Someone like it classic

Notes of Cinema History - Sixth edition

Promoted by:

Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Cineteca Nazionale

Azienda Speciale Palaexpo

La Farfalla sul Mirino


Many thanks to:

Museo Nazionale del Cinema di Torino, Ripley’s Film, Cineteca Italiana (Milan), Lab80 (Bergamo)


SOME LIKE IT CLASSIC is back. The annual program in Palazzo delle Esposizioni - presenting a selection of the greatest film in Cinema history in 35mm - is now in its 6th edition and has become one of the most anticipated events for film lovers in Rome. Promoted by Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Cineteca Nazionale, Azienda Speciale Palaexpo and La Farfalla sul Mirino, it will open on Tuesday, October 25th 2016, h 9:00pm, with Nosferatu the Vampyre, a re-imagining of the myth of Dracula directed by Werner Herzog and starring an unforgettable Klaus Kinski. The 35mm original language copy (with Italian subtitles) provided by the Museo Nazionale del Cinema di Torino is the original cut of the film. Like all the shows of the program, the entrance is free while seats last. But this is just the first of the many events of this year's program, which will run until May 30th 2017. You'll see the restored version of Lola Montès, Max Ophuls' artistic and spiritual legacy, the precious director's cut of Renato Castellani's Nella città l’inferno, preserved by the Cineteca Nazionale, starring an amazing Anna Magnani. And there's more: a homage to Andrzej Wajda (with his landmark work Ashes and Diamonds), the Polish director who recently passed away, to David Bowie (the "protective deity" of Christiane F., cult film of an entire generation) and to David Cronenberg's The Fly, originally released exactly thirty years ago. There will be also classics from Hollywood like The Hustler, starring Paul Newman, the comedic masterpiece The Philadelphia Story, starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, noirs like Douglas Sirk's Sleep, My love, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Dragonwyck and Nunnally Johnson's The Three Faces of Eve, starring a sensational Joanne Woodward, who won an Acadamy Award for this role. You'll see also the silent classic City Lights, one of the heights in Charlie Chaplin's career. As for the European Cinema, you'll see The Round-Up, a prime example of Hungarian director Miklós Jancsó's work, and Gone to Earth, by the British duo Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. The last show will be Amadeus by Miloš Forman, an exhilarating and spectacular summary of American and European Cinema.



Palazzo delle Esposizioni - Sala Cinema

scalinata di via Milano 9 a, Roma


Free tickets will be given away starting an hour before the show

Booking available for Membership Card holders only

No admittance after the show begins

Dal: 25/10/2016
Al: 30/05/2017

25/10/2016 21:00
Nosferatu the Vampyre - Cinema
admission free

(Nosferatu: Phantom Der Nacht, West Germany/France 1979) directed by Werner Herzog, starring Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz, color, 107’, 35mm original cut, original language with Italian subtitles

Believed to be one of the best versions of the myth of Dracula, Herzog's Nosferatu looks back to Murnau's masterpiece and becomes a link between German Expressionism Cinema and New German Cinema, whose success sparked the renaissance of the German film industry. The amazing skills of Kinski and Adjani, the suggestive use of light, the soundtrack by Florian Fricke from Popol Vuh: these are the elements of an amazing film experience with a surprising philosophical deepness.


08/11/2016 21:00
The hustler - Cinema
admission free

(USA 1961) directed by Robert Rossen, starring Paul Newman, George C. Scott, Piper Laurie, Jackie Gleason, b/w, 134’, 35mm Italian dubbed version

Eddie is a young and aspiring pool player. But when he finally challenges Minnesota Fats, the great champion defeats him. Now Eddie has to train hard in seedy pool halls, among gamblers. He will finally have an epic payback. Surly, selfish and fragile, "Fast" Eddie is one of the best characters in Paul Newman's career, also thanks to the realistic direction by Robert Rossen and the superlative direction of photography by Eugen Schüfftan, who won an Academy Award for his work.


