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Fundraiser for Italian Film Festival 2011

  • 05 Mar 2011
  • 6:30 PM - 9:59 PM
  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2501 Stevens Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404


The Italian Cultural Center presents:

The Fundraiser Event to benefit the 3rd annual Italian Film Festival of contemporary Italian cinema (March 25-27, 2011). The event is hosted by Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), wine and antipasti graciously donated by our friends at D'Amico Kitchen. Guests will have a unique opportunity to view Federico Fellini's late masterpiece "The Clowns", which was generously donated by the Italian film publisher, RaroVideo, now based in Minneapolis. The film has never been available on DVD to the US public and RaroVideo has digitally restored  and remastered it to its original splendor giving us the opportunity to be the first to view it in the US in conjunction with its March 1st release.  

"The Clowns" reflects Fellini’s childhood obsession with clowns and begins with a young boy watching a circus set up from his bedroom window. Referred to as a “docu-comedy”, this film explores deeper human conditions such as authority, poverty, humility and arrogance all of which manifest themselves through the characters of the clowns.The film then diverges from its narrative and dreamy state to a more documentary like approach as Fellini searches out these jesters of his youth in Paris to see what has become of them. Ending with an operatic type funeral for one of Italy’s most celebrated clowns, one feels immersed in the Fellini-esque nature of the burlesque, and the surreal. An excellent score composed by Nino Rota enhances the film’s denouement, so much so that one feels kept at the edge of their seat waiting for the jack in the box to pop. Featuring Anita Ekberg, the star of his 1960’s masterpiece, La Dolce Vita and the director himself. 


6:30 PM Enjoy wine and delicious antipasti provided by D'Amico Kitchen

7:30 PM Introductions

7:45 PM Film: Federico Fellini’s  I Clowns (1970, 95 min)

The movie will be followed by discussion
Coffee served in the lobby

When: Saturday, March 5, 2011; 6:30-10:00 PM
 MCAD, 2501 Stevens Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
$65/person (tax deductible up to $30)


The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
  250 Third Ave N., Suite 625 | Minneapolis, MN 55401 | (612) 295-4111 

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