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“Monica, amore nostro” at the Brava Theater Center SF – May 20th

Monica, Our Beloved

at the Brava Theater Center

May 20, 2022 | 6:00 PM & 8:15 PM

Event co-presented by the Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco and BAMPFA
Under the auspices of the Italian Consulare General of San Francisco

An evening of film to commemorate the recent passing of beloved legend of Italian cinema, Monica Vitti, showcasing her comic and dramatic talents in Mario Monicelli’s La ragazza con la pistola (The Girl with a Pistol) and Michelangelo Antonioni’s La notte (The Night). Introduced by renowned Italian film critic and writer Enrico Magrelli.



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Friday, May 20, 2022

6:00-8:00 PM
La ragazza con la pistola (The Girl with a Pistol)

Italy, 1968, 1h 43m
With Monica Vitti, Stanley Baker, Carlo Giuffré, Corin Redgrave
In Italian with English subtitles
Intro by Enrico Magrelli

A bold young Sicilian woman catches the eye of a local doctor when she travels to England in search of a former lover.

8:15-10:30 PM
La notte (The Night) 

Italy, 1961, 2h 2m
With Monica Vitti, Marcello Mastroianni, Jeanne Moreau, Maria Pia Luzi
In Italian with English subtitles
Intro by Enrico Magrelli

A husband and wife in 1960s Milan confront their alienation from each other and the Milanese social circles in which they travel in Michelangelo Antonioni’s exploration of love and isolation.




Monica Vitti was an Italian actress best known for her starring roles in films directed by Michelangelo Antonioni during the early 1960s. After working with Antonioni, Vitti changed focus and began making comedies, working with director Mario Monicelli on many films. She has appeared opposite Marcello Mastroianni, Richard Harris, Terence Stamp, Michael Caine and Dirk Bogarde. Vitti won five David di Donatello Awards for Best Actress. She acted in amateur productions as a teenager, then trained as an actor at Rome’s National Academy of Dramatic Arts (graduating in 1953) and at Pittman’s College, where she played a teen in a charity performance of Dario Niccodemi’s La nemica. She toured Germany with an Italian acting troupe and her first stage appearance in Rome was for a production of Niccolò Machiavelli’s Mandragola.

She first worked for Antonioni dubbing Dorian Gray in II Grido. Thereafter, she was the girlfriend drawn into replacing the vanished Lea Massari in L’avventura (The Adventure); the brittle society girl who sees the impossibility of loving Mastroianni in La notte (The Night); and the demented wife in Deserto rosso (The Red Desert). These and others of her films have achieved a lasting place of importance in the history of cinema.



Enrico Magrellis is an Italian film critic, radio and television author. In 1994, he was one of the original authors and hosts of the Radiotre program Hollywood Party. He is the artistic director of the Tuscia Film Fest (Viterbo) and of the Italian Film Festival (Berlin), as well as director of the digital magazine He has been a member of various committees of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage. For over twenty years he has collaborated with the Venice Film Festival (consultant, curator of sections and retrospectives, director of Critics’ Week). He has written or edited books dedicated to various authors: from Altman to Oshima, Polanski to Moretti, Fassbinder to Verdone, and Servillo to Castellitto.