The Gulf Coast Italian Culture Society, Inc. (GCICS) is a not-for-profit, tax exempt, IRS recognized Sec.501.(c).(3) organization, whose membership consists of individuals from all walks of life, irrespective of ethnic origin or socio-economic standing, who enjoy the experience of Italian culture, and are interested in its preservation and dissemination.

Our Italian Club, centered in Sarasota, on the Gulf of Mexico, has world renowned white sand beaches, professional and amateur theatre, opera, symphony and ballet companies, a variety of international sports along with numerous restaurants catering to any taste.

USF Professor Scott Perry presented another memorable Italian film classic at a January 31 "Film Matinee" held at the main room of the  Community Foundation of Sarasota county

    Following last year's successful screening of 'Ossessione" this time Dr. Perry chose "A Special Day (Una giornata particolare)," a 1977 production starring Sofia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni playing characters that are far apart from their usual glamorous roles.  In a nutshell, the film covers the daytime hours of two neighbors in a middle-class apartment building during the 1938 day when Benito Mussolini received Adolf Hitler in Rome.  The picture received, among others, a Golden Globe and two Hollywood Academy Award nominations.

    It was, most attendees agreed, a moving yet rewarding experience that gently yet without compromise explored topics that remain current.

    A lively Q-and-A followed the screening with Dr. Perry ending the session promising to return with another Italian classic later this year.


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