Programs for 2018-2019
All programs are offered free of charge by the Dorothea van Dyke McLane Association to anyone in the community with an interest in Italian culture.
Doors open at 4:45 pm. Seating is limited. Due to fire regulations, when seating capacity has been reached we regret that we may have to turn people away from that evening’s program.
Programs are followed by informal get-togethers where one can chat with old and new friends, and taste dishes and offerings brought by participants.
There is no reception after a movie, however a few people usually get together at a local restaurant or coffee shop. All movies are in Italian with English subtitles.
In case of cancellation of a program due to inclement
weather or unexpected reasons, please check this Web site or call Dorothea's
House for information.
for a pdf of the printed program, which includes an Italian
and here for a pdf printable on letter size paper.
Sunday, October 7, 5:00 pm
It's never too late - Adult literacy and Educational Television in 1960s Italy:
Program has been cancelled, substituted with the film "La bellezza del somaro"
Directed by Sergio Castellitto, 2010, 96 minutes.
Successful architect Marcello (Sergio Castellitto) has just about everything one could desire: a fine career; a beautiful wife, Marina (Laura Morante), who herself is a successful professional; good friends and a marvelous home in the country. Then one weekend, his daughter comes home with a new boyfriend in tow... Working once again with his wife, the hugely popular novelist Margaret Mazzantini, Castellitto offers a wry updating of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, exploring what may be one of our last social taboos in a dissection of Italy’s liberal elite that’s as amusing as it is perceptive.
In Italian with English Subtitles - 1 Hour and 47 minutes
Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 3 PM Cinema
the place 2017
Directed by Paolo Genovesi
Director Genovese has created another gripping, minimalist moral thriller, like Perfetti Sconosciuti (Perfect Strangers) shown at Dorothea's House in 2017.
"the place" is the name of a diner where a nameless, enigmatic man (Valerio Mastandrea) sits at a corner table, receiving visitor after visitor. They tell him of their profoundest wishes and desires, and he assures them they can have exactly what they want . . . but there will be a price. The extreme deeds they must perform will lead them to question who they are and to what lengths they will go. This film premiered at the New Italian Cinema 2018 film festival in New York
Running time about 101 minutes
in Italian with English subtitles, released in Italy in 2017
Sunday, November. 4, 5:00 pm
Maria Taglioni and the Transformation of Ballet:
The embodiment of romanticism in ballet, 19th century Italian ballerina Maria Taglioni is forever associated with La Sylphide. Princeton University Professor Simon Morrison will describe her training, her elevation to the status of prima ballerina in Paris and elsewhere, her major roles, and the liberation she represented, and still represents, for aspiring ballerinas. The lecture will include images and video clips.
Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 3 PM - Cinema
In guerra per amore (At War For Love) 2016
Directed by Pier Francesco Diliberto
This film from the writer-director-star Pierfrancesco Diliberto, better known as the popular entertainer/TV personality"PIF" offers a little something for everyone: broad slapstick, swooning romance, childlike wonder, a Mob drama, dueling Mussolini-vs.-Madonna statues, and the unforgettable sight of a man singlehandedly saving the day by flying into Sicily on a donkey. It's also a throwback to the sort of raucous comedies that Italy used to export in bulk - a whimsical, ironic story of a charming dolt, a beautiful girl, and love, Italian style. The year is 1943; the Allies are preparing to invade Southern Italy and loosen Mussolini's fascist hold on the country. Meanwhile, a bumbling waiter named Arturo (Pif) is in love with Flora (Miriam Leone). She will be married off to a Mafia chieftain's son unless Arturo can ask her father for her hand...but Dad lives in Sicily. So, our hapless hero joins the Army to find him, only to be recruited on a mission involving a soldier who is carrying sensitive information in the region. Thus, begins a wild romp, complete with cameos from FDR, Lucky Luciano, and a host of other historical figures.
Running time about 99 minutes
Directed by PIF
In Italian with English Subtitles
Released in Italy in 2016
Sunday, December 2, 5:00 pm
Christmas with Bagpipes: Join us for a musical journey in Southern Italy with one of the most fascinating instruments of the Italian musical culture, the Zampogna, or bagpipes. Antonello DiMatteo and Charlie Rutan, members of the Zampognari di Filadelphia, will give a lecture on this traditional Italian instrument, performing music to accompany the historical references.
Sunday, January 6, 5:00 pm
Polenta Festa: It's that time of year again when Dorothea's House flings open its doors to the polenta-loving public. In the past, visitors have shared numerous variations of the humble cornmeal dish, from polenta with lentils to polenta with sausage. Bring your contribution piping hot, since oven space is limited.
Sunday January 27, 2019 at 3 PM - Cinema
La stoffa dei sogni (The Stuff Of Dreams) 2016
Directed by Gianfranco Cabiddu
Sunday, February 10, 5:00 pm (The second Sunday of the month instead of the first. )
Florence in Italian Cinema: Florence has served as a starring character in countless films, from horror to period dramas. The city has become an iconic symbol of Italy itself across the world. Francesco Pascuzzi, who teaches at Rutgers University, will discuss some of the foremost cinematic portrayals of Florence in Italian and foreign film.
