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July Films: Rosi's Christ Stopped at Eboli, Sam Green's Utopia in Four Movements (July 25, 31)

From: John
Sent on: Thursday, July 22, 2010 6:27 AM
Dear Radical Visionaries,

I've added two exciting events to July's calendar. Sorry about the delay! Additional films will be added to our July/August calendar in the coming days. Francesco Rosi's moving film adapts a famous Italian novel by Carlo Levi. Sam Green's fascinating documentaries and multimedia performances give voice to our culture's utopian strain. Please check the links below for more information and to RSVP.

What: Francesco Rosi's moving Christ Stopped at Eboli (Cristo si e fermato a Eboli)
When: Sunday July 25
Details: In the mountain village of Gagliano, in the impoverished Lucania region of south-central Italy, a proverb reflects the unchanging nature of the inhabitants' isolation: even Christ stopped at Eboli, the town at the bottom of the bare and craggy hill. In 1935 Carlo Levi, the leftist writer, physician, and painter, was banished by the Fascist government to three years' exile in Gagliano. His experiences were recorded in his masterful postwar novel Christ Stopped at Eboli. In Rosi's stunning film, Gian Maria Volonte portrays Levi but he shares the role of protagonist with the camera as he walks the steep and stony streets of the village and, very slowly, comes to understand the combination of superstition and resignation by which the peasantry has survived over generations. In their misery and in the rapacious way in which the petit bourgeoisie exploit it to save their souls, Levi locates the roots of an indigenous fascism playing on atavistic prejudices and fears. Where Levi remained an outsider struggling with his romanticism about the impoverished South, Rosi?s understanding as a filmmaker is profoundly one of solidarity."
"A committed leftist and an equally committed modernist, Francesco Rosi offers a body of films whose political and emotional impact is almost purely visual."
Where: Link for more details and to send or change an RSVP

What: Sam Green's Utopia in Four Movements
When: Saturday, July 31
Details: "An epic multimedia performance piece by documentary filmmaker and Academy Award nominee Sam Green (The Weather Underground) and aural mix-master Dave Cerf. Originally conceived as a work-in-progress for a still uncompleted film, Utopia has evolved instead into a one-of-a-kind stage show that threads together a century's worth of dizzying sounds and images into a deeply moving meditation on our world's seemingly shrinking idealism. Green, microphone in hand, prowls the stage, commenting on a collage of clips and still images that capture the hopes and dashed dreams of the last hundred years, moving deftly from an examination of the Esperanto movement (created by Jewish ophthalmologist Ludovic Zamenhof) to the world's largest (and largely empty) shopping mal--in communist China. A singular, poetic essay that stretches the very norms of the nonfiction genre, Utopia is by turns comic and wistful, and always thought-provoking. Since its acclaimed Sundance premiere earlier this year, Green and Cerf have been continually reinventing the Utopia spectacle for audiences all over North America, meaning that no two shows are exactly alike.... Utopia is an elegy for the ideals of the past with a hopeful eye on the future.?
Where: Link for more details and to send or change an RSVP

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