"There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.”
-Federico Fellini-
For years the Italian cinema has enchanted, seduced and made history with its stories, characters and pictures created by the artistic wit of its directors.
The movies selected embody the Italian cinema legacy and we invite you to discover yourself the reasons of such a success.

Sunday - January 31, 2016 - 3:30pm and 6:30pm

Oscar Winner Cinema Paradiso is a sentimental comedy drama based on the life of its screenwriter & director, Giuseppe Tornatore. The movie will take you through all human emotions with the enchanting Ennio Morricone music on the background.
Cinema Paradiso
Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)
Italy 1988 – Drama – 155 mins. – Rated: PG 13
Giuseppe Tornatore
Giuseppe Tornatore
Philippe Noiret, Salvatore Cascio, Marco Leonardi, Leo Gullotta
Italian with English subtitles
1989 Special Prize of the Jury at Cannes Film Festival
1990 Oscar Winner for Best Foreign Movie
1990 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Movie
1991 Five BAFTA Awards
And other International prizes
Salvatore De Vita is a little boy living in a small village of Sicily after the II world war. His childhood is marked by the friendship with Alfredo, the projectionist, the passion for Cinema Paradiso and his first love.
Salvatore leaves his village young to become filmmaker and never comes back till the death of his lifetime friend 30 years later. This is the occasion to relive his past as in a flashback. A sentimental movie, set in a beautiful and genuine post-war Sicily.
Blame Freud is one of the most successful Italian comedies of the last years. It represents a dynamic and ironic snapshot of contemporary life and personal conflicts.
Tutta Colpa di Freud
Blame Freud (Tutta colpa di Freud)
Italy 2014 – Comedy – 120mins. – Rated: (**)
Director:          Paolo Genovese
Writers:           Paolo Genovese, Leonardo Pieraccioni, Paola Mammimi
Stars:              Alessandro Gassman, Vittoria Puccini, Claudia Gerini
Language:      Italian with English subtitles
Awards: Box office hit in 2014 – Ciak D’Oro for Best Original Song
(**) Please be advised: there are adult language conversations in the movie, no violence or nudity.
A beautiful story about human relationships: a psychoanalyst father struggling with his three daughters, their problems, their loves, their mistakes...on their path to becoming independent and strong women.
Love is at the center of their lives: that of the father for his daughters, that of the daughters for the men and women they encounter, that of the people around them.
All set with a bright and beautiful Rome in the backdrop.

Cinema Paradiso
3:30 pm
155 minutes

$ 12.00 (*)

$ 10.00

JCC Members

Blame Freud
6:30 pm
120 minutes

$ 12.00 (*)

$ 10.00

JCC Members

On January 31, tickets available at the door.

Enrich your movie experience …

Sicilian appetizer: enjoy a delicious Sicilian appetizer prepared by Rocco, owner of the popular Italian restaurant Tootsie. From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
(*) Buy two movie tickets and enjoy a FREE appetizer.
Inga Person
Inga Pierson, Italian cinema expert: take advantage of the unique opportunity to meet Inga at the foyer of the theater during the Sicilian appetizer, she will be happy to answer your questions about the movies and Italian cinema ! 
Inga Pierson has a Ph.D. in Italian and Film Studies from New York University. She taught world literature and cinema at NYU, Colgate, and Stanford before changing course to work with the high school students at Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton.
In her research, she aims to make connections between the ancient and the modern, bringing Aristotle to bear on Italian neorealist cinema, for example, or tracing the legacy of 12th century theories of love in recent french movies. Among her many projects, she curates an online reference guide for film studies http://collegefilmandmediastudies.com

Read about the Movie Directors

Giuseppe Tornatore was born on May 27 1956 in Sicily, Italy. Born and raised in Bagheria, Tornatore began his career as a freelance photographer. He then moved into directing plays and television programs working for Italy’s national television network, RAI, in 1979. His first debut as film director was “The Professor” (Il Camorrista) in 1985 that earned him a Silver Ribbon as Best New Director from the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists.

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In 1998 his second movie, Cinema Paradiso, earned many different awards around the world making Tornatore an internationally acclaimed movie director: an Oscar and a Golden Globe as Best Foreign Movie, five BAFTA awards (including Best Screenplay for Tornatore), a Cannes Grand Jury Prize and many other international film festival prizes.
Tornatore has directed several succesfull movies: in 1990 “Everybody is fine” (Stanno tutti bene) starring Marcello Mastroianni won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at Cannes;  in 1994 “A pure formality” (Una pura formalità) starring Gerard Depardieu and Roman Polanski; in 1995 “The star maker” (L’uomo delle stelle) and in 1998 “The legend of 1900” (La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano) both earned him the Best Director Awards at the David of Donatello. In 2000 he also won a Golden Swann at the Cabourg Romantic Film Festival for Malèna, starring Monica Bellucci.
Paolo Genovese is one of the most successful Italian film directors. He was born on August 20th, 1966 in Rome, Italy. He graduated in business administration and at first he started working on TV commercials and productions. In 1999 he directed two short movies together with Luca Miniero (“Piccole cose di valore non quantificabile” e “Scoperta di Walter”) that won several national and international awards.

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In 2002 he directed the first movie for the cinema “Incantesimo napoletano” that also earned him different awards and nominations. That marked the start of his successful cinematography carrier.
Now he is a well-known director and writer of box office hits such as “The Immature” (2012), “A Perfect Family” (2012) and “Blame Freud” (2014).

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Location and Dates

Oshman Family JCC
Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life
3921 Fabian Way,
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Thursday - January 21, 2016

Sunday - January 31, 2016


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Going either North or South on Highway 101:
Take the San Antonio Road South
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