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Il Cinema Ritrovato

Seventh Edition

October 18 - 21, 2023

For the seventh time, Il Cinema Ritrovato on Tour will return to LMU to present seven  renowned heritage films from Italy, France, Mexico, Yugoslavia and the United States, all digitally restored. The titles have been carefully chosen by Guy Borlée, Il Cinema Ritrovato’s festival coordinator, and Carla Marcantonio, Associate Dean of SFTV and Associate Professor of Film, Television, and Media Studies.

What is Il Cinema Ritrovato?

Il Cinema Ritrovato is a festival organized by Cineteca di Bologna, one of Europe’s most renowned archives for film restoration and preservation. The festival, which showcased its 37th edition this past summer, provides audiences with nine memorable days of unique screenings and the chance to discover the best restorations of the year (film print or digital). Attendees get the chance to meet renowned experts on film history as well as personalities of the current, global cinema landscape. More than 500 titles are presented in six cinemas as well as on a giant, outdoor screen in Bologna's Piazza Maggiore that turns the majestic Piazza into a 4,000-seat, open air movie theater. The 38th edition will take place from Saturday June 22nd to Sunday June 30th, 2024.

LMU’s School of Film and Television is excited to bring Il Cinema Ritrovato on Tour back to campus after a four-year hiatus. We have selected seven digitally restored, heritage films for this edition along with a silent film program (with live piano accompaniment) and a recent documentary on the life and work of one of cinema’s key figures. The titles from France, Mexico, Yugoslavia and the United States have been carefully selected by Guy Borlée, Il Cinema Ritrovato’s festival coordinator, and Carla Marcantonio, Associate Dean of SFTV and Associate Professor of Film, Television, and Media Studies.

The 4-day program is outlined below or you can download the Il Cinema Ritrovato on Tour program 10-11-23. Associate Dean of SFTV and Associate Professor of Film, Television, and Media Studies., Carla Marcantonio, provides additional context about Il Cinema Ritrovato here Il Cinema Ritrovato Article.

Let us know you're coming by RSVPing on LEO! Guests unable to access LEO, can RSVP here. We look forward to seeing you at the movies!


Wednesday, October 18, 2023:
Film History, Recovered and Restored



Start time: 4:30 P.M.
Location: Mayer Theater

In the spirit of Roberto Rossellini’s Paisá/Paisan (1946), Petrovic’s Three is an anti-war film. It depicts war’s inhumanity, its ravages, and its senselessness. Death is the indisputable protagonist in each of the loosely-related triptychs that make up the film. Tomislav Pinter’s cinematography is stunning. Three was filmed in the arid Dinaric Alps and in the endless swamps of the Neretva River delta near the Adriatic Sea. In this film, even the locations become an expression of Man’s Destiny.

The department of Film, TV, and Media studies is pleased to present this joint-screening for Prof. Mikki Kressbach’s Film/Media Theory AND Prof. Jake Martin’s World Cinema 2. All are welcome!

Yugoslavia, 1965, B&W, 86 minutes
Director: Aleksandar Petrović
Cast: Bata Živojinović, Slobodan Perović, Senka Veletanlić 

Restored in 2019 at Delta Video laboratory from a 35mm negative print preserved by Jugoslovenska Kinoteka.

Introduction: Mikki Kressbach


Cinema's First Nasty Women: Contagious Revenge

Co-sponsored by LMU College of Communication and Fine Arts and LMU Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

Start time: 7:30 P.M.
Location: Drollinger Stage

Outdoor Screening and Live Piano Accompaniment!

Cinema’s First Nasty Women is a project that celebrates feminist comedy, unruly activism, and queer gender play in cinema from the early twentieth century. In this extravaganza of CONTAGIOUS REVENGE, French nursemaids go on strike, a teenage tomboy electrocutes the police, domestic workers break all the dishes, and a feminist cattle wrangler holds her bridegroom at gunpoint in a rare Western comedy starring the legendary speakeasy owner Texas Guinan. Issues of social justice, gender equity, workplace rights, dangerous new technologies, and physical contagion abound across this irreverent screening of ten slapstick comedies with live music by Dreamland Faces.

Introduction: Opening Remarks, Carla Marcantonio, Recorded Curator Introduction: Maggie Hennefeld, Laura Horak, and Elif Rongen-Kaynakci.

The Dairymaid's Revenge (US, 1899, 2 min) “BUCKETS” Composed by Timothy Law Snyder.

