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Preview: San Diego Italian Film Festival

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Above: Visconti's "Ossessione" screens as part of the Neorealist showcase in the San Diego Italian Film Festival that kicked off its 5th season last night.

We are in the height of film festival season. The Asians and Germans are behind us and now we have the Italians with all their magnificent films, food, and conversations.

The San Diego Italian Film Festival is now 5 years old and growing strong. The festival begins with a mouth-watering showcase of neorealist films, two of which they claim have never screened in the US before. All films shown on 35mm prints from the Italian government.

I will have more on the festival later but I just wanted to make sure you know it's underway and is worth checking out. Most films screen at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. Check their website for more details.

Check out their easy to read film schedule on FaceBook.

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Missionaccomplished | October 31, 2011 at 12:31 p.m. ― 5 years, 3 months ago

Is there such an animal as an Italian film after the 1970s? LOL

But seriously, I would go see the Visconti film but you can catch that on UCSD TV uninterrpeuted in the comfort of your own home!

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | October 31, 2011 at 1:24 p.m. ― 5 years, 3 months ago

It's not the same. I firmly believe that films are meant to be seen -- ideally -- on a big screen and with a crowd of people and then you all talk about it. Much more fun. Plus how often do you get to see films projected in 35mm any more especially older ones. And this screening would be uninterrupted as well. Plus I don't see it on the schedule anywhere. But I highly recommend PANDORA'S BOX this Saturday.

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Missionaccomplished | November 1, 2011 at 7:49 a.m. ― 5 years, 3 months ago

Oh, don't misunderstand! I totally agree! I'm a purist. I will never do Netflix and I miss the OLD KEN. But then again OSSESIONE isn't exactly 2001 either! If it was Antonioni or Pasolini or the rarely screened Zurlini--I'd be over there!

PANDORA's BOX, yes! I've seen it at the Ken and on UCSD TV. It's one of those films that makes owning your own Criterion Collection worth it1 It's a fascinating film--considered a cult film! One of the best German films of all time and I think it is surpassed by the even more outrageous DIARY OF A LOST GIRL which used to be in my top 10 or 20 list of all time. Maybe still is. Brook's eyes blew me away when I first saw it!

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | November 1, 2011 at 4:56 p.m. ― 5 years, 3 months ago

Louise Brooks deserves more praise and attention -- she was riveting. And I agree about DIARY OF A LOST GIRL. But I think Visconti merits the big screen as much as Antonioni or Pasolini or Zurlini.

Thanks for the comments, as always. :)

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