Comments from Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca commented about Johnston Theatre on Nov 29, 2004 at 6:56 pm

In its Cinema Italia phase, when the theatre was leased and programmed by Mr. Rolando Petrella of the local Italian-language radio programs, many popular Italian films of wide appeal to the Italian-speaking audience were shown, generally without subtitles. The Italian comic Totò was a standard favorite and would always draw larger audiences. In March of 1967 a film of his, the 1954 “Miseria e nobilità” (co-starring a young Sophia Loren) played here alongside the non-Totò “Il conte di Matera.” The general American film-going audience never really knew Totò except from art-house fare like Monicelli’s “Big Deal on Madonna Street” and Pasolini’s “The Hawks and the Sparrows.” In recent years, however, there have been Totò retrospectives and tributes at places like the Museum of Modern Art and the Walter Reade Theatre in New York.

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Gerald A. DeLuca commented about Bomes Theatre on Nov 29, 2004 at 6:36 pm

When Joseph Strick’s film “James Joyce’s Ulysses” played here in March of 1967, the unheard-of admission price (for that time) was $5.50! That was about two to three times what normal admission prices were in the area.

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Gerald A. DeLuca commented about York Theatre on Nov 28, 2004 at 10:20 pm

I visited this theatre only once, to see a specially-touted revival of David Lean’s “Great Expectations” in July of 1964. Was this at the start of the new art/revival policy?

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Gerald A. DeLuca commented about Cumberland Cinemas on Nov 28, 2004 at 8:34 pm

This was still the Jerry Lewis Cinema when I saw “Gimme Shelter” here in November of 1971.

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Gerald A. DeLuca commented about Bijou Cinema on Nov 24, 2004 at 9:48 pm

The Bijou Cinema has closed as of Saturday, November 20, 2004. For the reasons see their website Among the last films shown, appropriately, was a revival of “The Last Picture Show.” No admission was charged.

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Gerald A. DeLuca commented about Climax Theater on Nov 23, 2004 at 2:04 pm

What a name! Sounds like it could have easily made the transition to a porn house. Er, sorry.

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Gerald A. DeLuca commented about Janus Cinema on Nov 22, 2004 at 9:37 pm

This should also be listed under the alternate name “Galeria Cinema” since that is what it opened as…“Galeria” with one l.

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Gerald A. DeLuca commented about Fairfax Cinemas on Nov 22, 2004 at 3:20 pm

I saw a pile of films here in the spring 1981, a year when the theatre was one of several used for FILMEX.

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Gerald A. DeLuca commented about Cinema Sala Trevi - Alberto Sordi on Nov 21, 2004 at 11:47 pm

Boxoffice Bill, Thanks…
I know Ginzburg’s play “Ti ho sposato…” from the book and from the film version. I have De Filippo’s 1942 film version of “Non ti pago!” with the whole De Filippo family…utterly hilarious. When I first saw it at MoMA in New York, the audience was in stitches. Do you know the Teatro Rossini…near the Pantheon? I remember seeing a Roman dialect play, “L'avaro” there in 2000. I did an entry on this website on the Azzurro Scipioni, an idiosyncratic but indispensable cinema. It’s practically in the Pope’s backyard. He should go there. Perhaps you should add your comments there as well.

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Gerald A. DeLuca commented about Bow-Tie Criterion Cinemas on Nov 21, 2004 at 6:08 pm

I went to two films at this spiffy brand-new cinema yesterday and I must say it is a very comfortable and pleasant place to visit, and New Haven is lucky to have it. We hope the place complements the programming at the York Square without putting the older place out of business.

This kind of venue, that is, a multi-screen state-of-the-art art-house, has been promised for years to those of us who live in Providence but has not materialized. The two films I saw were both somewhat off-beat but have a great deal to recommend them: “Undertow” and “Callas Forever.” Judging by the line at the evening show, “Sideways” seemed to be attracting so many patrons that you couldn’t get in sideways.

