Celebrating Alice Rohrwacher’s first Oscar nomination with a special episode on Le pupille (The Pupils)! Set at Christmastime during World War II, an all-girls school run by nuns is shaken by the prospect of a beautiful cake – an extravagant, tempting indulgence before them in an era of rationing and sacrifice. In addition to a few distinct formal elements, unique from Rohrwacher’s other works, this film explores religion (a favorite theme of the director’s) and a humorous, poignant take on vision (including the formidable presence of Santa Lucia).
Plus, some news updates on the Berlinale Film Festival, the upcoming Pasolini 101 box set, and reviews on The Eight Mountains (2022) and Malarazza (2017).
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This episode features the following music excerpts:
- Le pupille musical score by Cleaning Women
- “Ba-Ba-Baciami Piccina” by Alberto Rabagliati