Do you have the answer to what makes Italian Cinema and its comedies successful? Do you think you could name at least three? Do you know the iconic legends like actors Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni and Alberto Sordi? What made these stars shine so brightly in the sky of international cinema? Finally, is it fair to suggest that the 'Golden Era' of Italian comedy ever finished? These questions and many others will be answered on 1 December 2015, at Melbourne's Ding Dong Lounge - 18 Market Lane, Chinatown, Melbourne.
Doors open at 6pm and tickets are $10, which can only be bought at the door. There'll be sweet tunes to transport you through time to 'La Dolce Vita' as you sip and sample your way through the gourmet Ding Dong Lounge cellars and kitchen.
Images LtoR courtesy of theredlist.com; toutlecine.com and commeaucinema.com
From 7pm onwards, the Melbourne Groove Conspiracy (Alessandro Stellano - bass, Zac Lister - guitar, Nanni Calandro - drums) will take you back into the past from the main stage, to a time when Espresso and Martini were two separate things. When you see and hear the best gems of Italian music and cinema covering a passionate 75 minute ode to the original Italian soundtracks from the 60's and 70's, you'll know the Italians were doing more than simply strumming mandolins and eating pasta.
Sound will alternate with projected fragments of classic Italian cinema. The behind-the-scenes narratives will be spoken by Italian musician Nanni Calandro the project's creator, and homegrown muso Mitch Ward. Nanni states "The 60s and 70s in Italy were experimentalism in its purest form. It's worth knowing such an era of incredible artistic ferment which brought Italy to have an incredible international recognition, as never before."
Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita starring Marcello Mastroianni & Anita Ekberg. Image courtesy of sbs.com.au
Indeed, the legacy passed on are some of the finest pieces in the history of music and cinema that have been created by visionary musicians and directors of the time. Movies like 'My Friends', 'Big Deal on Madonna Street' and 'Be Sick' will be covered; it's free. These 3 key films cover 3 specific moments of Italy at the turn of the 60's and 70's. Equally important are the music scored for these films and the great composers like Piero Piccioni and Piero Umiliani whose music have taken on a life of their own and come up in jingles and such like.
Big Deal on Madonna Street (I Soliti Ignoti). Image courtesy of northcoastjournal.com
Come along for a night of explorations, visions and sounds into the quintessential Italian Comedy. Produced by NOMIT the Italian Network of Melbourne; they're a not-for-profit organisation based in Melbourne and support a new generation of Italian migrants. They also promote contemporary Italian culture throughout Australia.