Live piano accompaniment: Donald Sosin

Pianist Donald Sosin has been creating and performing silent film music for fifty years, playing for major festivals, archives, and DVD recordings. He has been resident accompanist at New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Museum of the Moving Image, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Silent Short Film Showings

  1. The Dairymaid's Revenge (US, 1899, 2 min)  
  2. La grève des nourrices (France, 1907, 12 min)  
  3. Victoire a ses nerfs (France, 1907, 3 min)  
  4. Zoé et la parapluie miraculeux (France, 1913, 4 min)  
  5. Rembrandt de la rue Lepic (France, 1911, 6 min)  
  6. La pile électrique de Léontine (France, 1910, 6.5 min)  
  7. Laughing Gas (US, 1907, 7.5 min) 
  8. Daisy Doodad's Dial (U.K., 1914, 9 min) 
  9. La peur des ombres (France, 1911, 4 min) 
  10. The Night Rider (US, 1920, 25 min) 

Total Running Time: 80 min


Thursday, October 19, 2023:
Italian Cinema in Transition

Peccato Che Sia Una Canaglia

("Too Bad She's Bad")

Start time: 6:40 P.M.
Location: Mayer Theater

This early Sophia Loren vehicle is not her cinematic debut, but it was the first film written specifically for her—an act of casting that apparently met producer Carlo Ponti’s skepticism regarding whether the young actress could carry a movie; in fact, he would marry her three years later, and together they would forge one of cinema’s longest-lasting partnerships. Canaglia (“scoundrel”) was her first starring role and it definitively launched her onto the path of stardom. This masterpiece of comedic timing also placed her, for the first time, alongside the eminently watchable and also now-iconic Marcelo Mastroianni. Vittorio De Sica, better known as one of Italian neorealism’s leading directors, plays her swindling, sweet-talking father and here showcases his comedic talent and acting chops.

Italy, 1955, B&W, 95 minutes
Director: Alessandro Blasetti
Cast: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Vittorio De Sica

Distributed by Movietime (Italy)

Introduction: Carla Marcantonio

Brief Pizza Reception: 8:15 P.M. - 8:50 P.M.


Miracolo a Milano

("Miracle in Milan")

Start time: 9 P.M.
Location: Broccoli Theater

Despite the popularity of Vittorio De Sica’s films, Miracle in Milan has for years been a difficult film to find in the United States – until its 4K restoration by the Cineteca di Bologna and its re-release by the Criterion Collection. Miracle in Milan melds neorealist aesthetics and concerns about social justice with a fairy tale peppered with magical moments, including flying brooms (purportedly an inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s flying bicycles in E.T. [1982]). It is a likable and inventive story about finding hope in desolate times, as well as an allegory about the exploitation of the poor. More importantly, it shows how deeply greed runs in human beings, disregarding both ideology and social class—a topic that still resonates seven decades later. The “good” in people, the film seems to say, is a fragile and rare thing. The film abounds with whimsical flourishes and its protagonist’s – Totò’s – infectious charm. 

Italy, 1951, 100 minutes
 Vittorio De Sica
Cast:Francesco Golisano, Emma Gramatica, Paolo Stoppa

Restored by Cineteca di Bologna and Compass Film, in collaboration with Mediaset, Infinity, Arthur Cohn and Variety Communications at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory. Distributed in the Us by Janus Films.

Introduction: Carla Marcantonio


Friday, October 20, 2023:
From Bologna to Los Angeles – The Love of Cinema

Viva Varda!

Start time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Broccoli Theater

Agnès Varda was a pioneer of personal cinema and has become a source of inspiration for a whole new generation of young filmmakers. This documentary chronicles her expansive career, embodying her curiosity and whimsy. Contains previously unseen archival materials.

France, 2023, 67 minutes
Director: Henri Pierre-Henri Gibert
Cast: Agnès Varda, Rosalie Varda and Mathieu Demy

Distributed by Mk2 (France).

Introduction: Professor Richard Hadley, Film, TV and Media Studies


Bologna Summer Program
Student-Selected Double-Feature!

Man's Castle

Co-Sponsored by LMU Global-Local Affairs

Start Time: 5:15 p.m. (Presentation)
Start Time: 6:00 p.m. (Screening)
Location: Broccoli Theater 

Cinema Archives Talk: “The restoration of Man’s Castle”

Speaker: Rita Belda, Vice President at Sony Pictures Entertainment

In this 1933 Pre-Hays Code (i.e. uncensored), Depression-era drama, the gruff and homeless Bill (Spencer Tracy) decides to help out the beautiful, destitute Trina (Loretta Young). Trina falls for Bill, and they set up house together in a shantytown, but he longs to get out of New York City. On a very minimal budget, Borzage crafts a modern-day, romantic fairytale that is also devoid of facile sentimentality. Of the films Borzage made during the sound era, few match the intense lyricism and biting emotional power of Man’s Castle. It is the story of a man’s struggle to reconcile his need for freedom with his need for love. Tracy, one of the great male stars of American cinema, here showcases a rare vulnerability.

