May Movies in English

During the last half of May the Odeon Cinema (piazza Strozzi) offers films filled with action, fantasy and science fiction with the latest Alien movie and the continuing saga of Pirates of the Caribbean. As part of the yearlong celebration of the British Institute’s 100-year anniversary in Florence, two British films are on the bill—Orson Welles The Third Man and It Was 50 Years Ago Today: The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s and Beyond, another Beatles documentary with an unwieldy title. All films are in English with Italian subtitles.

Thursday, May 18, Saturday, May 20 & Sunday, May 21 (4, 6:30 & 9 pm); Monday, May 22 & Tuesday, May 23 (5:30 pm): ALIEN: COVENANT.

A sci fi and horror extravaganza, Ridley Scott directs this sequel to Alien: Prometheus, Starring Michael Fassbender, Noomi Repace, Katherine Waterstone and James Franco the viewer will surely be perched on the edge of their seat throughout the film. A ship bound for a remote planet with 2000 colonists and 1000 thousand embryos on board encounters a series of disasters and dangerous situations as space monsters and other creatures of nightmares assault their endeavor.

Wednesday, May 24; Friday, May 26, Saturday, May 27 & Sunday, May 28 (3:45, 6:30 & 9:15 pm) & Thursday, May 25 (5:30 pm): PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, DEAD MAN TELL NO TALES.

The fifth in the Disney series of swashbuckling adventure features Johnny Depp as the ill-fortuned Capt. Jack Sparrow.   Sparrow encounters deadly ghost sailors recently escaped from the Devil’s Triangle. Led by his archenemy Capt. Salazar (Javier Bardem) they aim to kill all pirates—in particular Jack Sparrow. His only hope of survival lies in finding the Trident of Poseidon through an uneasy alliance with two dubious characters.

Monday, May 22 (9 pm): THE THIRD MAN 

Considered by many critics to be the greatest British film ever, this Orson Welles classic, with script written by Graham Greene was filmed in 1949.  Set between World War II and the beginning of the Cold War, the viewer encounters a shadowy and underground vision of Vienna. A penniless pulp novelist travels to Vienna as the guest of an old friend only to discover the friend dead upon his arrival and he finds himself investigating the circumstances of the death.

Tuesday, May 30 (5:30 & 9:45 pm) Wednesday, May 31 (9:45 pm):  IT WAS 50 YEARS AGO TODAY: THE BEATLES, SGT. PEPPER AND BEYOND

This documentary film commemorates the upcoming 50th anniversary in June of the release of the album that transformed the Beatles from mop-headed pop singers into psychedelic rock stars. The viewer takes a trip down memory lane with interviews of those close to the Fab Four and coverage of the suicide of Brian Epstein, their first manager.  (rita kungel)