Private Film Clubs

Italian/Spanish/French movies and conversation in English

Have us host an event for your private film club: The movies are in Italian/Spanish/French with English subtitles. We have been teaching these two gems for years and we enjoy sharing our enthusiasm and expertise about them. Like many of you, we love Europe. Our shared interest and these masterpieces of cinema make for good conversation. Please join us, and bring a glass of vino rosso o vino bianco to the class if you’d like!

What/When/How Much?

All film club meetings are personalized for your group and organization. We can deliver the experience over Zoom or in person (only available in Manhattan and Asbury Park, NJ)

Examples of (Italian) movies we’ve hosted

“Il Sorpasso” by Dino Risi, 1962.

This relatively unknown jewel is considered the masterpiece of the “commedia all’italiana” genre, loosely defined as satirical comedy. It’s a funny and touching story of two Roman men on a spontaneous road trip.

“The Great Beauty” by Paolo Sorrentino, 2013.

This winner of an Academy Award is a portrait of lavish Roman lifestyle, and one man’s journey through it. I have seen it many times and each viewing reveals something new to me.

How the talks work

After you register, we send you the detailed viewing information for the movies and the Zoom link for our two talks. The movies are available on sites like Amazon Prime or iTunes for $4 rental. We also send you two articles to read before our talk. They address the director, actors, setting, relevant Italian history, etc. Please watch the movies and read the articles before our class.

On the night of the event, with a glass of vino in hand if you wish, we all chat together for a few minutes before starting the presentation. Our presentation covers important points about the film, and Rome’s role in it. We then watch a couple of short clips together and we conclude with my opinion on why this film represents European beauty and excellence. The final 20 minutes are dedicated to questions and comments from participants.