*La vita agra (It's a Hard Life)*. 1964. Italy. Directed by Carlo Lizzani. Courtesy Cinecittà Luce/Surf Film

La vita agra (It’s a Hard Life). 1964. Italy. Directed by Carlo Lizzani. Screenplay by Sergio Amidei, Luciano Bianciardi, Lizzani, Luciano Vincenzoni. With Ugo Tognazzi, Giovanna Ralli, Rossana Martini. In Italian; English subtitles. 104 min.

Based on Luciano Bianciardi’s semiautobiographical bestselling novel—which Italo Calvino praised as a key example of the “industrial literature” produced during Italy’s economic boom years—La vita agra stars Ugo Tognazzi as a neurotic intellectual who seeks to avenge the deaths of 43 miners by blowing up the company’s modern Milanese headquarters.

DCP from Luce Cinecittà; courtesy Surf Film

  1. Wednesday, December 12,
    4:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  2. Friday, December 7,
    4:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2