US, B&W, 1933, 78 minutes
Director: Frank Borzage
Cast: Spencer Tracey, Loretta Young

Restored in 4K by Sony Pictures Entertainment at Cineric laboratory, from the original 1933 35mm nitrate negative, a 1938 nitrate dupe negative and a 35mm nitrate print loaned by the BFI National Archive. Audio restoration by Deluxe Audio Services. Restoration supervised by Rita Belda.

Introduction: Students from the cohort of SFTV’S Bologna Summer Abroad ‘23

Reception: The first 45 students who RSVP and attend Man's Castle will receive a voucher for the Oaxaca on Wheels food truck at the reception after the screening!



Co-Sponsored by LMU Global-Local Affairs

Start time: 7:30 p.m. (Reception*)
Start time: 9:00 p.m. (Screening)
Location: Howard Fitzpatrick Pavilion Patio + Broccoli Theater

Three illustrated Calaveras or Day of the Dead skulls Day of the Dead
Costume Contest + Food Truck! 

Macario is a peasant and a woodcutter who is constantly going hungry so that his five children can have enough to eat. It is the Day of the Dead and the townspeople are readying for the celebration. That day, Macario is approached by God, the Devil, and Death – he chooses to make a pact with Death from whom he also receives a gift that will change his life, though he must be careful how he dispenses of it. The film is a fable and a morality tale – as well as a denunciation of the schism that exists between rich and poor. Macario is perhaps the best known and most beloved of the films directed by Roberto Gavaldón, one of the most important figures of the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema. The film’s cinematographer, Gabriel Figeroa, is widely considered to be one of the most influential in cinema’s history. The film also marks the first time Mexico received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign film and it was also Mexico’s entry for the Cannes film festival in 1960. Macario, and its magical realism, undoubtedly also served as an inspiration for Disney’s wildly successful Coco (2017).

Mexico, B&W, 1960, 91 minutes
Director: Roberto Gavaldón
Cast: Ignacio López Tarso, Pina Pellicer

Restored by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project and Fundación Televisa at L’Immagine Ritrovata in collaboration with Filmoteca UNAM and in association with Televisa S. de R.L. de C.V. Funding provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Special thanks to Guillermo del Toro.

Introduction: Students from the cohort of SFTV’S Bologna Summer Abroad ‘23

Reception: The Oaxaca Food Truck will be available for purchase at the reception beginning at 7:30 p.m.


Saturday, October 21, 2023:
American “Neorealism” and the Black Experience

Nothing But A Man

Co-Sponsored by LMU Faculty Affairs

Start time: 10:00 A.M. Welcome and Film Introduction, Dr. Paula Massood*
Start time: 11:00 A.M. Screening

Location: Mayer Theater
Lunch break: Howard Fitzpatrick Pavilion Patio

The film tells the story of Duff Anderson (Ivan Dixon), an African American man living in the racially segregated American South during the Civil Rights era. Duff is determined to lead a life of dignitiy and respect, despite the oppressive racial discrimination of the time. He falls in love with a preacher’s daughter, Josie (Abbey Lincoln), who is also a schoolteacher. Duff faces various challenges as he tries to provide for his family; he confronts racism at his workplace, in his community, and in his marriage. 

The film sheds light on the systemic racism and discrimination prevalent at the time. Nothing but a Man is celebrated for its realistic portrayal of Black life in the 1960s. It was an independent film with a cinema verité flair, made on a shoe-string budget. It may be surprising to learn that this sensitive treatment of Black life, said to have been Malcolm X’s favorite film, was written and directed by German-Jewish Michael Roemer who escaped the Nazis as an adolescent and emigrated to the U.S. after World War II. Newly arrived from England to begin his education at Harvard, Roemer immediately observed the start racial discrimination against African-Americans and felt bleak echoes of his still vivid experience as a Jew who barely escaped the Third Reich. Roemer spent months living with African American families in Alabama in preparation for Nothing But a Man. And though he wanted to film in the South, he was warned against the discrimination he would face and the film was eventually shot in New Jersey. The film’s extraordinary cast includes legendary singer Abbey Lincoln and Ivan Dixon in what both would later name as their greatest screen roles.

