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MARTEDI' AL CINEMA CON PALAZZO STROZZI

Published on April 22, 2013 5:46 PM | Comments

More than half of the spring program is still left in the "Cinema con Palazzon Strozzi" series. These are free screenings - first come, first served! I am really looking forward to tomorrow night -
BARRY LYNDON is kind of hard to find, and I have never seen it on the big screen:

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Martedì 23 aprile ore 20.30
BARRY LYNDON di Stanley Kubrick (Gran Bretagna, 1975, 184′)

Martedì 7 maggio ore 20.30
VIAGGIO IN ITALIA di Roberto Rossellini (Italia, 1953, 75′)

Martedì 14 maggio ore 20.30
GLI AMANTI DEL PONT-NEUF di Leo Carax (Francia, 1991, 125′)

Martedì 21 maggio ore 20.30
MELANCHOLIA di Lars Von Trier (Danimarca/Francia, 2011, 130′)


Movies in English in Florence, September & October 2012

Published on September 11, 2012 1:30 PM | Comments

There is a better file to view this (PDF) here. If it is very important to see one of these films, I suggest confirming the day before or the first day of the showing - they have a tendency to cancel/substitute films at the last minute.

Also - note that the "Elephant Man" and "Blade Runner" screenings are FREE!

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Leonardo Live Domani

Published on February 15, 2012 10:42 PM | Comments

This looks amazing and it is playing in a couple of cinemas in Florence tomorrow night:

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More details about the film and a review from the NY Times.


English language movies in Florence

Published on January 23, 2012 1:00 PM | Comments

We still get a lot of traffic to older posts on this subject, some of which are out of date or just wrong at this point. For a while (I think!) the "original sound" films (which is what they call them here when they show a foreign movie in the language it was made, i.e. English for American films) were moved to the cinema on Piazza Beccaria, but now they seem to be back at the Odeon in the center, right next to Piazza Strozzi. Below is the program for the rest of January and February from their website - this Wednesday is the last chance to catch "Shame":

SHAME
(UK 2011- 99')
By Steve McQueen 
With Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale

SHOWS
Wed/Mer 25: 4.00- 6.00- 8.30- 10.30 pm 
ORIGINAL VERSION WITH ITALIAN SUBTITLES

Love is a Drug somebody once sang, but maybe lust is more so. The brilliant young British director Steve McQueen’s uncompromising portrait of a sex addict is a worthy follow-up to his first movie Hunger. ‘In a movie era remarkable for its reluctance to dramatize erotic intimacy, Shame merits praise for the dark energy of its sexual encounters’ (Time)

Brandon, un trentenne che vive a New York, si è deciso a curare la sua divorante dipendenza sessuale. L’arrivo inaspettato della sorella più giovane e irrequieta, che si stabilisce nel suo appartamento, gli fa però perdere il controllo del proprio mondo, rischiando di mandare all’aria i suoi buoni propositi iniziali. Coppa Volpi per la migliore interpretazione maschile a Michael Fassbender al 68° Festival di Venezia.

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THE IDES OF MARCH (LE IDI DI MARZO)
(USA 2011- 101')
By Gerorge Clooney
With Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei

SHOW
Tue/Mart17: 4.00- 6.00- 8.30- 10.30 pm 
ORIGINAL VERSION WITH ITALIAN SUBTITLES

Another George Clooney political drama centring on a scandal that threatens to disrupt the Ohio Presidential Primary. ‘A big, bruisingly funny moral fable etched in acid and Obama disillusion’ (Rolling Stone). ‘A cynical, polished and deeply disturbing look at the kind of camera-ready liberal dreamboy who gets elected in 60-second sound bites, it is one of the most important films of the year’ (New York Observer) 

In Ohio, in un prossimo futuro, durante le primarie dei democratici per la presidenza degli Stati Uniti, un giovane e idealista guru della comunicazione lavora per un candidato, il governatore Mike Morris, e si trova, suo malgrado, pericolosamente coinvolto negli inganni e nella corruzione che lo circondano. Ben 4 nomination ai prossimi Golden Globee profumo di Oscar per George Clooney ed il suo co-protagonista Ryan Goslin. 

