NOVEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER No. 154

BOLLETTINO Numero 154

Hello everyone

Ciao a tutti

CHRISTMAS MEAL – IMPORTANT CHANGE OF VENUE AND DATE NOW 9TH DECEMBER

You may recall that we had booked the Don Claudio restaurant in Southsea for our Christmas meal. However, we recently discovered that this venue was closed for refurbishment. Therefore, we decided to look elsewhere to avoid possible disappointment. We visited the O Sole Mio restaurant at Port Solent to discuss the possibility of holding the event there. The manager was very welcoming and helpful, the restaurant is staffed entirely by Italians and the ambience is Italianate. We have provisionally booked 30 places but the venue is large enough to accommodate more if you have friends or family you would like to join you.

£10 p.p. deposit  required by 23 November. Bookings or queries to solentangloitalian@gmail.com

TALK ON 16TH NOVEMBER

This month’s talk is the second in the series which commemorates the bicentenary of a significant event: in this case the partial emancipation of women in the U.K. Our speaker Sarah Quail will document the efforts of women in Portsmouth in the
struggle to achieve their right. This is the subject of Sarah’s latest book. See Notice Board for details.

MUCH PRAISED ITALIAN FILM AT NO6 CINEMA

Dogman showing on Thursday 22nd of November won the best actor award at this year’s Cannes Festival and the film has been described as the best Italian film for a decade by one critic. Dogman was directed by Matteo Garrone who wrote and directed Gomorrah a neorealist depiction of the activities of the Camorra in the suburbs of Naples which won the Best Picture award at Cannes in 2008. Details and booking at https://www.no6cinema.co.uk/films/dogman

 

PICTURE OF THE MONTH

 
 

Saint Helena’s vision of the True Cross by Veronese is derived from a more
harmoniously composed painting by Raphael. Saint Helena, mother of the Emperor
Constantine, is said to have received divine guidance in her quest to discover the
location of the True Cross on which Christ was crucified. The painting is housed at the
National Gallery.

 


There is a 4 minute video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PI9DjVjeV2A

SONG OF THE MONTH

Music is an integral and important part of Francis Coppola’s films as in the Godfather series, as in the marvellous opening scenes at Connie’s wedding in Godfather 1, where her mother is cajoled into singing Luna Mezz’o Mare. Playing Carmela (Mama) Corleone is Morgana King who died this year aged 88. Although Morgana (born Maria Grazia Morgana Messina) appeared in the first and the second Godfathers she never spoke, but Coppola used her Sicilian descent to advise him on the authenticity of some of the scenes. Copyright prevents us from showing a film clip: so here is Morgana, a renowned jazz artist, singing Harold Arland’s Here’s That Rainy Day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTOxqDTkijo

UNIQUE HAND MADE CARDS FOR CHRISTMAS

Printmaker and SAIS member Myrtle Clark Bremer currently has hand made cards on sale in a Southampton Gallery. She will bring a selection to the meeting on 16 th November. Each one is a unique artwork and would make a special small present in its own right. Myrtle has offered to donate a percentage of the sales to SAIS funds.

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