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Plainfield UNICO Sponsors Film Series

The Plainfields’ Chapter of UNICO will be sponsoring a monthly series of Italian and Italian American films to be shown at the South Plainfield Library, 2484 Plainfield Avenue.

The first movie, “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” featuring Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren (1963), will be shown not yesterday, nor tomorrow, but today, Thursday, January 17 at 6:30 pm. All films are free to the public and popcorn will be served. Films are scheduled for the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm. Films that are in Italian will have sub-titles.

“We encourage all to join us for a viewing of classic Italian and Italian American movies,” said Plainfields’ UNICO President Bob Bengivenga. “Many of these films are award-winning and feature some of the greatest directors, producers, actors and actresses of all-time.”

Santi Buscemi, First Vice President of Plainfields’ UNICO, came up with the concept of the series with Bob Bengivenga, who is also a trustee at the South Plainfield Library. “We look forward to a discussion with those attending and viewing these thought-provoking period film pieces,” said Santi Buscemi. “We also encourage anyone wishing to learn more about Italian culture or UNICO to come to the library and meet us.”

The additional films for the first half of the year are: February – It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), directed by Frank Capra, starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed; March – Cinema Paradiso (1988), directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, starring Philippe Noiret, Enzo Carnavale and Giuseppe Tornatore; April – Il Gattopardo (The Leopard, 1963), directed by Luchino Visconti, starring Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon; May – 8 ½ (1963), directed by Frederico Fellini, starring Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée and Claudia Cardinale and June – Life Is Beautiful (1997), directed by Roberto Benigni, starring Roberto Benigni, Giorgio Cantorini and Nicoletta Broschi.