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HUNGER
(UK/Ireland 2008 - 93')
By Steve McQueen 
With Helena Bereen Larry Cowan, Liam Cunningham, Michael Fassbender, Stuart Graham

SHOW
Fri/Ven 20: 10.30 pm 
Sat/Sab 21: 10.30 pm
ORIGINAL VERSION WITH ITALIAN SUBTITLES

The film stars Michael Fassbender as Bobby Sands, the Irish Republican activist who led the 1981 Irish hunger strike and participated in the no wash protest in which Republican prisoners tried to win political status. It dramatises events in the Maze prison in the months prior to Sands' death. 

Il film racconta le ultime sei settimane di vita di Bobby Sands, l'attivista nordirlandese che morì nel 1981, in seguito ad uno sciopero della fame. Premio “Camera d'oro” al Festival di Cannes 2008. 

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PAGE ONE: A Year Inside the New York Times - MONDOVISIONI
(USA 2011-91')
By Andrew Rossi

SHOW
Mon/Lun 23: 8.30 pm 
ORIGINAL VERSION WITH ITALIAN SUBTITLES

Fly-on-the-wall documentary chronicling a year in the life of the newspaper as print journalism is threatened by new media and changes in news production and delivery. ‘This efficiently assembled primer hardly counts as a revelatory dispatch from the old-vs.-new-media frontlines, but its ideas will engross anyone for whom the viability of traditional newsgathering remains a matter of pressing significance’ (Variety). Il 2010 è stato l'anno nero dei giornali. Come ha affrontato la crisi uno dei maggiori quotidiani statunitensi? Per dodici mesi una telecamera ha ripreso il lavoro della redazione del New York Times. E ha descritto cosa cambia nel sistema dell’informazione nel momento in cui molti giornali chiudono incalzati dalla diffusione di internet e dal calo delle inserzioni pubblicitarie. 

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TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY (LA TALPA)
(UK, France, Germany 2011- 127')
By Tomas Alfredson 
With Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Benedict 

SHOWS
Tue/Mart24: 4.00- 6.40- 9.30 pm
Thu/Gio 26: 6.00 pm
ORIGINAL VERSION WITH ITALIAN SUBTITLES

John Le Carré’s classic Cold War spy thriller is given another outing with MI6 veteran George Smiley emerging from retirement to track down a Soviet mole. ‘Utterly absorbing, extremely smart and - considering this is a sad, shabby, drably grey-green world of obsessives, misfits, misdirection, disillusionment, self-delusion and treachery - quite beautifully executed’ (Empire). 

Thriller incentrato sulla figura di un agente segreto inglese, George Smiley, prossimo al pensionamento, alle prese con il mondo della Guerra Fredda. Il suo ultimo compito è quello di scovare una talpa sovietica nel Circus, il più alto grado del British Intelligence Service. 

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THE IRON LADY
(UK 2011- 105')
By Phyllida Lloyd.
With Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Harry Lloyd, Anthony Head

SHOWS
Fri/Ven 27: 4.00- 6.00.-8.30- 10.30 pm 
Sat/Sab 28: 4.00- 6.00- 8.30- 10.30 pm 
Sun/Dom 29: 4.00- 6.00 pm 

FEBRUARY
Wed/Mer 1: 6.00- 8.30- 10.30 pm
Fri/Ven 3: 4.00- 6.00- 8.30- 10.30 pm 
Sat/Sab 4: 4.00- 6.00- 8.30- 10.30 pm 
Sun/Dom 5: 4.00- 6.00- 8.30- 10.30 pm 
Wed/Mer 8: 4.00- 6.00- 8.30- 10.30 pm 
Fri/Ven 10: 4.00- 6.00- 8.30- 10.30 pm 
Sat/Sab 11: 4.00- 6.00- 8.30- 10.30 pm 
Sun/Dom 12: 4.00- 6.00- 8.30- 10.30 pm 
Wed/Mer 15: 4.00- 6.00- 8.30- 10.30 pm 
ORIGINAL VERSION WITH ITALIAN SUBTITLES

La vita dell'ex Primo Ministro inglese Margareth Thatcher e il prezzo che dovette pagare per il potere politico. Protagonista assoluta un’immensa Meryl Streep, praticamente certa della diciassettesima nomination agli Oscar della sua leggendaria carriera. 

