives on the film. This film is in English!
See you at the movies! Bill
Fellini���s Casanova (1976)
(Il Casanova di Federico Fellini)
Director: Federico Fellini
Italy/France, 165 minutes ��� 2 hours, 45 minutes
Language: English, Color
Genre: Drama, Romance
High Historical Importance
Casanova - Fellini���s fantasy about the love life of fabled 18th-century libertine Casanova (Donald Sutherland) is one of the maestro���s most opulent films, with Oscar-winning costumes and a memorable Nino Rota score. 35mm print from the Universal Pictures studio archive! Adults only! This is the first of nine Fellini films that the Cinematheque will screen in November and December.
���The initial sequence says it all. It is carnival time in Venice. Fireworks are raining down on the citizens, the young and the old, the beautiful and the misshapen. Suddenly, with the help of an elaborate system of weights and pulleys, the giant head of Venus begins to emerge from the Grand Canal. The crowd cheers as the master of the revels extols the goddess of love. The head rises creakily to eye level and a cable breaks. Slowly she sinks back into the dark waters. A mother screams to a child, "Cross yourself!"
Using as his text Giacomo Casanova's "The Story of My Life," Federico Fellini has created another revel of a movie���spectacular, but singularly joyless���that has the effect of celebrating the absolute end of romance and eroticism. There's nothing left but sex, and sex is a terminal disease. Love is a placebo.��� ��� The New York Times
4 p.m. Eats & Discussion ��� the Before-Party @ Nighttown
Since the film is so long, we���ll meet for dinner before at Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Road, 216.795.0550. We���ll be in the ornate lounge area that is styled after a turn-of-the-century bordello. Nighttown is so popular that the last time we were here people skipped the movie and just came for dinner. They are welcoming us back with a gracious 15 Percent Discount for everyone at our table.
Nighttown is on Cedar Hill just west of Fairmount. Metered parking is available in the rear with an entrance off Cedar just west of the club. We will have a reserved table so you must indicate "dinner on your RSVP to have a seat! Please let us know your dinner plans on your RSVP so that we can reserve a seat for you at the "Movie Group" table. We have requested separate checks but due to the size of our group, you can expect a standard gratuity to be added. If circumstances force you to cancel, please try to notify the organizer as early as possible. It���s best to pay your check in cash to streamline the process. If you don't see us when you walk in, ask to be seated with Bill Johnson or the Indie Movie Group.
6:30 p.m. Casanova ��� Cinematheque
Meet in the Lobby 10 minutes ahead of time or look for the group inside the theater. We���ll try to save seats in the first two rows of the upper section, center. The flick is nearly 3 hours, so expect to be out around 9:30 p.m. Seats at this venue are somewhat hard. Considering the length of the film, you may want to bring a stadium cushion.
Here is the complete Cinematheque���s Fellini Film Festival schedule. Those films posted in bold are being considered for a formal Independent Movie Group Meet Up event. You will note that the final film listed is Nine at the Cedar ���Lee. This is a Fellini-inspired film written in part by the master. It is essentially an expanded and contemporary version of 8��, a fitting conclusion to the Festival.
Sunday 11/1 6:30 PM FELLINI���S CASANOVA ��� Nighttown
Monday 11/2 7:00 PM FELLINI���S CASANOVA
Thursday 11/5 8:20 PM I VITELLONI
Saturday 11/7 5:30 PM I VITELLONI - Ristorante Etna
Sunday 11/8 3:30 PM LA STRADA��� intro by Lou Giannetti
Friday 11/13 9:10 PM THE NIGHTS OF CABIRIA
Saturday 11/14 5:15 PM THE NIGHTS OF CABIRIA ���
Sunday 11/15 3 PM LA DOLCE VITA ���
Saturday 11/21 7 PM 8�� -
Sunday 11/22 8:15 PM 8��
Sunday 11/29 3:30 P M JULIET OF THE SPIRITS
Monday 11/30 8:30 PM JULIET OF THE SPIRITS
Saturday 12/5 9:20 PM FELLINI SATYRICON
Sunday 12/6 3:45 PM FELLINI SATYRICON
Saturday 12/12 9:25 PM FELLINI���S ROMA
Sunday 12/13 6:30 PM FELLINI���S ROMA -
Tentative depending on confirmed scheduling:
Sunday 12/27 7 p.m. NINE @ Cedar-Lee -