Springtime with the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Italian Cinema of Yesterday and Today
If you plan on being in New York for the next edition of
Open Roads: New Italian Cinema, which will be held this year May 31 – June 6,
you may want to book the hotel for an extra week.
Beginning June 8, the Film Society of Lincoln Center along
with Istituto Luce Cinecittà will present a complete retrospective of Luchino
Visconti’s feature films, including many restorations.
Stay tuned for the complete lineup of films in both series!
Open Roads: New Italian Cinema
May 31 – June 6
Open Roads: New Italian Cinema is the only screening series
to offer North American audiences a diverse and extensive lineup of
contemporary Italian films. Co-presented by FSLC and Istituto Luce Cinecittà,
this year’s 18th edition again strikes a balance between emerging talents and
esteemed veterans, commercial and independent fare, outrageous comedies,
gripping dramas, and captivating documentaries, with in-person appearances by
many of the filmmakers.
June 8-21 Italian nobility, a member of the Italian Communist Party
during World War II, openly gay and staunchly Catholic, Luchino Visconti
inhabited a complicated, at times paradoxical, role in Italian cinema culture.
A leader in the neorealism movement who also worked with international stars
like Burt Lancaster, Helmut Berger, Alain Delon, and Dirk Bogarde, Visconti
produced an oeuvre of modest and humane dramas as well as decadent, sprawling
historical spectacles. Deftly aware of the subtle and rich means of cinematic
expression, he imposed the narrative customs of opera and the novel onto film,
yet remained sharply attuned to the social and political climates of the 20th
century. This June, the Film Society, in collaboration with Istituto Luce
Cinecittà, is pleased to present a complete retrospective of Visconti’s feature
films, including many restorations.