“One’s life must matter, Denis.” Meryl Streep’s Margaret Thatcher will surely go down as one of the great performances, regardless of opinions on the politics of Britain’s first woman Prime Minister or the movie’s approach to her life on and off the world stage. ‘A biopic that values character over context’ (Hollywood Reporter). 

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THE HELP
(USA 2012- 137')
By Tate Taylor
With Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Mike Vogel 

SHOWS
Mon/Lun 30: 4.00- 6.40- 9.30 pm
Tue/Mart 31: 3.00- 5.40- 10.30 pm
ORIGINAL VERSION WITH ITALIAN SUBTITLESO

Ambientata a Jackson, Mississippi, nei primi anni Sessanta, la storia esplora i temi del razzismo e del perbenismo di facciata delle famiglie del Sud, quando una aspirante scrittrice intervista una cameriera che racconta la verità sulle sue esperienze nelle case dei bianchi. Ben 5 nominations ai Golden Globes 2012.

Mississippi in the 1960s. An aspiring author decides to write a book detailing African-American maids’ points of view on the white families they work for. ‘A stirring black-empowerment tale aimed squarely at white audiences’ (Variety).’ This is a good film, involving and wonderfully acted. I was drawn into the characters and quite moved’ (Roger Ebert). 

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BOBBY FISHER AGAINST THE WORLD 
(USA, UK, Iceland 2011- 92')
By Liz Garbus 

SHOWS
Tue/Mart 31: 8.30 pm 

FEBRUARY
Wed/Mer 1: 4.00 pm 
ORIGINAL VERSION WITH ITALIAN SUBTITLES

Bobby Fischer against the World is a feature documentary that uses the narrative tension of the 1972 match between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer to explore the nature of genius, madness, and the game of chess itself. This film tells the stranger-than-fiction story of the rise and fall of an Fischer, a true icon. 

Nella storia degli scacchi dopo Bobby Fischer, l’unico scacchista statunitense di nascita ad aver mai vinto il titolo di campione del mondo, nulla è stato più come prima. Con la sua genialità e le sue pretese, spesso folli, ha infatti introdotto il concetto di professionismo anche in questa disciplina. 


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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: PROTOCOLLO FANTASMA)
(USA 2011- 133')
By Brad Bird 
With Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Jeremy Renner

SHOW
Thu/Gio 2: 4.00- 6.40- 9.30 pm
Mon/Lun 6: 4.00- 6.40- 9.30 pm
ORIGINAL VERSION WITH ITALIAN SUBTITLES

In MI4 the IMF is shut down when it is implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization's name. ‘Ghost Protocol brims with scenes that are exciting and amazing at the same time; they're brought off with such casual aplomb that they're funny, too’ (Entertainment Weekly) 

Accusati dell'attentato terroristico al Cremlino, l'agente operativo dell'IMF Ethan Hunt e l'intera Agenzia vengono sconfessati e il Presidente avvia il Protocollo Fantasma. Senza più risorse e sostegno, Ethan deve trovare il modo per riscattare il nome della propria agenzia e prevenire un altro attacco. 

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THE MUPPETS (I MUPPETS)
(USA 2011-109’)
By James Bobin
With Emily Blunt, Ricky Gervais, Amy Adams, Zach Galifianakis

SHOWS
Thu/Gio 9: 4.00- 6.00 pm
Thu/Gio 16: 4.00- 6.00 pm
ORIGINAL VERSION 

On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary and Mary from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets. 

Durante una vacanza a Los Angeles, il pupazzo Walter e i suoi amici Gary e Mary scoprono che il perfido petroliere Tex Richman è intenzionato ad abbattere il vecchio studio televisivo del Muppets Show per trivellarne il suolo. I tre perciò aiutano Kermit la rana ad organizzare il The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever, per raccogliere i 10 milioni di dollari necessari per salvare il teatro. 

