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The UCLA Film & Television Archive is presenting a film series titled Roberto Rossellini: A Retrospective, which will begin tonight (Feb. 16th) and run on various nights through Feb. 28th.

Rossellini (1906-77) is a crucial figure in film history, helping re-orient cinema after World War II towards a greater freedom and simplicity. Rossellini's films are hard to come by and seldom shown on the big screen. The Hammer Museum Billy Wilder Theater will showcase all the theatrical features except for the first two and the last one, and a good selection of the TV work as well.

Actress-model Isabella Rossellini will be on hand to talk about her father on Feb. 28. That evening the program consists of a short film titked The Chicken, which features her mother (Ingrid Bergman) and 1949's Stromboli, the first film that Bergman and Rossellini made together. That was the movie that caused the actress to be banished from Hollywood for several years because of their affair and out-of-wedlock pregnancy.

Isabella Rossellini will also appear Feb. 26 at UCLA's James Bridges Theater for a program honoring her mother and "Ingrid" the new biography about the Oscar-winning actress by Charlotte Chandler.

Get time listings and general info here

This is a trippy Short film titled My Dad Is 100 Years Old by Guy Maddin and Isabella Rossellini. This tribute to Roberto Rossellini imagines him as a talking belly, and features Fellini and Hitchcock all arguing their ideas of cinema is or should be...just watch...

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