The Cleveland Cinematheque will play three classic Italian films in April

Saturday, April 15, at 5:00 pm
Three with Mussolini
Italy/France, 1959, Roberto Rossellini
During the German occupation of Milan in WWII, a petty Italian thief and con man (Vittorio De Sica) is arrested by the Gestapo and forced to spy for them in prison—impersonating a general in order to root out anti-fascist resistance fighters there. Winner of the Golden Lion (top prize) at the 1959 Venice Film Festival and one of Rossellini’s best films. Subtitles. Blu-ray. 140 min.

Thursday, April 20, at 8:30 pm &
Saturday, April 22, at 7:10 pm

Three with Mussolini
Film Classics in 35mm!

Italy/UK, 1999, Franco Zeffirelli
Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, Cher, and Lily Tomlin star in Franco Zeffirelli’s semi-autobiographical film about a group of eccentric British and American friends in 1930s Italy who help raise an illegitimate, motherless local boy. Given Zeffirelli’s considerable gifts for lavish, picturesque visuals, the cast’s scenery-chewing divas have their work cut out for them! In English with Japanese subtitles (only available print). 35mm. 117 min. Special admission $11; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.

Sunday, April 30, at 6:30 pm
Three with Mussolini

Italy/Canada, 1977, Ettore Scola
On the day in 1938 that Hitler visits Mussolini in Italy, two lonely Romans—a housewife/mother in an unhappy marriage (Sophia Loren) and an anti-fascist journalist recently fired and awaiting deportation (Marcello Mastroianni)—meet and hang out while everyone else is at the big parade and rally. Loren and Mastroianni are far from glamorous in this touching, well-acted film that, 40 years ago, garnered many nominations and awards. Subtitles. Blu-ray. 107 min.

The Cinematheque is located inside The Cleveland Institute of Art at 11610 Euclid Ave. There is free parking via E. 117th St in Lot 73 directly behind the theatre. For more information call 216.421.7450 or log onto