Ever wonder where sexy Sophia Loren’s coy flirtations came from, or where timeless heartthrob Marcello Mastroianni picked up his charming one-liners? Well, chances are they were the work of Suso Cecchi d’Amico. The lovely lady behind the scenes of postwar Italian cinema wrote more than 100 scripts for directors such as Luchino Visconti and Michelangelo Antonioni, among others. The six-day showcase Scrivere Il Cinema: The Films of Suso Cecchi d’Amico highlights some of her most influential work. Today kicks off with Visconti’s White Nights (at 2), in which d’Amico exercises her literary chops with a surreal and quirky adaptation of the equally surreal and quirky story by Dostoyevsky about a shy man (Mastroianni) who falls for a mysterious young woman. Later today, see Violent Summer (at 4:15), her love story set against the ravages of war and fascism, or Sandra (at 6:30), a modern Electra retelling that further exhibits her complementary relationship with Visconti.

Nov. 26-Dec. 1, 2010