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We celebrate one of the greatest Italian actors, Marcello Mastroianni, in a retrospective dedicated to some of his brilliant roles.


27 Oct 2016 | 6:30pm welcome drinks
7:30pm film screening

THURSDAY 27 October | Casanova '70, 1965, (dir. Mario Monicelli), 1h  53min - with English subtitles 
Nominated for an Academy Award for Original Screenplay. 

To celebrate one of the greatest Italian actors at 20 years from his death, the Italian Cultural Institute is pleased to present a retrospective dedicated to some the brilliant roles interpreted by Marcello Mastroianni in the decade which saw the flourishing of the so called commedia all'italiana (comedy Italian Style).

This brilliant period of Italian film history is widely considered to have started with Mario Monicelli's I soliti Ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street) in 1958, whose success considerably helped the career of Mastroianni. The term "Italian comedy" derives from a period in which the Italian film industry was procuing mainly brilliant comedies, set mostly in the middle-class environment, and characterised by a satire of manners and a hint of sadness that mitigates the comic contents. 

Born in 1924 in Fontana Liri, in the province of Frosinone, Marcello Mastroianni was the most famous Italian actor on the international movie scene, as his is still remembered as the perfect Latin Lover, also thanks to the sucess achieved by the movie La Dolce Vita

The season at Casula Powerhouse along with the Italian Cultural Insitute in Sydney, will present over seven months, monthly screenings of Marcello Mastroianni's seven best comedies, produced between 1958 - 1965, directed by some of the greatest Italian directors. All films will have English sub-titles.

Thursday 27 October : Casanova '70, 1965 (dir. Mario Monicelli)

1h 53min duration

Casanova 70 is a 1965 Italian comedy film produced by Carlo Ponti, directed by Mario Monicelli and starring Marcello Mastroianni, Virna Lisi, Enrico Maria Salerno and Michele Mercier. 

The amorous adventures of Andrea Rossi-Colombotti, an army officer who finds pleasure with beautiful women in life-threatening situations. 

The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Original Screenplay. It won two awards at San Sebastian Film Festival: Best Director (Monicelli) and Best Actor (Mastroianni).

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