Some Like it Classic - Cinema

Notes of Cinema History

Promoted by: Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia - Cineteca Nazionale, Palazzo delle Esposizioni La Farfalla sul Mirino


Some Like It Classic, one of the most beloved film programmes in Rome, is now in its third year of unearthing masterpieces of Cinema history, shown in their original 35mm format on the big screen, as originally intended. Audiences will be able to enjoy the work of such great directors as Truffaut, Bergman - with a screening of the seldom seen After the Rehearsal -, Fassbinder, Tarkovsky - with his striking first movie, Ivan's Childhood -, Coppola, Wenders, Oshima, Rohmer and Joseph Mankiewicz - with the legendary All About Eve, the first screening of the programme. There will also be works by Italian directors: Dov'è la libertà...? by Rossellini, and a restored print of the epic Once Upon  A Time In The West, by Sergio Leone. The programme will also take a meaningful trip to classic Hollywood Cinema, with Top Hat, the most celebrated musical starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and the pivotal Sunrise, the first American production by Murnau. Some Like It Classic again offers audiences a unique chance to enjoy the pleasures of great Cinema.



Palazzo delle Esposizioni - Sala Cinema

Admission via steps in via Milano 9a, Rome  


Reservations may be made by membership card holders only

Dal: 29/10/2013
Al: 03/06/2014

29/10/2013 21:00
All About Eve - Cinema
admission free

USA 1950, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, b/w, 138', 35mm Italian dubbed version
Famous Broadway star Margo Channing hires young admirer Eve as personal assistant. Eva is a very candid girl, or at least that's what it seems: actually, Eve is ready for anything in order to oust Margo and become a star. A work of rare perfection, All About Eve won 6 Academy Awards and is often imitated but seldom matched in its ability to expose show business glamour and cruelty. The whole cast is unforgettable, and Bette Davis is at the top of her game.


12/11/2013 21:00
The Green Ray - Cinema
admission free

France 1986, directed by Éric Rohmer, starring Marie Rivière, Vincent Gauthier, Rosette, color, 94', 35mm Italian dubbed version
Delphine is an introvert girl without a clue about what to do on her summer holidays. She goes out roaming through France, but it turns out a real disappointment: she suffers from an inability to make friends and she's unlucky too. She's ready to give up and accept her loneliness when an unexpected encounter gives her new hope. Le Rayon Vert is a perfect example of Rohmer's miraculous style that, as few others, is able to register the most secret stirrings of the human soul and to reveal the hidden magic in everyday life. The film won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.


26/11/2013 21:00
Forty Guns - Cinema
admission free

USA 1957, directed by Samuel Fuller, starring Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan, Dean Jagger, b/w, 79', 35mm Italian dubbed version
Jessica Drummond is a rich mistress that rules a county in Arizona by unleashing 40 hired guns. When federal agent Griff Bonnell and his brothers show up, Jessica strives to keep her power while falling in love with Griff. Forty Guns looks and feels like a western b-movie, but it is also a visionary work, full of great cinematic moments. On release, Jean-Luc Godard worshipped it, and in the subsequent years it has achieved cult status.


10/12/2013 21:00
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence - Cinema
admission free

Japan/UK 1983, directed by Nagisa Oshima, starring David Bowie, Ryûichi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano, color, 123', 35mm Italian dubbed version
1942. Inside a Japanese concentration camp, English soldiers are subjected to strict detention under the heels of young Captain Yonoi. Colonell Lawrence can speak Japanese and acts as a mediator, while Yonoi takes a fancy to Major Celliers, an Australian prisoner. Built upon the culture clash of two distant civilizations, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, one of the most famous films by Oshima, is full of amazing visuals and narrative ideas, enriched by an unforgettable original score by Sakamoto.


14/01/2014 21:00
The 400 Blows - Cinema
admission free

France 1959, directed by François Truffaut, starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier, b/w, 93', 35mm Italian dubbed version
Antoine Doinel is a 12-year-old restless dreamer, neglected by his family and mistreated by his teacher. When he's caught red-handed stealing a typewriter, his mother puts him into a reform school. But Antoine escapes. Quasi-autobiographical first movie by Truffaut, Les Quatre Cents Coups is the symbol of the French New Wave. It is also an ode to childhood freedom; a film still fresh and moving in its seductive simplicity.


28/01/2014 21:00
Rumble Fish - Cinema
admission free

USA 1983, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starring Mickey Rourke, Matt Dillon, Dennis Hopper, Nicolas Cage, b/w & color, 94', 35mm Italian dubbed version
Oklahoma, 1960s. Rusty James lives with his drunkard father and is the leader of a street gang. Rusty worships his missing older brother, Motorcycle Boy, who suddenly comes back to the neighbourhood. But Motorcycle Boy will have to face a troubled destiny. Rumble Fish is a timeless story rendered in amazing black and white photography, and living between fable and myth: a classic coming of age tale elevated to a great height.


