Italian-American Experience Lecture Series: Assunta Spina (1915) Film Screening

The Italian-American Experience Lecture Series presents Look Again: Old and New Films in Italian Studies in fall 2019. The first lecture in the series will be a screening of Assunta Spina (1915) and will feature a live musical score performed by John T. La Barbera, guitar, and Susan Aquila, violin.  Assunta Spina (1915) is a silent black and white film classic from Naples, based on the play by Salvatore DiGiacomo, starring the queen and diva of the Italian silent cinema, Francesca Bertini. The operatic tale of love and sacrifice in working class, turn-of-the-century Naples is considered to be one of the first films of Italian neorealism. Bertini’s performance set a new standard for Italian cinema. The new musical film score created by La Barbera creates an intimate atmosphere by keeping an accompaniment of emotions found in the melodic themes of the characters in a leitmotif style that highlights the melodramatic and picturesque style of the film. 

Presented in collaboration with Hofstra University Professor Rodney Hill’s History of Film class.


The Italian-American Experience Lecture Series is presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center and supported, in part, by the Association of Italian American Educators.

 Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or visit

This event is free, but advance registration is required. Please RSVP using the RSVP for this Event link.



Tuesday, September 24, 2019





Cultural Center Theater - Leo A. Guthart
Guthart Cultural Center Theater
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549


Hofstra Cultural Center

Phone: 516-463-5669
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