See a sneak-preview of Italian comedy The Salt of Life this Tuesday at 7 p.m., the next in the Talk Cinema series.
See a sneak-preview of Italian comedy The Salt of Life this Tuesday at 7 p.m., the next in the Talk Cinema series.

Talk Cinema Returns with Underdog Italian Comedy The Salt of Life

Talk Cinema - the sneak-peek film series at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts - returns this Tuesday at 7 p.m. with (spoiler alert!) quirky Italian comedy The Salt of Life

Started by renowned film critic Harlan Jacobson, the Talk Cinema series screens award-winning indie and foreign films before their theatrical release.

Expert guest speakers -- including Jacobson, who moderated this past January's screening of Declaration of War, and Arizona Republic critic Bill Goodykoontz, who moderated the November screening of Melancholia -introduce each film and lead a discussion with audience members after the credits

That means guests are treated not just to a sneak-preview of one of the year's great films, but also to a real-life Rotten Tomatoes forum mixed with the opinions of critics, scholars, and everyday film fans.


Past years' screenings have included such

critical darlings

as

An Education, Casino Jack

, and the documentary

Page One: A Year in the Life of The New York Times

The films are kept hush-hush until the screening, though for those of you who can't wait, the website posts a link to a preview of the upcoming film (behind a big warning) a couple weeks before the date.

Co-director, writer, and star Gianni Di Gregorio (far left) gives viewers a candid, often hilarious look behind the stereotypes and the scandals of modern Italian masculinity.
Co-director, writer, and star Gianni Di Gregorio (far left) gives viewers a candid, often hilarious look behind the stereotypes and the scandals of modern Italian masculinity.

​Co-writer and director Gianni Di Gregorio stars in The Salt of Life as Gianni, a 60-year-old retiree with saggy under-eyes coming to terms with his revised status among women - and reviving the dream of living up to classic Italian masculinity (the swagger, the dames!). Stumbling through his aging journey with self-deprecating humor, Gianni is the sort of underdog you can't help but root for. Chrix Hazletine moderates this screening Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m.

The remaining screenings in the 2011-12 Talk Cinema series will take place on March 20, April 17, and May 8. Tickets are $19 each, $10 for students with a valid ID. Click here to learn about discount ticket packages.

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