Niagara Falls History Museum
5810 Ferry Street, Niagara Falls Ontario Canada, L2G 1S9

A travelling exhibit commemorating the experiences of Italian-Canadians who were interned in Canada during the Second World War.

The exhibit, Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Times: Italian Canadian Experiences During World War II, presents through video, audio and text, a rich collection of interviews conducted with families of those who were interned and other members of the community that were affected by the internment.

Exhibition Opens on May 10, 2013 and runs until August 30, 2013


Also check out our Italian Film Series – IL  CINEMA  ITALIANO

Sunday afternoons, 1:30 p.m.  programmed and introduced by film critic Joan Nicks.

Four films – from the post-war NeoRealists, to Italy’s modern stylists:

FREE with museum admission

Screened in the original Italian language with English subtitles.


May 26, 1:30 p.m.

ROME, OPEN CITY roma, citta aperta  

(Roberto Rossellini  1945)  (100 mins., Italian with English subtitles)

Rated PG

Shot in the war-torn streets of Rome, a gripping story of resistance against the German occupation that reinvented Italian cinema.

Starring Anna Magnani, the greatest Italian actress of her time.

Cannes Film Festival, grand prize,.


June 30, 1:30 p.m.

UMBERTO D  (Vittorio De Sica  1955) 

(89 minutes, Italian with English subtitles)

Rated PG

An old man and a young servant girl fend for themselves in an Italian society still bearing the post-war scars of poverty and state repression.

Of note, a retired professor plays the role of the old man.

New York Critics Prize, best film; Cannes nomination, grand prize.


July 28, 1:30 p.m.

Love and Anarchy/Film D’amore e D’anarchia (Lina Wertmüller  1973)  (120 minutes, Italian with English subtitles)

Rated R

In Wertmuller’s colourful satire on Italy’s fascist period, a sad-sack farmer and an anarchist prostitute take on the politics of love and life.

Great performances by Giancarlo Giannini and Mariangela Melato.   

Cannes Award, best actor; Cannes nomination, best film.


 August 25, 1:30 p.m.

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL / la vita è bella  (Roberto Benigni  1997) 

(118 minutes, Italian with English subtitles)

Rated PG

If a film set in a concentration camp can be both tragic and comedic, then Benigni, as director, co-writer and star, belongs to the pantheon of great Italian filmmakers still reinventing Italy’s cinema culture.

Oscars for best actor, best foreign language film, best score. 


Free with Museum Admission FREE
Adult $5.00
Ages 6-19 $4.00
Under 6 FREE

Prices are subject to change without notice.


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