The annual Italian film project at Montclair State University will be held again this April, with a three-part celebration of the actor Antonio De Curtis, affectionately known around the world as Totò. While acknowledging Totò's legacy as a comedic genius, the Montclair State University spring celebration also brings to light other important accomplishments of this multi-faceted artist.
On Monday, April 15th, at 7:30pm in Brantl Hall in Dickson Hall, Dr. Patrick Rumble of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will give a multimedia presentation entitled "Totò, Pasolini, and Comedy, Italian-Style" that will feature the unique collaboration between Totò and the director.
The exhibit Excerpts of a Genius: Antonio De Curtis - Totò, curated by Laura Caparrotti with the collaboration of the De Curtis family, will be housed at the Hamilton House Museum at 951 Valley Rd., in Clifton. The opening of the exhibit will take place on Monday, April 22nd, from 7:30-10:00pm. Additional dates and times are as follows: 12-4:00 on April 23rd, 24th, 25th; 7-10:00pm on April 29th, and 12-4:00pm on April 30th, May 1st and 2nd. The museum and Alexus Steakhouse will provide free parking. The museum's phone number is (973) 744-5707.
A musical concert and poetry reading by Enrico Granafei, world musician and owner of Trumpets, the most important jazz venue in the state, and Laura Caparrotti, international actress and director of Kairos Italy Theater, will take place on Thursday, April 25th at 7:30pm in Brantl Hall in Dickson Hall.
All events are free and open to the general public. This series has been made possible by funding from the Department of Spanish and Italian, the Dean's Office of the College of the Humanities and Social Sciences, and UNICO National. For more information, visit www.chss.montclair.edu/~delprinciped/italianfilmfestival/toto.html or call (973) 655-7950.