Saturday September 25th and Sunday September 26th, 10:00 am, Cinema Centrale Arthouse

The long march

On Saturday September 25th and Sunday September 26th, 10:00 am at Cinema Centrale Arthouse, you have a double date with Cinema History with the screening of two timeless masterpieces that offer different glimpses of social, work and economic realities that are still extremely topical. Both movies will be presented by Gaetano Renda.

On Saturday, September 25th, Rome 11:00 by Giuseppe De Santis. After the screening there will be a debate with the intervention of Marco Grossi (Giuseppe De Santis Association) and Giulia Muggeo (University of Turin-DAMS). During the event, the book “Museologia del Cinema (Herald Editore, 2020)” by Marco Grossi will be presented in the presence of Domenico De Gaetano, Director of the National Cinema Museum. Moderated by Gaetano Renda.

On Sunday September 26th, The Grapes of Wrath by John Ford. After the screening there will be a debate with Gaetano Renda and Matteo Pollone (University of Turin-DAMS).

Access mode: admission for both events is available free of charge, subject to availability upon reservation by writing to the email:

ROME 11:00 (Roma ore 11, Italy/France, 1952, 105′)

Director: Giuseppe De Santis
Screenplay: Cesare Zavattini, Basilio Franchina, Giuseppe De Santis, Rodolfo Sonego, Gianni Puccini
Photography: Otello Martelli
Editing: Gabriele Varriale
Music: Mario Nascimbene
Cast: Lucia Bosè (Simona), Carla Del Poggio (Luciana Renzoni), Maria Grazia Francia (Cornelia), Lea Padovani (Caterina), Delia Scala (Angelina), Elena Varzi (Adriana), Raf Vallone (Carlo), Massimo Girotti (Nando)
Producer: Paul Graetz
Production: Titanus, Transcontinental Films

Rome, 1951. Two hundred young women show up to apply for the typist position offered in a newspaper job ad. They huddle on the building?s stairs, they chat, confront each other and argue until the railing collapses, sparking panic and severely injuring a few girls. Based on a news story, a great choral movie written by several hands: a lucid reflection on women?s work through the lens of Italian media in the Fifties.

Giuseppe De Santis (1917-1997) was an Italian director, screenwriter, movie critic and teacher, a leading exponent of Neorealism. He studied literature, philosophy and cinema during the 1930s then he started working as a movie critic during the early years of World War II. He was an assistant to filmmakers such as Luchino Visconti and Roberto Rossellini before directing masterpieces such as Tragic Hunt and Bitter Rice. Through his movies, he chronicled and commented on Italy?s difficult postwar reality.

Filmography: La gatta (No English Version, 1942, sm), Giorni di gloria (No English Version, 1945, doc), Tragic Hunt (1947), Bitter Rice (1949), No Peace Under the Olive Tree (1950), Rome 11:00 (1952), A Husband for Anna (1953), Days of Love (1954), The Wolves (1956), A Road a Year Long (1958), La garçonnière (1960), Attack and Retreat (1964), Italiani brava gente (1965), Un apprezzato professionista di sicuro avvenire (No English Version, 1972).


Director: John Ford
Screenplay: Nunnally Johnson, based on the novel by John Steinbeck
Photography: Gregg Toland
Editing: Robert L. Simpson
Music: Alfred Newman
Cast: Henry Fonda (Tom Joad), Jane Darwell (Ma Joad), John Carradine (Jim Casy), Charley Grapewin (Grandpa Joad), Dorris Bowdon (Rosasharn Rivers), Russell Simpson (Pa Joad), O.Z. Whitehead (Al Joad), John Qualen (Muley Bates), Eddie Quillan (Connie Rivers), Zeffie Tilbury (Grandma Joad), Frank Sully (Noah Joad), Frank Darien (Uncle John Joad), Darryl Hickman (Winfield Joad), Shirley Mills (Ruthie Joad), Roger Imhof (Thomas)
Producer: Nunnally Johnson, Darryl F. Zanuck
Production: 20th Century Fox

The Great Depression runs rampant in 1930s America. After their farm survives drought only to be seized by the bank, the Joad Family – led by the son Tom, who has been just released from prison – loads up a truck and heads west in search of a better life. Along the way, while plagued by difficulties, the Joads will meet dozens of other families going on the same journey and clinging to the same dream. Once in California, however, they quickly realize that the promised land is not quite the one they were hoping for.

John Ford (1894 -1973) was one of the most important and influential movie directors of his generation. A true master of the Western genre, he directed – during his over fifty years of career – more than 140 movies, many of which date back to the silent period and sadly have been lost. Ford?s work has been universally acknowledged as seminal for the art of Cinema, with countless directors declaring the influence of his work on their own. Orson Welles considered him «the greatest director ever».

Partial filmography: The Informer (1935), Stagecoach (1939), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), They Were Expendable (1945), My Darling Clementine (1946), Fort Apache (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), Rio Grande (1950), The Quiet Man (1952), The Searchers (1956), Two Rode Together (1961), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), 7 Women (1966).