Free Italian Film at the Embassy of Italy

This is one of the greatest movies of all time.  It is Vittorio de Sica's, "Ieri, Oggi, Domani" (Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow).  The two-hour film in Italian with English subtitles stars Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni.

The foreign language film consists of three short stories about couples in different parts of Italy.  The Oscar-winning film won many prizes, including the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 37th Academy Awards, as well as the Golden Globe award in 1964.  It is now studied by cinematography students throughout the world.

For security reasons, only those who reserved through the Italian Embassy and who received written confirmation via e-mail from the Embassy, and who are on the Embassy's Admission List, will be admitted.  Security is very tight here.  Be advised that the Italian Embassy has total control over this event, and it is on a 1st come, 1st seated, basis until it is SOLD-OUT.

Each person, including each separate guest, has to individually sign up with the Embassy using the below link.  If each attendee does not do this, then that attendee will not be on the list.  Bring a photo ID when you come.


Doors open at 6:00 PM and close at 6:30 PM

REMEMBER:  If you get there late (at 6:30 PM or after) you will not be admitted

BRING A PICTURE ID (Your driver's license will suffice)

DRESS:  BUSINESS CASUAL

PARKING:  STREET PARKING

Here is where you sign up:

http://www.iicwashington.esteri.it/IIC_Washington/webform/SchedaEvento.aspx?id=544

Click "Make a reservation " and fill it out.  You will then get an email response from the Embassy.


The Brazilian Embassy is across the street and the Danish embassy is at the end of the street, and one can usually find  street parking therein along the street (if one gets there with plenty of time to spare).  There will be secret service vehicles on the street, so your car will be safe.  If there is no parking there, then you will have to find street parking nearby.  There is no Metro station close by, as the nearest station is one mile away).  If you park on the other side of Massachusetts Avenue (where the Embassy of Kazakhstan is), try not to make any Borat jokes).

If you do choose to take the Metro, the Woodley Park-Zoo Metro Station is one mile away, and we can arrange to get you back there after the event by one of the members driving.  Here are the directions from the Metro Station to the Embassy:

http://mapq.st/1gunCbc

If you are going to drive and thus will be looking for a parking space, GIVE YOURSELF PLENTY OF TIME TO FIND A SPOT.


Be advised that you will technically be on Italian soil during this event, as embassies are legally a part of the foreign nation they represent.

After the movie, and after we are done speaking with our hosts (who love to talk), we can grab a bite to eat in the area either by carpooling there or by mutual agreement on where to meet.

A good place that we can go to after the film (one mile away, by the Dupont Circle Metro Station) is Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe, a landmark in itself, as it is the first Bookstore/Cafe in the country.  It is open late (until 1 AM), and it is the place to go for the literati:

http://www.kramers.com/about.html

And, yes, you will need a profile photo of yourself that is a head shot for this Meetup event.


Here is the weather prediction for our event location:

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=38.924681502286205&lon=-77.06396341323853#.Uu7iA7SJQs8


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  • Giuliana

    Fun evening with plenty of laughs, especially the last story. Thanks Bob!

    February 6, 2014

  • Don

    Very entertaining.

    February 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We had an amazing time at the embassy.
    The shrimp quesadilla and pecan pie at Kramerbooks were delicious.
    Thanks Bob once again for hosting this event.

    February 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      And my road kill chicken was the best one available at any Dupont Circle eatery! Please tell them I ain't making this up......

      February 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great movie!

    February 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks, Chas and Don for providing the Embassy shuttle service......

    February 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    A new, fun way to enjoy the city! I especially liked seeing & hearing all the gestures and expressions (of exasperation) that my grandmother used to use! I enjoyed the evening very much! Thanks, Bob!

    1 · February 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you for giving Esther a ride to the metro Chas! :-) It was a fun evening.

      1 · February 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      You are welcome!

      February 5, 2014

  • Pat R

    Very enjoyable and a comfortable venue

    February 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a different venue from the activities that we are used to having, and I am glad that it worked out well. Our members, coming from all directions, got there by car, by subway, by bus, and one brave soul even arrived by bicycle. The warm and humorous film consisted of three vignettes, essentially three short tales comprising romantic comedies of couples living in Naples, Milan, and Rome. We even witnessed where the term paparazzi originated, in a funny scene where Marcello Mastroianni is waiting for Sophia Loren to get out of jail and he is surrounded by reporters and photographers. After the two-hour film, we made sure that everyone who took the subway got a ride back to the nearest station. And, to top off the evening, some of us headed to Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe for a late-night meal, where people watching was the unspoken activity therein.

