In the 1950s on the Jersey shore, two Italian immigrant brothers, Primo (Tony Shalhoub) and Segundo (Stanley Tucci) have opened a restaurant called Paradise and it’s not doing so well. That’s where the story of the award-winning 1996 film Big Night begins.
This comic drama is being shown on Tuesday, December 4th at noon at the Michael Klahr Center on the UMA campus as part of UMA’s food films series.
Big Night was directed by Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci, who won the New York Film Critics Best Direction award for their work. The film was nominated for the grand prize awards at the Sundance film Festival and the Deauville Film Festival. The blockbuster cast includes Isabella Rossellini, Minnie Driver, Liev Schreiber, Allison Janney, Marc Anthony, and Ian Holm. The film running time is 107 minutes, and is rated R for language.
The showing of Big Night is part of a year-long series of films focusing on issues of food. The program is presented through a partnership between the UMA Colloquium Committee, Katz Library, and the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine. It was inspired by UMA’s Academic Theme for the year, Food.
Future films are being planned for the spring semester and will begin in February.
Admission to Big Night is free, and open to the public. Those attending are encouraged to bring their lunch, or to stop at UMA’s Moose Tracks Café for the daily Grab and Go special. Snacks and drinks will be provided and donations are gratefully accepted.
For more information on HHRC programs visit hhrc.maine.edu