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Men of the Cloth (2013), 96 min., directed by Vicki Vasilopoulos
John D. Calandra Italian American Institute 25 W. 43rd Street, 17th floor New York, NY 10036

Starting in the mid-twentieth century, with the advent of ready-to-wear clothing and the industrialization of the tailoring trade, many Italian master tailors had to abandon their beloved craft. Men of the Cloth is a film about three master tailors navigating their challenging roles in the twenty-first century. Nino Corvato owns a busy shop in midtown Manhattan. In Ardmore, Pennsylvania, Joe Centofani trains a young apprentice. And in Penne (Pescara province), Checchino Fonticoli is a consultant at the Brioni clothing factory, where the tailoring tradition is modernized. Through a richness of detail — the whir of the sewing machine, the sharp slicing sound of scissors, intricate scenes of the construction of a suit — Men of the Cloth unravels the complexity of the tailors’ artistry and their devotion to their craft. Post-screening discussion with the director led by Joseph Sciorra, Calandra Institute.

   
Date: May 15, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Fees: Free
Phone: 212-642-2094
Fax: 212-642-2030
Email: rosangela.briscese@qc.cuny.edu
URL: http://qc.edu/calandra

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