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Film Specials


The ICCC Film Specials are films selected for special screenings and events throughout the year. Most films are projected in Italian with English subtitles.
Snacks and beverages included.

Italian American Cinema & Literature Film Series

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Doors open at 6:30pm and film begins at 7:00pm
All the films are in their original English format. Based on the works by Pietro di Donato and John Fante.

Suggested donation at the door: $10 Members/Students and $15 Non-members
Reserve your seat today – Eventbrite or call 713-524-4222 ext. 7

Cristo tra i muratori/Give Us This Day(Monday, October 30, 2017)
Novel by Donato. Directed by Edward Dmytryk, starring Sam Wanamaker, Lea Padovani, Kathleen Ryan, and Charles Goldner (1949 release, 116 minutes).

Plot:Geremio is an Italian bricklayer living with his family in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. He struggles with having enough money to live while courting a girl by mail.

Aspetta primavera, Bandini/Wait Until Spring, Bandini (Monday, November 6, 2017)
Novel by Fante. Directed by Dominique Deruddere, starring Joe Mantegna, Ornella Muti, and Faye Dunaway (1989 release, 100 minutes).

Plot:Young Arturo Bandini lives with his father Svevo, mother Maria and his brothers in Rocklin, Colorado. This film follows the families struggles in the winter of 1925.

Chiedi alla polvere/Ask the Dust (Monday, November 13, 2017)
Novel by Fante. Directed by Robert Towne, starring Colin Farrell, Salma Hayek, Donald Sutherland, and Idina Menzel (2006 release, 116 minutes).

Plot:Set in California during the Great Depression. Camilla is a fiery, beautiful Mexican waitress who wants to make something of herself in the world. Arturo Bandini is now a struggling writer who moves to Los Angeles to start his career. When the two meet, their lives become even more complicated.

Stay tuned for upcoming Film Specials!

Past Film Specials

7th Annual Festa di Ferragosto

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Celebrate the 7th Annual Festa di Ferragosto with us! Bring your friends and your favorite bottle of wine, and come gather with fellow film-goers for Italian pizza and soft drinks. We will be watching Che Vuoi Che Sia. The film will be in Italian with English subtitles.

Sunday, August 13, 2017
Doors open at 5:00pm and film begins at 5:30pm

This is a prepaid event. Previous registration is required:
$15 Members/Students and $20 Non-members
Reserve your seat today – Eventbrite or call 713-524-4222 ext. 7

Che Vuoi Che Sia:
Directed by Edoardo Leo, starring Fabrizio Coniglio, Maria Di Biase, and Anna Foglietta, (2016 release, 105 minutes).

Plot: A young man challenges the web to offer money for a sex tape of him and his girlfriend to finance his work and finally be able to afford having a child. Is it really wrong to sell our own intimacy to afford realizing our dreams?

Summer Italian Film Festival

Doors open at 6:30pm and film begins at 7:15pm

All the films are in Italian with English subtitles.
Suggested donation at the door: $5 Members/Students and $10 Non-members
Reserve your seat today – Eventbrite or call 713-524-4222 ext. 7

Sedotta e Abbandonata (Wednesday, June 28, 2017)
Directed by Pietro Germi, starring Stefania Sandrelli, Aldo Puglisi, Saro Urzí (1964 release, 115 minutes).

Plot: Plot: When Agnese (Stefania Sandrelli) has a brief affair with her sister’s fiancé, Peppino, it is only a matter of time before her traditional parents discover the truth. Her father, Sicilian miner Vincenzo (Saro Urzì), is furious when he finds out about the tryst. After berating his daughter and her lover, Vincenzo embarks on a farcical journey to protect his family’s reputation by convincing Peppino to marry Agnese instead of her sister Matilde — but there are more than a few complications.

The Organizer (Wednesday, July 12, 2017)
Directed by Mario Monicelli, starring Marcello Mastroianni, Renato Salvatori, Gabriella Giorgielli (1963 release, 128 minutes).

Plot: Professor Sinigaglia (Marcello Mastroianni) is the title character in this darkly comedic Italian drama about mistreated factory workers in the city of Turin. Toiling away in appalling conditions in a textile mill, these employees have no one to stand up for them until Sinigaglia puts his academic career on the line by helping them to start a strike. Although the teacher comes under scrutiny by unsympathetic authorities, he maintains his dedication to the workers’ cause.

Mafioso (Wednesday, July 19, 2017)
Directed by Alberto Lattuada, starring Alberto Sordi, Norma Bengell, Gabriella Conti (1962 release, 100 minutes).