Sound, projection, seat-comfort are all terrific, and there was no obnoxious slide-show before the movie! My only beef: if they insist on playing music before each show, why does it have to be so ear-splittingly loud? Some patrons may like to have quiet conversations or just simply prefer not to have their ears assaulted in such aggressive fashion while waiting for the movie to start.

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Gerald A. DeLuca commented about Cinema Sala Trevi - Alberto Sordi on Nov 21, 2004 at 1:21 pm

Yes, back toward the fountain, with the baroque-façade church of Santi Vincenzo e Anastasio on your left walk toward the rear of the Quirinale, not toward the via Tritone. Maps list the street as being Via San Vincenzo. If you were to continue walking, you would end up at via IV Novembre. The Vicolo del Puttarello address comes from the newspaper listing in Il Messagero and their website and according to this online article on Trevi district streets, it seems to be a tiny street that runs off Via San Vincenzo.
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Gerald A. DeLuca commented about Cinema Sala Trevi - Alberto Sordi on Nov 21, 2004 at 3:39 am

As stated in my description above, it is located a few steps from the Fountain of Trevi. Walking away from the Fountain of Trevi, look at the church on the left. The Sala Trevi entrance in on the street just to the right of the church, beyond the Dunkin' Donuts!

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Gerald A. DeLuca commented about Darlton Theatre on Nov 19, 2004 at 2:21 pm

I truly enjoyed going to this theatre from the time I was in high school in the late 1950s until the years before it was closed in the 1970s. The first film I ever saw here, I believe, was Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments.” If memory does not fail, the film “A Man for all Seasons” had its R.I. area premiere here in 1966, unusual for a suburban movie house known for playing second-run programs after they had shown in Providence.

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Gerald A. DeLuca commented about Coventry Cinema on Nov 19, 2004 at 2:13 pm

The Jerry Lewis cinemas, wherever they were built (as single screeners), seemed to be totally identical in size and configuration to each other but were fairly pleasant and comfortable. At this one, still called the Jerry Lewis Cinema, Coventry, I noted seeing “Wild Rovers,” “The Graduate,” and “Blue Water, White Death” in July-August, 1972.

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Gerald A. DeLuca commented about Richelieu Cinema on Nov 18, 2004 at 8:15 pm

I believe I visited this cinema only once, on July 22, 1978, to see Barbara Stanwyk in “Sorry, Wrong Number.” The place reminded me of the film programs at Theatre 80 St. Marks in Manhattan, which I believe also employed rear-projection.

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Gerald A. DeLuca commented about Quad Cinema on Nov 18, 2004 at 7:55 pm

It seems that whenever I am in New York there is ALWAYS something of interest playing at the Quad to appeal to the serious (jaded?) film buff. When I brought a small group of high-school students to the city in April of 2000 for Broadway shows and the opera, I also took them here on one free night to see the beautiful Iranian film “The Color of Paradise,” about the travails of a blind boy. They all came out teary-eyed. The place is horribly cramped but utterly essential.

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Gerald A. DeLuca commented about Abbey Cinema on Nov 18, 2004 at 7:44 pm

One memorable bit of programming at this theatre in 1981, after it became the first Nickelodeon, was Hans-Jürgen Syberberg’s “Our Hitler,” which had a running time of over seven hours! (The film posits that Hitler was the answer to the Germans' most profound dreams.) It was shown in two parts, with a long dinner break between the parts. It started out as a Sunday matinée. My two friends and I then had dinner at the Dolphin Restaurant in Cambridge and afterwards returned for the evening portion.

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Gerald A. DeLuca commented about Allston Cinemas on Nov 18, 2004 at 7:21 pm

I only went here two or three times over the years. I have a note that I saw Lina Wertmüller’s “Love and Anarchy” at the Allston in August of 1974.

