1979. Italy/USA. Bernardo Bertolucci. 142 min.
Thursday, January 6, 2011, 4:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1979. Italy/USA. Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. With Jill Clayburgh, Matthew Barry, Veronica Lazar. Bertolucci’s homage to Italian opera and melodrama stars Clayburgh as the grand diva Caterina, a self-absorbed, recently widowed transplant to Rome. As Caterina’s heroin-addicted fifteen-year-old, Joe, runs loose in the Eternal City, mother and son proceed to act out a real-life oedipal melodrama that rivals the diva’s onstage performances. In scenes that are often as poetic as they are dramatic, Clayburgh lip-synchs to actual recordings of La Divina herself, Maria Callas, singing Verdi arias. The original score by Ennio Morricone is a stunning complement to Vittorio Storaro’s land- and cityscapes. In English, Italian; English subtitles. 142 min.