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CLASSIC TOUCH One of De Sica's films
CLASSIC TOUCH One of De Sica's films

Sathyam Cinemas will screen films of celebrated Italian filmmaker Vittoria De Sica

Sathyam Cinemas in association with Tamil Nadu Thiraipada Iyakkam, National Film Archive, Pune, and the Federation of Film Society of India, Southern Region, will screen films, cutting across genres and languages, and highlighting landmark techniques and innovative styles. The seventh series of films as part of celebrating 110 years of world cinema will feature films of Vittoria De Sica, the master filmmaker of Italian cinema. Two films will be screened today and on January 29 at Sathyam at 10 a.m. "The Bicycle Thief" (1948), which will be screened today is a 90-minute film and is the story of Antonio Ricci. Unemployed for over two years, he is overjoyed when he finally gets a job of putting up posters. There's a catch, though, he needs a bicycle to do the work. So he pawns the family linen to get a pawned bicycle. He goes off to work, truly happy for the first time in many days and the title of the film gives away what happens next."Umberto D" (1952) is also a 90-minute film that will be screened on January 29. The film tells the tale of Umberto Domenico Ferrari, an elderly and retired civil servant, who is desperately trying to maintain a decent standard of living on a rapidly dwindling state pension. But he's up against his tyrannical landlady, who keeps demanding rent that he can't pay (while renting his room out to prostitutes during the day), and his only friends are the pregnant housemaid and his little dog Flag.Complimentary passes will be available at all Sathyam Cinemas ticket counters. For further details, call 28512425 or 28528391.

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