22/11/2016 21:00
The fly - Cinema
admission free

(USA 1986) directed by David Cronenberg, starring Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, color, 95’, 35mm Italian dubbed version

Scientist Seth Brundle creates two revolutionary teleportation pods. The only person informed about his invention is Veronica Quaife, a beautiful scientific journalist. One day Brundle himself experiments the teleportation, with unthinkable consequences. 30 years after its theatrical release, The Fly is a total cult film and one of the most accomplished works by director Cronenberg, a perfect mix of horror shocks and existential reflections on humanity, realistic characters and original visual power. A must-see.


06/12/2016 21:00
City Lights - Cinema
admission free

(USA 1931) directed by Charles Chaplin, starring Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherril, Harry Myers, b/w, 89’, 35mm Italian intertitles

The Little Tramp buys a rose from the blind Flower Girl and she mistakes him for a millionaire. He wants to help her at any cost, and will try to achieve the impossible in order to find the money for her eye surgery. Three years in the making, 100,000 meters of exposed film: City Lights is one of the most vivid examples of the genius of Chaplin and of the deep humanity of his vision. No eyes will stay dry after witnessing such a hymn to life.


10/01/2017 21:00
The Philadelphia story - Cinema
admission free

(USA 1940) directed by George Cukor, starring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart, b/w, 112’, 35mm original language with Italian subtitles

Some times after her former marriage's end, a young and spoiled heiress from Philadelphia is about to marry again - to a parvenu. But her first husband tries to take her back during the wedding rehearsal. Director Cukor masterfully orchestrates an almost perfect comedy, full of hilarious misunderstandings, romanticism, plot twists and three movie star at the top of their game: James Stewart won an Academy Award, but still the duets between Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant are unparalleled.


25/01/2017 21:00
Christiane F. - Cinema
admission free

(Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo, West Germany 1981) directed by Uli Edel, starring Natja Brunckhorst, Thomas Haustein, David Bowie, color, 130’, 35mm Italian dubbed version

Trying to flee a miserable and hostile environment, the 14-year old Christiane and her boyfriend Detlef discover heroin and climb all the steps of drug addiction. One of the most harsh and unsettling cult film ever, based on book written after a 45-hours long interview with the real Christiane Vera Felscherinow, who survived her tragic addiction, the film sports a famous cameo by David Bowie, while some of his most popular songs can be heard on the soundtrack.


07/02/2017 21:00
Sleep, my love - Cinema
admission free

(USA 1948)

directed by Douglas Sirk, starring Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, Robert Cummings

b/w, 97’, 35mm original language with Italian subtitles

Alison Courtland, a wealthy lady from New York, wakes up on a running train, has no idea how she got on board and, on top of that, discovers a pistol in her purse. Her husband says she run away after she tried to kill him, but that's not the truth. Before his venture into melodrama - the genre that made his name - Douglas Sirk directed this unusual noir film, a mix of refined psychological suspense and comedy, with an amazing cast of actors.


21/02/2017 21:00
Ashes and diamonds - Cinema
admission free

(Popiól i diament, Poland 1958) directed by Andrzej Wajda, starring Zbigniew Cybulski, Ewa Krzyzewska, Adam Pawlikowski, b/w, 103’, 35mm original language with Italian subtitles

May 1945. Maciek, a Nationalist who fought the Germans, is ordered to kill a young Communist leader who is coming back to Poland after years of secret political action. But a girl's love for Maciek amplifies the moral doubts that start to creep into the young activist. A seminal work in Polish Cinema, the film made a name internationally for his director and foreshadowed many of the cinematic New Waves to come. According to Martin Scorsese, "one of the best film ever made."


07/03/2017 21:00
Nella città dell'inferno - Cinema
admission free

(Italy 1958) directed by Renato Castellani, starring Anna Magnani, Giulietta Masina, Renato Salvatori, b/w, 104’, 35mm director’s cut

Wrongly accused of theft, the naive Lina ends up in a women's prison, dubbed "Le Mantellate". Here she meets Egle, a hardened criminal who lords it over the other inmates but seems to like Lina. Magnani is a powerhouse as Egle, in one of the most important and original film by Castellani. Originally cut by the producers against the author's will, here we present the director's cut - a precious 35mm copy provided by the Cineteca Nazionale.


