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Classic Italian Cinema Comes to Pleasantville

The Jacob Burns Film Center’s annual series “Classic Italian Cinema”, which runs from June 10-30, opened Saturday at 7 p.m. with screening of ‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’ starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni in this three-part romantic comedy from great neo-realist director Vittorio De Sica. The film won many awards including the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1963. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, also plays June 13 and the 16th.

The month-long series continues with the playing of ‘Le Amiche’, the first hit from Michelangelo Antonioni in 1955, a funny, sad, revealing interweaving of storylines about a group of girlfriends.

For horror movie fans, the series will show the 1979 film from Lucio Fulci, ‘Zombie’, June 13, 14, 15 and 16. This classic walking dead picture defines Italian horror cinema.  “After a scientist’s boat arrives in New York Harbor without the scientist, our heroes fly to a faraway island to find out what happened. With over- the-top action—the infamous shark vs. zombie vs. naked scuba diver underwater battle does not disappoint—this original take on the genre is a must for horror lover,” noted the Jacob Burns Film Center website.

These films from the greats of Italian cinema are just the beginning of a month long series at the Jacob Burns Film Center celebrating “Classic Italian Cinema”.

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