Bread, Love, and Cinema: Italian History Through Film and Food - Virtual Class

Join Dr. Antonio Iannotta in this journey through some of the most iconic and important Italian films that center food culture as a reflection of their time in Italian history.

December 8, 2020


Excellence in film and food have always been associated with Italy and Italian culture. From post WWII (Bicycle Thieves, An American in Rome) to present day (Big Night, Facing Windows) Italian film culture has been inextricably connected with Italian food. What is it about pasta, pizza, bread, wine, and sumptuous desserts that are so very Italian? This cultural adventure examines how food is the key to Italian’s own histories and sense of culture; tying families together and becoming an integral part of their identity. Join Dr. Antonio Iannotta in this journey through some of the most iconic and important Italian films that center food culture as a reflection of their time in Italian history. Buon Appetito!

Thank you to our first 100 registrants! Your free pizza redemption code from Tutta Bella and ordering instructions will be emailed to you on December 9. 

Zoom meeting details will be emailed to ticket purchasers shortly before the scheduled event.



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Tuesday, December 8, 2020
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Presented via Zoom Webinar
$25 Sustainer | $15 Regular | $10 Reduced / SIFF Member
Registration fees offered at a sliding scale; proceeds support both the instructor and SIFF Education programming.

Registrants are not expected to have seen the variety of films in advance of the class. If registrants desire to view any of these films expected to be included in the presentation, the titles and link to variety of streaming options is below.

  • Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette) | 1948, dir. Vittorio De Sica
  • Poverty and Nobility (Miseria e nobiltà) | 1954, dir. Mario Mattoli
  • An American in Rome (Un americano a Roma) | 1954, dir. Steno
  • The Gold of Naples (L’oro di Napoli) | 1954, dir. Vittorio De Sica
  • Rocco and His Brothers (Rocco e i suoi fratelli) | 1960, dir. Luchino Visconti
  • The Big Feast (La grande abbuffata) | 1973, dir. Marco Ferreri
  • We All Loved Each Other So Much (C’eravamo tanto amati) | 1974, dir. Ettore Scola
  • Big Night | 1996, dir. Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci
  • Facing Windows (La finestra di fronte) | 2003, dir. Ferzan Özpetek

Tutta Bella

As a thank you for attending this mouth-watering class, Tutta Bella is generously offering a FREE 13” Neapolitan Pizza to the first 100 class registrants. Redeemable starting the day after class — Wednesday, December 9 — this offer is valid for any pizza on Tutta Bella’s menu and available for delivery or carryout from any of their six Greater Seattle locations. Viva la cucina Italiana and mille grazie to our partners at Tutta Bella! 

If you just can’t wait, nothing should stop you from ordering carryout or delivery from Tutta Bella’s extensive Neapolitan cuisine menu to support your culinary exploration on the night of the class.

Redemption code and ordering instructions will be sent to class participants on December 9 via email and is limited to the first 100 class registrants. 

Dr. Antonio Iannotta is a film curator and a professor of Italian Studies at University of San Diego. He has published essays and articles on film, TV series, comics, literature and media theory, as well as the volumes "Lo sguardo sottratto. Samuel Beckett e I media" (2006) and "Il cinema audiotattile. Suono e immagine nell'esperienza filmica" (2017). He was Editorial Director for Comicon Edizioni where he edited comics and essays on authors and major Italian publishing houses and beyond. He is the Artistic Director of the San Diego Italian Film Festival.