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Gerald A. DeLuca commented about Loews Cheri on Nov 18, 2004 at 2:00 pm

When in Boston in the 1960s and 1970s I used to go to the Cheri frequently, less so after that. I lived in Providence, where films generally used to open much later than in Boston. Sometimes, with friends or alone, I would make the rounds of movie theatres, from the West End to the Exeter Street, the Paris to the Brattle. One strong memory I have from April of 1970 was taking a small group of high school seniors, students of Italian, to see “Fellini Satyricon” at the Cheri 3. Given the subject matter of the film and the fact that this was a Catholic school I taught in, I could have been fired.

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Gerald A. DeLuca commented about Paramount Theatre on Nov 17, 2004 at 6:04 pm

Isn’t there any movie theatre buff out there, familiar with Newport, who remembers anything about this place?

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Gerald A. DeLuca commented about Charles Cinema on Nov 17, 2004 at 4:25 pm

I saw a good number of films at the Charles including the opening attraction,“You’re A Big Boy Now!” of Francis Ford Coppola. I remember the terrific sound for Scorsese’s “The Last Waltz” in the main auditorium. I also especially enjoyed the revival of Kubrick’s “Spartacus” in a restored version in May of 1991. It was a great spacious auditorium with top-notch projection, making every movie you watched there seem even better.

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Gerald A. DeLuca commented about South Station Cinema on Nov 16, 2004 at 2:32 pm

The South Station Cinema was a twin cinema that showed gay porno films from about 1972-1983, located, I believe on Atlantic Avenue and carved, I am certain, out of an existing building. According to articles on the web, one John Mitzel, associated with various Boston gay bookstores at different times, ran the South Station. Boston-based art-house programmer George Mansour was responsible for some of the selections. A specially arranged premiere showing of John Waters' “Pink Flamingos” took place here. According to some commentators it was a disaster and there was more action in the toilets than there was on the screen. Other movies known to have been shown here are “Red Ball Express” and the 1972 steamer “The Other Side of Joey”…a long-lost adolescent seduction film with a weighty score taken from the Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 6. The theatre seems to have had a legendary status as a renegade gay movie house in its day and was, as such, a Boston gay Mecca.

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Gerald A. DeLuca commented about Dante Theatre on Nov 16, 2004 at 1:33 pm

Given the name, could the theatre possibly have been used for Italian-language ethnic film programs?

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Gerald A. DeLuca commented about Central Square Cinemas on Nov 16, 2004 at 1:31 pm

As stated in the description, Philippe de Broca’s KING OF HEARTS played here for at least four years as a cult attraction in the 1970s. Late in the run, perhaps to expand interest, it was paired on the same bill with de Broca’s GIVE HER THE MOON. As a prank one evening, some folks re-arranged the words of the titles on the marquee to create a funny message. Does anybody remember that and what the message was? I’ve forgotten and didn’t save the newspaper piece that included a photograph.

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Gerald A. DeLuca commented about Belmont Theatre on Nov 15, 2004 at 12:55 am

Warren, re: “would never attend a dubbed movie even if it was the only version available.”

That would prevent you from seeing some movies at all…particularly Italian ones which have routinely used international casts where many of the performers don’t speak Italian and are dubbed by other professsional dubbers.

Example: Fellini’s “La Strada.” See the Italian version and you get an Italian-dubbed Anthony Quinn and Richard Basehart. See the English version and you get an English-dubbed Giulietta Masina. In the recently re-issued “The Leopard,” you get an Italian-dubbed Burt Lancaster as with the French-speaking Alain Delon. See the English version and you get Lancaster’s voice while the Italian performers are dubbed in English. Claudia Cardinale dubs her own voice in both versions, but her lip movements reveal she is filmed speaking English with Lancaster, French with Delon, Italian with Paolo Stoppa.

Does that mean one who hates dubbing should not see these two masterpieces at all, since there is no thing as an “original language” version? Certainly, though, for these two films Italian is the “authentic” version. All this doesn’t even take into account the Italian films where Italian-speaking actors are dubbed by other Italian speakers who the directors believe have more appropriate-sounding voices.

Incidentally, both Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni began their cinematic careers having their lines dubbed by other actors. It wasn’t until they became well known that they were afforded the privilege of having their own voices heard by the public.