|March 29, 2006 ||FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE |
Isabella Rossellini visits Eastman House May 1
Actress pays tribute to her father, Roberto Rossellini, to
celebrate his centennial
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — George Eastman House welcomes acclaimed
actress Isabella Rossellini at 7 p.m. Monday, May 1, as she pays tribute to her
father – legendary director Roberto Rossellini – in honor of the centennial of
his birth. She will introduce a short film tribute and talk with the audience.
The evening will conclude with a screening of Stromboli, the once scandalous
film that was the first collaboration between Isabella Rossellini's parents,
Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman. Tickets go on sale Saturday, April 1, and
are $15 general admission/$10 members and students.
Isabella Rossellini's visit to Eastman House takes place one week before her
father's 100th birthday. She will present the Rochester premiere of a new short
film, My Dad is 100 Years Old (Guy Maddin, Canada 2005, 16 min.). Made in
collaboration with celebrated filmmaker Guy Maddin, Isabella Rossellini wrote
this playful and personal short tribute to the cinematic legacy of her father,
in which she provides the voice of her father and plays all other roles
including David O. Selznick, Federico Fellini, Charlie Chaplin, and her mother.
The feature screening that evening, Stromboli (Roberto Rossellini, Italy 1949,
81 min.), is one of four Rossellini/Bergman collaborations. In Stromboli,
Bergman plays Karin, a Baltic refugee who despairs after she marries an Italian
fisherman and is relocated to a bleak island with a threatening, active volcano.
A friend of George Eastman House, Isabella Rossellini is the 1997 George
Eastman Award honoree as well as a former Eastman House trustee and tireless
supporter of the cause of film preservation.
This year marks the centennial of a number of significant personalities in
cinema history who were born in 1906 – John Huston, Janet Gaynor, Billy Wilder,
Louise Brooks, and Luchino Visconti. In May the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman
House has chosen to celebrate the centennial of Roberto Rossellini (1906–1977)
with a film series titled Rossellini is 100. Roberto Rossellini is perhaps the
most important name in Italian neorealism. Roberto Rossellini changed the way
movies were made with the employment of non-professional actors, real locations,
and realistic, often bleak, storylines about working-class people. Straddling
the line between documenting and dramatizing historic events, neorealism changed
the face of filmmaking.
When Rossellini met Bergman after she sent him a passionate fan letter, their
subsequent affair and marriage caused a significant international scandal. The
moral uproar over their romance prompted an unofficial boycott of the quartet of
features the director and actress collaborated on between 1949 and 1953. In the
midst this madness, Rossellini completed The Machine That Kills Bad People, a
social and religious satire that has often been cited as one of Rossellini's
very best. While many have speculated that his relationship with Bergman ruined
his career, Rossellini made a significant number of acclaimed features for
European television in the 1960s, including The Rise of Louis XIV, screening at
the Dryden on May 25.
Rossellini Is 100 Film Series:
7 p.m. Monday, May 1
Isabella Rossellini presents MY DAD IS 100
YEARS OLD (Guy Maddin, Canada 2005, 16 min.) and STROMBOLI (STROMBOLI, TERRA DI
DIO, Roberto Rossellini, Italy 1949, 81 min. Tickets are $15 general admission
and $10 members and students. Advance tickets are available at the Dryden box
office, the Museum's admissions desk, or by credit card online at
www.eastmanhouse.org or by calling (585) 271-3361 ext. 218.
8 p.m. Thursday, May 11
CITY (ROMA, CITTÀ APERTA, Roberto
Rossellini, Italy 1945, 100 min., Italian and German with subtitles) In Rome
during the last days of the German occupation, the Nazis hunt for Giorgio, an
organizer of the resistance. Pina (the magnificent Anna Magnani), a widowed
young mother, hides Giorgio and seeks the aid of a priest to help him escape.
Rossellini's seminal neorealist film straddles the line between documenting and
dramatizing historic events and changed the face of filmmaking in Italy for
subsequent generations. Federico Fellini contributed to the screenplay. Tickets
at the door are $6 general admission; $5 students; and $4 members. For more
information visit eastmanhouse.org or call (585) 271-3361.
8 pm. Thursday, May 18
THE MACHINE THAT KILLS BAD PEOPLE (LA
MACCHINA AMMAZZACATTIVI, Roberto Rossellini, Italy 1952, 80 min., Italian with
subtitles) One of the oddest and rarely screened films in Rossellini's
filmography is also one of his finest achievements. A social and religious
satire set in a provincial village, the story tells of an unusual demon who
gives a photographer the power to kill the town's greediest and most
self-serving citizens with a click of his camera lens. Soon, the impatient and
contemptuous photographer begins to destroy everyone in town for the least
infractions. Tickets at the door are $6 general admission; $5 students; and $4
members. For more information visit eastmanhouse.org or call (585) 271-3361.
8 p.m. Thursday, May 25
THE RISE OF LOUIS XIV (LA PRISE DE
POUVOIR PAR LOUIS XIV, Roberto Rossellini, France 1966, 100 min., French with
subtitles) In 1661, after Cardinal Mazarin dies, the young Louis vies for
control of France with Fouquet, the embezzling superintendent who aspires to the
role of prime minister. Made for French television, Rossellini's final
masterwork reflects on the transience of power and the tension between worldly
pleasures and the inevitability of decay. Tickets at the door are $6 general
admission; $5 students; and $4 members. For more information visit
eastmanhouse.org or call (585) 271-3361.
Attention Media: For additional information or high-resolution images, please fill out this form to obtain the address of the Press Room's FTP site.