Take a break from the busy work week and enjoy movie night with the family. The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere has launched their Tuesday Night Outdoor Italian Film
Take a break from the busy work week and enjoy movie night with the family. The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere has launched their Tuesday Night Outdoor Italian Film Festival – Cinema Sotto Le Stelle. The movies are in Italian with English subtitles, and will be shown in the back of the foundation’s mansion.
The Secret of Santa Vittoria: The story is set during World War II in the summer of 1943, immediately after the fall of Italy’s Fascist government under Benito Mussolini, when the German army moved to occupy most of the country. The only substantial source of income for the little hill town of Santa Vittoria is its wine. The townsfolk learn that the German occupation forces will be arriving soon, with plans to confiscate most of Santa Vittoria’s wine and truck it to Germany. The people organize under the inspiration of their new mayor, Italo Bombolini (Anthony Quinn), who until days before had been thought of as a buffoon by everyone in town including his wife (Anna Magnani), and had only been appointed mayor by the town’s pro-Mussolini politicians as a ruse to deflect the people’s anger. With everyone working together, the villagers are able to hide a million bottles of wine by sealing them up in the galleries of an ancient Roman cave before the arrival of a German army detachment under the command of Sepp von Prum (Hardy Kruger).
Admission is free, but registration online is required. Donations are welcome. Snack and beverage concessions will be available. Films will only be shown weather permitting. Call ahead if in doubt: 718-273-7660.