CALUMET -- This Friday's (Oct. 14) Club Indigo at the Calumet Theatre features a 1951 Italian classic from the Neo-realist period in the country's filmmaking career.
Miracle in Milan, made by Vittorio de Sica, tells the story of the poor people living in "bumsvilles" outside the major cities. The focus is on one of them, a teen-age boy, Toto, who has been raised by a little old lady to love people and to always think of them as good. In the community of shacks he helps build a society that operates on his theory about good people, and all works well as long as his long dead lady sneaks down to earth with a white dove that brings wishes to life for Toto and his friends. Everything is fine until oil is discovered underneath their little village. That's when a crisis intervenes into their normally peaceful lives; and, just when all seems lost for them, a totally unique miracle occurs.
This feel-good movie won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film festival in 1952, and went on to win award after award globally after that. It has been compared to Nights of Cabiria for its essentially positive tone.
The movie begins at 7:15 p.m., preceded at 6 p.m. by a classic Italian buffet from the chefs at Carmelita's. Cost for both food and film, $18. Film alone, $5. Children get a discount for both.
Call the theatre for a seating at the buffet before Thursday evening: 337-2610.