Culture Connect Featured Event

Ticket Price: $6-$11

Critic’s Choice

Co-presented by JCC Greenwich

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and co-sponsored by The Italian Cultural Institute of New York


Pre-film reception hosted by Lorca Coffee Shop in Stamford featuring Lorca's signature churros and chocolate


Post-film Q&A with 
Alexander Stille, Journalism Professor, Columbia University

Tuesday, October 23
Reception at 6:30 p.m.
Film at 7:30 p.m.

Carte Blanche: FREE | Members & AFG: $6 | Students/Seniors: $8 | Nonmembers: $11

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis

ABOUT THE FILM: Winner of an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, this Italian classic centers on the wealthy, sophisticated Finzi-Contini family in the 1930s. Oblivious to the fascism burgeoning around them, their adult children, Micòl and Alberto, entertain lavishly at their walled villa. Giorgio, a fellow Jew, falls for Micòl. Though he fails to burst her garden reverie, the forces of politics close in.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Professor Stille graduated with a B.A. from Yale University and earned an M.S. at Columbia. He has worked as a contributor to The New York Times, La Repubblica, The New Yorker magazine, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, Correspondent, U.S. News & World Report, The Boston Globe, and The Toronto Globe and Mail. He is the author of "Benevolence and Betrayal: Five Italian Jewish Families Under Fascism" (1991); "Excellent Cadavers: The Mafia and the Death of the First Italian Republic" (1995); "The Future of the Past" (2002); and "The Sack of Rome: How a Beautiful European Country with a Fabled History and a Storied Culture Was Taken Over by a Man Named Silvio Berlusconi" (2006). Stille is the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award for best work of history (1992), Premio Acqui (1992), San Francisco Chronicle Critics Choice Award (1995), and the Alicia Patterson Foundation award for journalism (1996).

Stille will try to give the audience the historical context of the film, the condition of Italian Jews during fascism and World War II and the real drama of the Jews of Ferrara where the film is set.