By Adrian Gomez
Take two classic Italian films. Add some traditional Italian food. And it's a party. This is what Maria Berry has been working on for months. The result is "Firing Up Italian Classics on Route 66." The two-day event takes place beginning Saturday, Sept. 17. Berry, managing director of the Italian Film & Culture Festival, wanted to have an event in between festivals to thank its supporters and gain some new ones.
"There are several reasons to host this event," she says. "People have asked us to include one or two classic films in the major film festival annually. It just hasn't happened. We've done contemporary films, and that's kind of the wave across the country. It's more difficult to show the classic films, but we've been able to do it." Screenings of "Umberto D" and "I Soliti Ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street)" will take place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18, respectively, at the Guild Cinema.