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THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATOO (MILLENNIUM:UOMINI CHE ODIANO LE DONNE)
(USA 2011- 158')
By David Fincher 
With Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, Stellan Skarsgård, Robin Wright, Christopher Plummer 

SHOW
Mon/Lun 13: 3.00- 6.00-9.00 pm
Tue/Mart 14: 3.00- 6.00 pm
ORIGINAL VERSION WITH ITALIAN SUBTITLES

David Fincher’s remake of the Swedish adaptation of the first of Stieg Larssen’s Millennium series follows the investigation into an old murder by journalist Blomqvist and Goth hacker Lisbeth Salander. ‘It moves like a mad dog, looks like a hi-def dream and is deliciously cast from top to bottom. Go and bask in the lushly photographed luridness’ (Time Out New York).

Quarant'anni fa Harriet Vanger è scomparsa durante una riunione di famiglia sull'isola abitata dal potente clan dei Vanger. Benché il corpo della donna non sia mai stato ritrovato, lo zio Henrik è convinto che sia stata assassinata e che l’autore del delitto sia un membro della sua stessa famiglia. L'incarico di cercare la verità è affidato al reporter Mikael Blomkvist. Al suo fianco, l'abilissima hacker punk, Lisbeth Salander, una ragazza ribelle dal passato oscuro... 

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THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE - FELTRINELLI
(USA 2009- 90')
By R.J. Cutler 

SHOW
Tue/Mart 14: 9.00 pm 
ORIGINAL VERSION WITH ITALIAN SUBTITLES

Award-winning documentary following Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and the magazine’s preparations for the 2007 Fall issue. ‘A splendid study of the forces and passions behind the world's biggest fashion magazine’ (Empire). ‘Subversively entertaining’ (Rolling Stone). ‘Lusciously revealing’ (Entertainment Weekly).

Documentario sul mondo della moda. Le telecamere seguono per diversi mesi Anna Wintour, la celebre direttrice di Vogue US, durante gli incontri di lavoro e le settimane della moda. Il titolo fa riferimento al numero di settembre della rivista; è infatti considerato il più importante in quanto caratterizza le scelte editoriali di tutto l'anno. La pellicola è stata presentata in anteprima al Sundance Film Festival 2009 ottenendo un premio come Miglior Documentario. 


Cinema Odeon has a new website

Published on September 17, 2011 2:58 PM | Comments

If you are looking for the "Original Sound" (or films in English) at the Cinema Odeon in Florence, they have a new place on the web to find their schedules on the intoscana.com website: http://www.odeon.intoscana.it/calendario.php


"Inception" in Florence, in English

Published on October 4, 2010 4:19 PM | Comments

Tonight, and tomorrow at the Odeon Cinehall:

Monday 4, Tuesday 5
Inception (2010 142') by Christopher Nolan. SHOWS at 6:15 & 9:00 PM

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Piazza Strozzi Open Air Cinema

Published on July 21, 2010 12:10 AM | Comments

The Odeon has just shut down for the summer like they do every year. Tonight I happened to stop for aperitivo in Piazza Strozzi, and on my table was a flyer for the "Open Air" theater. This summer's first film (only?) is Full Metal Jacket by Stanly Kubrick, and from what I can read, the star of the film, Matthew Modine, will be in attendance. I met Modine once at a Jerry Brown for president rally in Washington Square Park, circa 1985 I guess... (yes - 25 years ago!).

July 28th at 9:30 PM, in original sound (English) with Italian sub-titles.


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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Published on March 31, 2010 10:34 PM | Comments

The new movie "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" is playing Thursday night in English at the Cinema Odeon here in Florence (near Piazza Strozzi). Sounds like sort of a big deal - especially for kids. Don't know where I've been, I had never heard of it before!

Anyway, if you are in town for Easter and have children this might be an option for you :)


English Language Movie schedule for January and February

Published on January 18, 2010 10:32 PM | Comments

The Cinema Odeon off Piazza Strozzi shows movies in English (they call it "original sound") 3 nights a week. The schedule for January and February is posted on their site.


River To River Indian Film Festival 2009

Published on December 1, 2009 9:19 PM | Comments

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River To River 2009, the festival of Indian film in Florence, starts on December 4th. Visit their website for complete information on one of Florence's most popular annual events.


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