MCC Hosts Italian Film Minifestival

(Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 28, 2005) - Peter Bondanella, acclaimed author and Italian literature and film scholar, will provide his unique perspectives on a series of six Italian-themed films being shown as part of a Manatee Community College (MCC) minifestival. The films will explore representations related to lavoro (work) and famiglia (family) Monday and Tuesday, March 14 and 15, in Neel Performing Arts Center, located off 26th Street at 60th Avenue West, MCC Bradenton.

Bondanella is a professor of comparative literature and Italian at Indiana University. Two of his books are Hollywood Italians and Italian Cinema: Neorealism to the Present. The latter book won the President's Award of the American Association for Italian Studies in 1984 and is considered the standard work in the field. Both books will be available for purchase at the minifestival and there will be an opportunity for Bondanella to sign them.

The films are being shown as part of a Race, Gender and Representation in Film course. Scheduled films include Christ in Concrete (1 p.m.), The Bicycle Thief (6 p.m.) and Saturday Night Fever (8:30 p.m.), Monday, March 14, and True Love (10 a.m.), The Godfather Part III (1 p.m.) and The Sopranos (an episode of the popular HBO series) (4 p.m.), Tuesday, March 15.

The minifestival is sponsored by the MCC Department of Fine Arts and the MCC Film Club. Admission is $5 for each day. Admission is free for MCC students, faculty and staff. For more information, call the Neel Performing Arts Center Box Office at (941) 752-5252 or Del Jacobs, manager of MCC's multimedia/film program, at (941) 752-5593.


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