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Free Sunday Screenings of this and other Italian Films in Northern NJ!

For those of you who live in the northern New Jersey or New York City area, there is a series of free Italian movie screenings being jointly sponsored by Federazione Molfettesi d’America and Società Unita, in cooperation with Union City Mayor Brian Stack and the Union City Board of Education. The screenings are being held at the Jose Marti School at 1800 Summit Avenue in Union City, NJ every Sunday at 5pm from October 16th to November 6th. (Use the url for maps and directions.)

On two of these nights there will be two different movies shown back to back. Admission and parking will be free. There will not be any refreshments, so bring your own. The films will be in the original Italian language. “La Vita è Bella” (“Life is Beautiful”) and “Il Postino” (“The Postman”) will definitely be subtitled, but I’m not positive about the other four; I’m assuming they will be.

The schedule is as follows:

Sunday October 16th
“Miseria e Nobiltà” (“Poverty and Nobility”)
1954; Comedy; Running time: 95min.
Starring Toto and Sophia Loren

--and after a brief intermission--

“Ladri di Biciclette” (“The Bicycle Thieves”)
1948; Drama; Running time: 93 min.
Starring Lamberto Maggiorani and Enzo Staiola
Winner of the 1950 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film, nominated for the 1950 Academy Award for Best Screenplay, and winner of an Honorary Academy Award for Most Outstanding Foreign Language Film released in the U.S. in 1949.

Sunday, October 23rd
“La Vita è Bella” (“Life is Beautiful”)
1997; Romantic Drama; Running time: 116 minutes.
Starring Academy Award-winner Roberto Benigni and Nicoletta Braschi
Winner of the 1999 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Actor and Best Dramatic Score.

Sunday, October 30th
“Il Postino” (“The Postman”)
1994; Romantic Comedy-Drama; Running time: 108 minutes.
Starring Massimo Troisi (who wrote and co-directed) and Maria Grazia Cuccinotta
Nominated for five 1996 Academy Awards, and Winner of the Award for Best Original Musical Score.

Sunday, November 6th
“Pane Amore e Fantasia” (“Bread, Love and Fantasy”)
1953; Romantic Comedy; Running time: 90 minutes.
Starring Gina Lollobrigida and Vittorio de Sica
Nominated for the 1955 Academy Award for Best Story.

--and after a brief intermission--

“Pane e Cioccolata” (“Bread and Chocolate”)
1973; Comedy-Drama; Running time: 100 minutes.
Starring Nino Manfredi and Paolo Turco

The above schedule can also be seen in Italian at