USA, 1964, B&W, 92 minutes
Director: Michael Roemer
Cast: Ivan Dixon, Abbey Lincoln, Gloria Foster

Distributed by The Film Desk and restored in 2013 by courtesy of Library of Congress at Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation Laboratory.

* Paula Massood is moderating the panel discussion after our surprise screening at 1:30 P.M. Read her bio.


Secret Event Screening + One-day Symposium

Co-Sponsored by LMU Faculty Affairs

Start time: 1:30 P.M. (Screening)
Start time: 2:45 P.M. (Panel Discussion & Conversation with students
Location: Broccoli Theater

Due to its re-release schedule, we cannot advertise the title of this film, which we get to see at this advance screening.

After the screening, Dr. Paula J. Massood will moderate a panel of invited guests, including Ellen C. Scott, Josslyn Luckett, and Leah Aldridge.



Paula J. Massood

Paula is a Professor of Screen Studies at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Brooklyn College, CUNY, and on the doctoral faculty in the Film Studies Certificate Program and Program in Theater at The Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the author of Black City Cinema: Visualizing African American Urban Experiences in Film (Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2003) and Making a Promised Land: Harlem in 20th Century Photography and Film (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2013); editor of The Spike Lee Reader: An Anthology (Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2008) and co-editor of Media Crossroads: Intersections of Space and Identity in Screen Cultures (2021). She is Past-President of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

Ellen C. Scott

Ellen is an Associate Professor in Theater, Film, and Television at UCLA. She specializes in media history, African-American cultural history, film and media theory, American film history, sound theory, the history of censorship and cultural studies. Her research focuses on the cultural meanings and reverberations of film in African-American communities and, more broadly, the relationship of media to the struggle for racial justice and equality. She is the author of Cinema Civil Rights (Rutgers UP, 2015). She is currently working on two projects, one examining the history of slavery on the American screen and another on the history of Classical Hollywood-era Black Women film critics.

Josslyn Luckett

Josslyn is an Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies at New York University. Her first book, Toward a More Perfect Rebellion: Multiracial Media Activism Made in L.A. (under contract UC Press) centers the formation of the Ethno-Communications Program at UCLA (1969-1973), an affirmative action media training initiative whose participants transformed American film culture of the 1970s and beyond. She is a contributing editor for Film Quarterly and a member of the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress. She is also a screenwriter and in 2022 joined the writing staff of Queen Sugar (OWN) for its seventh and final season.

Leah Aldridge

Leah is Assistant Professor at Dodge College of Cinema and Media Arts at Chapman University. Her main area of research pertains to the relationship between international distribution and domestic production of black film and television. Other areas of scholarly interest include race and representation, gender and genre, culture industries, and diaspora and globalization. She has published on the brands of cinematic blackness such as, “Will Smith: A Global Brand of Blackness” (in The Myth of Colorblindness: Race and Ethnicity in American Cinema, eds., Sarah E. Turner and Sarah Nielsen, Palgrave Macmillan: 2019) and “To Brand and Rebrand: Questioning the Futurity of Tyler Perry” (in From Madea to Media Mogul: Theorizing Tyler Perry, eds. TreaAndrea Russworm, Univ. Press of Mississippi: 2016).



  • Guy Borlée, Cineteca di Bologna
  • Carla Marcantonio, LMU

School of Film and Television

  • Dean Joanne Moore
  • Richard Hadley, Department of Film, TV, and Media Studies
  • Mikki Kressbach, Department of Film, TV, and Media Studies
  • Jenny Manriquez, Academic Affairs Associate
  • Zoe Young, Theater Services Administrator
  • Will Mack, Post-Production Systems Administrator

LMU Co-Sponsors

  • Dean Bryant Alexander, College of Communication and Fine Arts
  • Dean Robbin Crabtree, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts
  • Vice Provost Roberta Espinoza, Global-Local Affairs
  • Vice Provost Kat Weaver, Faculty Affairs

Cineteca di Bologna

  • Gian Luca Farinelli, Director
  • Andrea Meneghelli, Head of Film Archive
  • Carmen Accaputo, Access and Shipping
  • Alessandro Criscitiello, Assistant Coordinator for Il Cinema Ritrovato
  • Violette de La Forest, trainee for Il Cinema Ritrovato

Special Thanks

  • Maggie Hennefeld, Associate Professor at University of Minnesota and co-curator of Cinema’s Nasty Women (Kino Lorber)
  • The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project
  • Film Restoration & Digital Mastering, Sony Pictures Entertainment