Casa Italiana

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Wednesday, November 20, 6:00 PM

Cinema Vitti

Damiani, La moglie piu' bella (The Most Beautiful Wife), 1970


After a simple Sicilian peasant girl, Francesca, refuses the advances of a powerful mafioso's nephew, she is kidnapped and sexually assaulted. Her kidnapper, Vito, then offers her a "reparative marriage" (matrimonio reparatore) -- an antiquated practice in which a woman who is violated is forced into a marriage in order to protect her family's honor. Francesca courageously declines Vito's offer and reports her rape to the police, despite opposition from her neighbors and even her own family.

This film is based on the true story of Franca Viola, a Sicilian woman who similarly defied social conventions and became a brave example of women's rights.

Friday, November 22, 6:00 PM

Book Presentation: "Wolf Beach" by Gina Lagorio

Kelsey Andrychuk and Maria Rosaria Vitti-Alexander present the English translation of Gina Lagorio's novel, La spiaggia del lupo.

Wolf Beach follows Angela as she passes from adolescence to adulthood, acquiring at each stage ever more inner strength that gives her self-reliance and determination. As Lagorio said in a 1977 interview, Angela is the image of the modern woman because she fights to gain her own dignity and individual identity.


Light reception to follow.

New course offering for Spring 2020!

Casa Italiana is offering a new course on Dante Alighieri's masterpiece, La Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy), with in-depth study of the history of Florence and other city states at the time of Dante's life.

The text used is the Singleton Bilingual Edition, and the class will meet Thursdays at 6:00 PM.