11/02/2014 21:00
Dov'è la libertà...? - Cinema
admission free

Italy 1954, directed by Roberto Rossellini, starring Totò, Nyta Dover, Vera Molnar, Franca Faldini, b/w, 93', 35mm Italian version
After serving 20 years in jail for a crime of passion, Salvatore, a simple barber, is thrown back into a world now unknown to him, full of selfishness and injustice. Embittered, he chooses to turn his back on society and returns to prison. Despite having been a very troubled production, Dov'è la libertà...? is a pivotal document of post-war society, carefully depicting both Italy's hypocrisy and orthodoxy. Salvatore is one of the strongest characters ever played by Totò.


25/02/2014 21:00
Paris, Texas - Cinema
admission free

West Germany/France/UK 1984, directed by Wim Wenders, starring Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell color, 147', 35mm Italian dubbed version
Travis left his family a long ago and went roaming through the USA. Now he's back home only to find out that Jane, his wife, is missing. Hunter, Travis and Jane's 8-year-old son, are being raised by Travis' sister and her husband. Travis sets out to find Jane, and takes Hunter with him. Wenders combines the classic American road-movie with the European relationship drama. The result is a striking and sensitive work that won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.


11/03/2014 21:00
Ivan's Childhood - Cinema
admission free

Soviet Union 1962, directed by Andrej Tarkovskij, starring Nikolaj Burljaev, Valentin Zubkov, Nikolaj Grinko, b/w, 95', 35mm original language with Italian subtitles
During the Second World War, 12-year-old Ivan cooperates with the Red Army as a courier and an explorer. Lieutenant Galtsey wants to keep him away from the front, but Ivan stays and faces dangerous missions. The first feature film by Tarkovsky, Ivan's Childhood is an early masterpiece, and was universally celebrated (it won the Leone d'Oro at the Venice Film Festival); but at home the Russians accused  the director of being a formalist because of the great visual poetry in the film.


25/03/2014 21:00
In a Year with 13 Moons - Cinema
admission free

West Germany 1978, directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, starring Volker Spengler, Ingrid Caven, color, 124', 35mm Italian dubbed version
The last days of transsexual Elvira in Frankfurt, as he recalls significant memories of his past to explain why he wants to take his own life. Shocked by the suicide of Armin Meier, Fassbinder's significant other, the director shot the film in just 25 days, also acting as director of photography and editor. It came out as one of his more extreme and pessimistic works, yet one of his most moving and unforgettable and offers an essential insight into Fassbinder's talent.


08/04/2014 21:00
Sunrise - Cinema
admission free

USA 1927, directed by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, starring George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, b/w, silent, 97', 35mm Italian intertitles
Enmeshed by a city girl, a young farmer leaves his family and ends up trying to drown his wife. But ultimately he comes to his senses and asks her to forgive him: they are back together and happy in the big city. But their coming back home is going to be more tragic than they ever expected. One of Murnau's - and silent Cinema's - greatest works, a milestone in photography and direction that, according to Truffaut, is "the best film in the world".


22/04/2014 21:00
Once Upon a Time in the West - Cinema
admission free

Italy/USA 1968, directed by Sergio Leone, starring Charles Bronson, Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, color, 178', 35mm Italian version
Morton, a rich railroad owner, hires a ruthless assassin to kill McBain so he can get his watery lands. But Jill, McBain's widow, won't give up and is backed-up by a mysterious half-breed nicknamed "Harmonica". The zenith of the Spaghetti Western genre and of Leone's Cinema, Once Upon A Time In The West still remains a breath-taking tale of epic proportions and vision, and includes one of Morricone's most memorable scores. Restored print of the Director's Cut.


06/05/2014 21:00
The Body Snatcher - Cinema
admission free

USA 1945, directed by Robert Wise, starring Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Henry Daniell, Russell Wade, b/w, 77', 35mm Italian dubbed version
Edinburgh, 1831. MacFarlane teaches anatomy and needs corpses for his class. Gray, a local cabbie, prowls cemeteries to get the bodies. Things go wrong when, to comply with MacFarlane's requests, Gray starts to kill. The Body Snatcher is one of the great RKO classics, full of thrilling suspense and unusually well-written. Produced by legendary film-maker Val Lewton, it stars an equally legendary couple: Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi.


20/05/2014 21:00
Top Hat - Cinema
admission free

USA 1935, directed by Mark Sandrich, starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton, b/w, 99', 35mm Italian dubbed version
Jerry Travers, a well-known American dancer, goes to London to work on a show. There he meets the beautiful Dale Tremont and tries to win her over. But Dale is wrongly convinced that Jerry is married to a friend of hers, so she refuses his attentions, and many twists and turns follow. The best and most beloved film starring Astaire and Rogers, served by a perfectly timed script and unforgettable tunes by Irving Berlin - including the timeless Cheek to Cheek.


03/06/2014 21:00
After the Rehearsal - Cinema
admission free

Sweden 1983, directed by Ingmar Bergman, starring Ingrid Thulin, Erland Josephson, Lena Olin, color, 70', 35mm Italian dubbed version
During the rehearsals of A Dream Play, by August Strindberg, a stage director reminisces while talking to a young actress, Anna, whose mother has been the director's lover. Between fiction and reality, past and present, cinema and theatre, After the Rehearsal, alongside Fanny and Alexander, is Bergman's greatest artistic achievement. It is an internal journey where lifelong themes and obsessions are unravelled and told with a masterful and rarely equalled touch.

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