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Celluloid and Paper / Crime Novel

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Celluloid and Paper
Screening series


The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago presents a series of screenings dedicated to the theme of film adaptations, inspired by Italian books, between classics and new publications, available at our library. The initiative takes place in conjunction with the upcoming reopening of the Institute’s library, recently renewed with the introduction of hundreds of new titles and thematic sections.


Crime Novel
Directed by Michele Placido
2005, 130′, Italian with English Subtitles
In-person screening

A criminal known as The Lebanese has a dream: to conquer the underworld of Rome. To carry out this feat without precedent he puts together a ruthless and highly organized gang. Their progress and changes in leadership (The Lebanese is followed by his cohorts Freddo and Dandy) take place over twenty-five years, from the 1970’s into the ‘90’s, and are inseparably intertwined with the dark history of modern Italy: terrorism, kidnappings and corruption at the highest levels of government. Throughout these years Police Lieutenant Scialoia sticks to the gang’s trail, trying both to bring them to justice and to win the heart of Dandy’s girlfriend Patrizia.

Adaptation from the novel “Romanzo Criminale” (Crime Novel) by Giancarlo De Cataldo.

Borrowing and consultation at the library of the Institute is free of charge, with a deposit. Members of the Italian Cultural Institute have access to two free ebooks per month, downloadable from Media Library Online, and the right to check out books from the library without deposit.

Free and open to the public.  Doors open at 5:30pm CT.

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  • Organized by: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago