The Sebastiano Lucci Classic Italian Film Series at the Smith Opera House starts on Saturday with the first of four classic Italian films, Life Is Beautiful.
Life Is Beautiful was nominated for 7 Academy Awards®, winning three including Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actor Roberto Benigni. In this tale, Guido (Benigni) – a charming but bumbling waiter who's gifted with a colorful imagination and an irresistible sense of humor – has won the heart of the woman he loves and created a beautiful life for his young family. But then, life is threatened by World War II and Guido must rely on those very same strengths to save his beloved wife and son from an unthinkable fate.
Life Is Beautiful will be shown at 7 p.m. on September 14 Visiting Hobart and William Smith Colleges professor and film historian Sebastiano Lucci will speak following the screening. Its running time is 1 hour, 56 minutes. In Italian, German and English with subtitles, it is rated PG-13 for holocaust related thematic events. All seats are $5.
The Sebastiano Lucci Classic Italian Film Series is co-sponsored by The Geneva Sons of Italy. Other films in the series include The Starmaker on October 19, Ciao Professore on November 23 and La Dolce Vita on December 7.
The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. Call 315-781-LIVE or toll-free 1-866-355 LIVE for additional information.