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Casa Italiana Hosts New Events for April

  • Published: March 30, 2010

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For more information on the following events call the Casa Italiana at (585) 389-2468 or email

Casa Italiana Hosts New Events for April

Nazareth College’s Casa Italiana is excited to present a full calendar of events for the month of April.  For more information on the following events call the Casa Italiana at (585) 389-2468 or email The Casa Italiana is located on the Nazareth College campus at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y., 14618. (Enter Nazareth’s South Campus Drive)

April Casa Events 2010:

Lecture and Film: La stella che non c’é, Wednesday, April 14 6:00 p.m. Casa Italiana LeChase Lounge
As part of the Opening Doors: The Films of Gianni Amelio series, Maria Rosaria Vitti-Alexander will present a lecture on Amelio’s La stella che non c’é followed by a showing of the film. La stella che non c’é is about Vincenzo, who travels from Italy to China in search of a machine with a deficiency that was produced in the now defunct establishment at which Vincenzo used to work. The film is shown in Italian with English subtitles.

Film: The Rape of Artemisia Gentileschi, Friday, April 16, 3:00 p.m. Arts Center, Room 14
Directed by Agnes Merlet, the film is based on the true story of Artemisia, a Renaissance painter who falls in love with her art teacher, and defends him when he is accused of rape. An introduction by Maria Rosaria Vitti-Alexander will take place before the film.

Lecture: Artemisia Gentileschi, Saturday, April 17, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. Arts Center Room 14
Considered one of the greatest female artists in history, Artemisia Gentileschi painted for the kings and queens of Europe. However, the art community was mostly male-dominated and when she accuses a fellow artist of rape, her reputation is destroyed. She continued to produce art, but fell into obscurity. Today, her artwork has gained scholarly attention in the form of books, documentaries, and feature films.

An introduction by Jacquie Germanow will take place at 2:00 p.m. followed by a lecture and panel discussion from Elena Ciletti. Germanow is an award-winning artist whose works parallel Artemisia’s in her quest to understand the mystery of the life force and magnetism of the human psyche. Ciletti is a professor of art history at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and an avid researcher and author of multiple publications on Judith, a Biblical figure who is credited as having saved Israel from the Assyrians. Her talk will explore multiple themes surrounding the story of Judith and Gentileschi’s artwork depicting them.

Film: I girasoli, Sunday, April 18, 4:00 p.m. Casa Italiana LeChase Lounge
Directed by Vittorio DeSica, this film is the story of an Italian woman who marries Marcello Mastroianni 12 days before the outbreak of WWII. With no desire to fight, Mastroianni tries to fake insanity to avoid the draft. However, his ploy is soon discovered and he is sent to the Russian front. During the fighting, Mastroianni is found half-dead by a Russian girl whom is marries leaving his actual wife waiting in vain for his return. Tired of waiting, his real wife goes to Russia where she discovers her Mastroianni with his new wife. Heartbroken, she returns to Italy where she remarries and has a son. In the meantime, Mastroianni longs for her and returns to Italy to discuss a reconciliation. The film is in Italian with English subtitles.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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