Italian cinema has not died, it's only Fellini that left us.


  • Italian cinema has not died, it's only Fellini that left us. Director's names for the nineties are Silvio Soldini, Stefan Reali, Eugenio Carpuccio, Sandro Baldoni, Giuseppi M. Gaudino, and Edoardo Winspeare. The Istituto Italiano di Cultura per I Paesi Bassi (Italian Cultural Institute) on the Keizersgracht 564 in Amsterdam has organized showings of their films under the title "New Italian Cinema - Amsterdam 98" at Cinecenter Movie House on the Leidseplein. Films include "Pizzicata", "Il Bagno Turco - Hamam", "Giro di Lune Tra Terra e Mare", "Il Caricatore", "Le Acrobate", Consigli per gli Acquisti" and In Barca a Vela Contromano." It runs from May 7th through 13th. Check internet site: www.italcult.demon.nl Hasta la pasta e basta!
  • The velvet voice of mezzo-soprano Rachel Ann Morgan will be assisted by the piano of Brian Masuda for an afternoon of Brecht "liederen" with music penned by Eisler, Dessau, Wagner-Regeny and, naturally, Weill at the monumental English Reformed Church located in the center of Amsterdam at the Begijnhof. The pilgrims may have left, but the melody lingers on.
  • The Hungarian Cultural Festival (A Hungarian Spring), including films, literature, and music will be taking place at De Balie, Leidseplein, Amsterdam from May 13th to May 17th.
  • The fabulously mad Ken Campbell, known to many for his marathon theatre direction (a 22 hour show - and, if you don't believe it, check it out in the Guiness Book of Records) of Neil Oram's The Warp in the 70's, his one- man shows (among them The Furtive Nudist) his role as the neighbor in the classic BBC series "In Sickness and In Health" (remake on the American continent became know as "All In The Family"), or his myriad appearances in numerous films, will be doing it again on-stage twice this month, May 23rd & 24th, at the Balie Theatre, Leidseplein, Amsterdam. (By the by, The Warp has, after 20 years, re-emerged for 5 performances in London this month and will, hopefully, being showing up in Amsterdam this September before making a grand appearance in New York City this autumn.)
  • Cinema De Balie also has a special evening on May 18th presented by William Wees from Montreal entitled "de/reconstructing pornography" (including such films as "the dog star man has a too big cock for the sheeba") as well as a companion evening presented by M.M. Serra from New York on the 22nd labelled "coming to power: sexually explicit films by women artists").
  • The Dutch Film Yearbook (Filmjaarboek 97), edited by the able hands of Hans Beerekamp, Harry Peters, and Gerwin Tamsma will be available in June. (Be aware, all you international types, that the texts are in Dutch.

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