21/03/2017 21:00
Lola Montés - Cinema
admission free

(France/Germany 1955) directed by Max Ophuls, starring Martine Carol, Peter Ustinov, Anton Walbrook, color, 115’, 35mm VO original language with Italian subtitles

The rise and fall of Lola Montès, famous dancer and adventurer of the 19th century, from her love stories with composer Franz Liszt and king Ludwig I of Bavaria, to the day she joins a circus. Max Ophuls' last film and spiritual legacy, Lola Montès is full of the director's audacious visions and storytelling skills. A fiasco at the time of its first release - even if people like Truffaut, Cocteau and Rossellini praised it –, in time it has become a cult film for generations of film buffs.


04/04/2017 21:00
Dragonwyck - Cinema
admission free

(USA 1946) directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, starring Gene Tierney, Vincent Price, Walter Huston, b/w, 103’, 35mm original language with Italian subtitles

Young Miranda marries a bully landowner and moves to his magnificent castle. But soon she finds out that her husband, a madman and opium addict, killed his first wife - and Miranda is in danger, too. Produced by Lubitsch, this jewel of gothic Cinema is the first film directed by Mankiewicz and Vincent Price's first screen appearance. Price's character foreshadows all the evil guys he'll play during his long career.


18/04/2017 21:00
The round-up - Cinema
admission free

(Szegénnylegények, Ungary 1966) directed by Miklós Jancsó, starring János Görbe, Zóltan Latinovits, b/w, 94’, 35mm Italian dubbed version

1960, Hungary. Sandor is a rebel with a big following among the farmers, ready to go to any length to prove their loyalty to him. But the Police devises a clever ploy and wipes out his gang. The film hinted at the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and revealed to the world director Jancsó's talent and style, stern and majestic at the same time, based on long takes, the absence of music and the baffling and evocative use of space – the marks of a true master.


02/05/2017 21:00
Gone to Earth - Cinema
admission free

(UK 1950) directed by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, starring Jennifer Jones, David Farrar, Cyril Cusack, color, 110’, 35mm original language with Italian subtitles

A girl lives an almost uncivilized life in the woods, with her father. She cares for a fox cub more than for mankind. After her marriage with a young Protestant pastor, she's seduced by an unruly nobleman, the girl unaware of the possible bad consequences. The conflict between flesh and spirit, the irrational spirit of Nature and the unavoidability of destiny make this flaming melodrama a perfect example of the work of Powell and Pressburger.


16/05/2017 21:00
The three faces of Eve - Cinema
admission free

(USA 1957) directed by Nunnally Johnson, starring Joanne Woodward, Lee J. Cobb, David Wayne, b/w, 91’, 35mm Italian dubbed version

A young housewife suffers from temporary memory loss. One day, in a state of unconsciousness, she tries to kill her daughter. Her husband sends her to a psychiatrist: the doctor finds out the woman is affected by multiple personality disorder. Based on a true story, this was one of the first film to fully employ the tools of psychanalysis. It made Joanne Woodward's name, whose amazing interpretation was awarded an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.


30/05/2017 21:00
Amadeus - Cinema
admission free

(USA 1984) directed by Miloš Forman, starring Tom Hulce, F. Murray Abraham, Elizabeth Berridge, color, 160’, 35mm Italian dubbed version

Winner of eight Academy Awards, this version of Peter Shaffer's play is one of the most effective period film ever, with its perfectly realistic reenactment of the era and its gloomy depiction of the stormy relationship between Mozart and Salieri. Director Forman is here at his best in telling the exciting and painful story of a genius, and the film powerfully mixes a refined visual and narrative attitude with a genuine penchant for popular entertainment.

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