On the heels of our recent salutes to Mario Monicelli and Dino De Laurentiis, we are delighted to again partner with Associazione Napolicinema and 41° Parallelo for an evening in celebration of another legendary figure of Italian cinema: Ettore Scola. A master of the commedia all'italiana, Scola began his career as a prolific screenwriter in the early 1950s, working for such directors as Antonio Pietrangeli, Dino Risi and Luigi Zampa, before making his directorial debut in 1964 with Let’s Talk About Women (Se permettete parliamo di donne). In the nearly 50 years since, he has enchanted audiences worldwide with a series of lyrical, romantic comedy-dramas, including the Oscar nominees A Special Day (1977), Le Bal (1983) and The Family (1987), and the hugely popular We All Loved Each Other So Much (1974). Here, we salute Scola with two of his greatest films, depicting multiple generations within two very different Roman families.
Down and Dirty: Scola won Best Director at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival for this outrageous “satirical tragedy” starring the great Nino Manfredi as the patriarch of a sprawling extended family living in a one-room shack alongside a busy highway. NOT ON DVD.
The Family: Scola depicts 80 years in the lives of a bourgeois Roman family (headed by Vittorio Gassman) without ever leaving the walls of their spacious apartment in this 1988 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. NOT ON DVD.