The Menil Collection and Rice Cinema co-present an outdoor screening of Roberto Rossellini’s neorealist war drama, Paisan (1946, 126 minutes). Made in the aftermath of WWII and with an intermingled cast of actors and nonprofessionals, the film explores the struggles of different cultures to communicate, and of people to live their everyday lives in extreme circumstances.
The event is organized in conjunction with the closing weekend of the Menil Drawing Institute’s exhibition, Silent Revolutions: Italian Drawing from the Twentieth Century, on view through April 11.
A subsequent screening of rare archival footage of Roberto Rossellini speaking at Rice Media Center will be presented at Rice Cinema on Saturday, April 10, at 7 p.m. Rossellini was invited to Houston by John and Dominique de Menil in 1970 to help develop the film program at Rice. Excerpts presented are courtesy of the Menil Archives. RSVPs will be required for attendance at Rice Cinema on April 10, with limited seating available. For further information and to RSVP please visit cinema.rice.edu.