Sunday, March 3, 5:00 pm
Palcoscenico Fragile - Italy Upends the World Stage: Italian politics may be colorful at home, but since 1945 Italy has taken pains not to ruffle feathers abroad. That's changing. International affairs analyst Jeffrey Laurenti will be our guide to current governmental shifts and where Italy stands on the world stage.
Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 3 PM
Lasciati andare (Let Yourself Go) 2017
Directed by Francesco Amato
Sunday, April 7, 5:00 pm
Only in Naples: The story of an American author's journey to the heart of Neapolitan life. Through courtship, culture clashes, and most of all the preparation and consumption of food with her mother-in-law, Katherine Wilson learns to embrace the Neapolitan approach to life. Goethe said "See Naples and then die." Katherine Wilson saw Naples and started to live.
Sunday, May 5, 6:00 pm (please note change of time)
Mozzarella and Burrata Making: Learn how these specialty Italian cheeses are made in a demonstration and hands-on class at Dorothea's House. Olsson's Fine Foods in Princeton will show how curds are transformed into milky mozzarella, and how luscious burrata is created with a thin skin of mozzarella stuffed with a creamy filling. Be prepared to get messy.
Past Programs at
PDF Versions of past programs:
Feb. - Dreyden Ensemble performs Italian baroque music on period
April - Anne Leader talks about the Orange Cloister at the Badia
May - A Pirandellian evening with students from Princeton University
Feb. - Fundraiser with restaurateur and cookbook
author Lidia Bastianich
here for Princeton Packet article
April - Evening of poetry from Loretta Casalaina
and Maria Fama
May - Wine tasting from Tony Prospero of Prospero
Winery in Pleasantville, N.Y.
Feb. - Chemist Felix Buccellato lectures on Italian
citrus oils used in perfume
May - Metropolitan Opera conductor Gildo DiNunzio
on backstage musical effects
Oct. - Bloomfield mandolin orchestra presents
Italian music and sing-along
Philadelphia folk dance group "Ballerini e Voci
Tony Prospero of Prospero Winery
April - Metropolitan Opera prompter Jane Klaviter
on secrets below the stage
May - Local artists display paintings, sculpture
Dec. - Folkdance group from Philadelphia "Ballerini
e Voci d'Italia"
March - Concert by flutist Claire Durand Racamato
and pianist Marianne Lauffer
May - Photographer Holly Smith Pedlosky captures
intimacies in Venice
Nov. - Lecture on paper making in Fabriano by Raffaele
April - Italian author Gina Lagorio recounts her
experiences as a writer
Nov. - 15th Century Florence lecture by art historian
Dec. - A portrait of Verdi's Violetta by Metropolitan
Opera conductor Joseph Colaneri
April - Mozzarella making demonstration
Nov. - Maria LoBiondo upholds tradition of Italian
Dec. - Lecture on Leonardo Sciascia by Strathclyde
University's Professor Joseph Farrell
Jan. - Sister Margherita Marchione introduces her
book "Yours is a Precious Witness"
April - Facts and fiction about olives and olive
oil by Clo Treves and Milena Troiano
Nov. - Lecture on Trevi Fountain history by Professor
Feb. - A Dante evening with Professor Robert Hollander
April - Robert Browning in Italy - lecture by Lillian
Oct. - Inspired by Italy watercolors by Marge Chavooshian
Chris Tamasi giving a cooking demonstration in 1994
March - Italian general consul and lawyer from Stark
& Stark on legal issues
Oct. - Lecture on Italians in New Jersey by Professor
Nov. - Lecture on Italians in Princeton by Robert
Immordino and Ciro Poppiti
Feb. - Venice during Carnevale lecture and slides
by Carla Olsen
March - Giuseppe Verdi comes to Dorothea's House
by way of Eduardo Mangella
Nov. - Gardens of Villa Lante slide show and lecture
by architect Kevin Wilkes
Jan. - Lecture by Professor Pietro Frassica on letters
to Pirandello by Marta Abba
Feb. - Boheme Opera Company's Sandra Pucciatti on
insider's guide to opera
Nov. - Italian baroque music by Westminster choir
group and Nancy Perella
Jan. - Architect Michael Mostoller lectures on Palladio
April - Traditional pig roast
May - Professor Lucy Nardella talks about Siena's
Feb. - Operatic performance by singers of the Boheme
March - An armchair tour of the Dolomite region
Oct. - DeFranco family and Calabrian folk music
Jan. - Lecture on the Etruscans by Professor Maria
April - Slide show and talk on Molise and Pettoranello
by Antonio Pirone
May - Italian folkdancing with the Montclair Folk
Oct. - Dorothea's House 75th Anniversary Celebration
March - Renaissance Rome lecture by Professor Laurie
Nov. - Lecture on operas of Mascagni by Alan Mallach
Jan. - Lecture on Sicily by Professor Pietro Frassica
and Dr. Frank Campo
Feb. - Carnevale celebration
Oct. - Italian Fashion show and historical lecture
by Rene Battaglia
Jan. - Architect Fred Travisano gives lecture on
Italian hill town architecture
May - Concert by cellist Gino Treves and string
Oct. - Villa Banfi wine-tasting; Bob Freda demonstrates
Oct. - Wine tasting program
Nov. - Italian movie "Tre Fratelli"
Dec. - Prosciutto making demonstration by Dominic