(1963) Directed by Vittorio De Sica. Alberto Sordi, Gianna Maria Canale, Elena Nicolai. (85 min.) DCP.
Giovanni is living La Dolce Vita in Rome, and now he’s in debt up to his eyeballs. Reveling in the midcentury high style driving its hero to the poorhouse, Il Boom is a sharp satire of postwar strivers from Vittorio De Sica, an icon of neorealism.
“Real people caught in a surreal world, reacting in recognizable ways to a society rapidly spinning out of control” (Village Voice).
We start December with a mesmerizing animated film by a Dutch director, part of our new ArtHouse series, and a movie pick inspired by the exhibition Inspiring Beauty, starring Diana Ross. January begins a classic comedy film festival curated by Laura Boyes, and John Munson presents two more notable ArtHouse films.