The Sebastiano Lucci Classic Italian Film Series at the Smith Opera House returns this Saturday with the third of four classic Italian films, “Ciao, Professore!”. In this comedy a teacher from upper-class northern Italy is assigned to teach a group of street-smart southern Italian village kids. When he's forced to drop his no-nonsense approach he finds that the kids have as much to teach him as he does them.
“Ciao, Professore!” is the story of Marco Sperelli (Paolo Villaggio), a northern Italian teacher who gets dumped in the southern Italian town of Corzano because of a bureaucratic screw-up (he was supposed to get an assignment in Corsano). At the De Amicis school, he has been assigned to teach third grade, but when he arrives, he finds the place run by the janitor. Only three of his fifteen students are in class — the rest are out working on the streets, hustling black market goods and helping their families make ends meet. So, taking matters into his own hands, Sperelli makes a trip through the village to collect his delinquent pupils personally.
“Ciao, Professore!” will be screened at 7 p.m. on Nov. 23, at the Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St. Running time is 1 hour, 31 minutes. In Italian with subtitles, this film is rated R. All seats for this special series are $5. The Sebastiano Lucci Classic Italian Film Series is co-sponsored by The Geneva Sons of Italy. The last film in the series is “Il Postino” on December 7.