Jul 13, 2007
Cinema Italian Style
Summer in Italy means outdoor movies. There is a gigantic square in Bologna surrounded by a huge church and museum. Thousands of chairs are set up in rows. They stay there a few weeks while the movies are playing. There is a huge screen erected with speakers all around. They don't play first run movies. It's a sort of nostalgic movie festival. The first one we saw was "Faces" by John Casavettes. It is an unwatchable student film. The only good thing about it was Ben Gazzara showed up for the screening. They introduced him and he garbled some answers to the nutty questions they asked him about acting. It was all very surreal. One night they showed a great movie. Doctor Strangelove. It was very appropriate for the times we live in.