From 14.06. To 28.06.2011.
Exceptional and Unique: Nino Rota
Nino Rota - biography
Eduardo De Filippo
We follow seven days in the life of Marcello, a columnist for a gossip newspaper who wants to become a serious writer but hasn’t got the strength to do it. Instead he lives a decadent life in Rome and has superficial relationships with the members of the elite. Meanwhile, he neglects his lover Emma and eventually she tries to commit suicide.
Mario, a shy young man who has just moved to Venice, meets Natalia on a bridge. Even though it is not certain that her lover will return, she spends her days hoping to see him again, which hinders the relationship between Mario and her. This is a film version of Dostoyevski’s short story by the same name.
After WW II and the withdrawal of American soldiers from northern Italy, many black soldiers chose desertion and to stay in Italy rather than return to the racial intolerance of America. The hero of this film, Jerry, decides to stay in Italy and soon falls in love with the local blonde beauty Angela.
We follow the stories of people living on a street in Naples between 1940 and 1950. Gennaro and his family try to earn a living while the governments in town change – fascists, Nazis and finally the ally forces. The black market is booming, and Gennaro’s friend Pasquale is ready to do anything to earn some money: he plays a dead man, goes to prison instead of someone else…
Giulietta Masina plays Cabiria, a naive prostitute with a kind heart. She lives in the poor part of Rome with her boyfriend and dreams of a better future. Soon, her boyfriend robs her and leaves her to drown. She gets saved at the last minute and continues to work and meet new clients. Soon a new chance for love arises, but this time Cabiria is skeptical.
Nanda whom everyone calls 'Fortunella', is a girl from a poor family. She is so in love with Peppino that she even confesses to a crime that he committed. After she gets out of prison, she finds out that he has started living with another woman…
The film features three musical motifs, of which Nino Rota borrowed two for La Dolce Vita (1960) and The Godfather (1972).