    1 · February 5, 2014

  • jim

    I was unable to find a parking spot and was not able to make it on time. Disappointed

    February 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - Please bring an umbrella and dress appropriately for any precipitation. And be advised that this film is sold out, which means that many people should be coming, so that street parking my be limited. Get there early to find a parking spot. I can shuttle people after the film, but not before the film.

    February 4, 2014

    • Giuliana

      I will take up on your offer to shuttle to the nearest metro after film. Thanks.

      February 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - I will be inside the Embassy at 6 PM. Go through the perimeter security, showing your picture ID to the guard. And Chas' suggestion to print your confirmation is a good one, just to save time in case there is a glitch in the list. Remember that the doors close at 6:30 PM. I am at[masked]

    February 4, 2014

  • jim

    There will no time to meet beforehand due to traffic and parking. Perhaps afterward at a place close by.

    February 4, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Jim - Take a look at the activity narrative. The plan, God Willing, is to go to Kramerbooks after the film......

      February 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just curious, anyone driving there from Crystal City. Otherwise, I will metro. Debbie

    February 3, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi, Debbie! I will drive from Christal City. Let's meet 5:30 in the lobby of 1801 Christal Dr. Is it convenient for you?

      February 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I realize that this is a weekday night, and many are going to go right home after the film ends at 8:30 PM. If anyone wants to go to Kramerbooks, we can arrange the logistics right after the film. And if anyone needs a ride to the Metro Station, we can figure that out as well right after the film.

    January 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am interested in going out afterwards. Debbie

      February 3, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      The more I look at where I will be parked and what is (and is not) right there, I don't think I can do anything before the film, as I would have to drive away and I do not want to do that prior to the film, but I can do something after the film.

      February 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be driving in from Chantilly, VA. I will likely leave Chantilly at 2:30 or 3:00; am willing to carpool.

    February 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I added the weather prediction for our location at the bottom of the event narrative. I can give folks a ride to the Metro Station from the Embassy after the film, but not to the Embassy from the Metro Station prior to the film.

    February 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - The doors open at 6 PM. You have to be at the Embassy BEFORE 6:30 PM to get in. Bring a government picture ID (yes, the state is part of the government, so a driver's license will suffice). Whether you take Metro and walk a mile, or drive there and try to find parking in the area, you still have to be at the Embassy BEFORE 6:30 PM.

    January 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bob, do we need to bring a printed copy of the email we received from the embassy? Or, just proof of identity?

    January 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      A picture ID such as a driver's license is required . Albeit security will have the list of names, bringing the email may be smart. Thanks for noting this.

      January 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    The film is sold out, so you must have an email from the Embassy telling you you are on its list; that list will be with the security staff at the gate. More information will be forthcoming on our logistics, but remember that you must be there before 6:30 PM regardless of your method of transportation.

    January 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like it's sold out on the embassy's website. Enjoy!

    January 30, 2014

  • Michele F.

    Sounds like a lot of fun but I don't get off work until 5:00 and there is no way I could make it to DC in time for the show, not from Ft. Belvoir.

    January 29, 2014

    • jim

      sure you can michele just come down the GW parkway thru old town cross memorial bridge. I am coming from Mt. Vernon you can make it.

      January 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will head to the city earlier and kill some time there; anyone wanting to join me, drop me an email. Also, I am coming from Chantilly, VA.

    January 29, 2014

  • Giuliana

    Anyone driving from the Alexandria/Arlington area to DC?. Looking to carpool.

    January 27, 2014

  • Giuliana

    Un bello drama infatti!

    January 24, 2014

  • Giuliana

    Time to sharpen my broken Italian without reading the English translation...

    January 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Questo film mi ha fatto piangere e ridere.

      January 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    The Embassy has announced that the movie is sold out. Only if you received an email from the embassy attesting to your being on its list are you going.

    January 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please make sure that you RSVP with the Embassy using the provided link as well as on this Meetup event page.

    January 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - I realize that this is a novel type of event for many, but please allow me to say that I have gone to events to other Embassies, even though I would understand what was said only through translation, yet I nonetheless understood it and had a marvelous time. I have gone to ballets at the Russian Embassy, poetry readings at the Japanese Embassy, and films at many others, and, except for the Latin Embassies, I did not know their native tongues. This is a unique Washington, D.C. activity, and we are very fortunate to be in close proximity to all the world's embassies so that we can take advantage of international cultures.

    January 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bob, is this in English and/or has English subtitles?

    January 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Good question, Chas. The film is in Italian with English subtitles.

      January 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Here is an example of the film with subtitles: http://www.youtube.co...­

      January 21, 2014

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