Plot: Antonio Badalamenti, a Sicilian who has been settled for many years in Northern Italy and is employed in a car factory in Milan, takes a vacation with his family, leaving behind the modern conveniences of his home in northern Italy, to visit his ancestral home in Sicily and introduce his blond, northern-Italian wife, Marta, to his mother, father and other relatives back home.
While his wife suffers in the comparatively rustic conditions of her husband’s hometown and has trouble adapting to the culture of Sicily, Antonio becomes reacquainted with his childhood friends. He also pays a visit to the local don, Don Vincenzo, who is a crime boss. The don smooths over some problems Antonio had with a deal to buy some property on the island, and in return, Antonio is tasked with carrying out a hit for the mob. As an outsider with no strings attached and a crack shot, Antonio is seen as a perfect candidate.
While his wife is sleeping one night, Antonio leaves for what is purportedly a hunting trip with his friends. In reality, he is put inside a wooden crate and smuggled aboard an airplane into the United States, where he goes to Nwy York City to carry out his task. The job done, he is returned to Sicily in the same manner and arrives back at home as if from the hunting trip. Plagued by what he has done, he goes back to his efficient job at the car factory.

Pane, amore e fantasia (Wednesday, July 26, 2017)
Directed by Luigi Comencini, starring Vittorio De Sica, Gina Lollobrigida (1953 release, 90 minutes).

Plot:Vittorio De Sica plays the middle-aged marshal Antonio Carotenuto of the Carabinieri in a remote fictional Italian mountain village named Sagliena (actually the village of Castel San Pietro Romano, in Lazio). He’s anxious to marry, and selects young Maria De Ritis (Gina Lollobrigida) as his bride; but she is already in love with De Sica’s shy subordinate Pietro Stelluti (played by Roberto Risso). Mistaking her headstrong behavior as promiscuity, De Sica makes advances towards her, but she spurns him. Forsaking the girl to the arms of Risso, De Sica decides to settle for village midwife Annarella Mirziano (Marisa Merlini). Things become more complicated when Annarella, the midwife, starts demonstrating her love to Antonio. She is hiding a secret and the Marshal soon will be in a difficult situation.

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Italian Icons Special:
Sophia Loren + Marcello Mastroianni

Join us for this two-evening film special at the ICCC with two of the most iconic Italian actors of all time, Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. Loren and Mastroianni are the protagonists of the Italian Maestro Vittorio De Sica’s cinematic creations that we will screen as part of this film special. The special will start on April 26 with “Matrimonio all’italiana” and it will close on May 4 with “Ieri, oggi, domani.” Both films will be screened in Italian with English subtitles.

Wednesday, April 26 and Thursday, May 4, 2017
Doors open at 6:30 pm and film begins at 7:15 pm

Registration fee for each screening:
$10 Members/Students and $15 Non-members
Previous registration is not required, but is suggested.
Reserve your seat today – eventbrite or call 713-524-4222 ext. 7

Marriage Italian Style: April 26, 2017 at 7:15 pm
(Matrimonio all’italiana | 1964 release, 102 minutes)

Plot: Domenico, a successful businessman, with an eye for the girls, begins an affair with Filumena when she is 17 years old. She becomes a prostitute, but also becomes the mistress of Domenico. He eventually sets her up in an apartment, and she works for him in his various businesses. She secretly bears three children, who are raised by nannies. Domenico starts planning to marry a young employee. Filumena tricks him into marriage by pretending to be dying. Domenico annuls the marriage. Filumena then tells him of the three children. She says that one of the children belongs to Domenico, but will not say which one is his. You start to believe that all of the children could be his, and Domenico then marries Filumena again, this time willingly.

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: May 4, 2017 at 7:15 pm
(Ieri, oggi, domani | 1963 release, 119 minutes)

Plot: Stories about three very different women and the men they attract. Adelina sells black-market cigarettes in Naples, is married to the unemployed Carmine, and faces a jail sentence. She can avoid it as long as she’s pregnant. Several years and seven children later, Carmine is exhausted, so jail looks inescapable as does her contempt for Carmine. In Milan, Anna drives a Rolls, is bored, and picks up a writer. She talks dreamily of running off with him until he dents her car; that gets her emotional attention. Mara, a Roman call girl, turns the head of a naive seminarian, prompting a run-in with his granny and a vow of abstinence. Mara’s fizzy lover from Bologna grows impatient.

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Movie + Pizza Night – Festa dei Lavoratori

Celebrate with us the Festa dei Lavoratori – Italian Labor Day! Bring your friends and your favorite bottle of wine, and come gather with fellow film-goers for Italian pizza and soft drinks. The film will be in Italian with English subtitles.

Sunday, April 30, 2017
Doors open at 5:00 pm and film begins at 5:30 pm

Registration fee:
$15 Members/Students and $20 Non-members
Previous registration is required.
Reserve your seat today – eventbrite or call 713-524-4222 ext. 7

Quo vado
Directed by Gennaro Nunziante; starring Checco Zalone, Eleonora Giovanardi, Sonia Bergamasco (2016 release, 86 minutes)

Plot: Checco was born into a life of relative comfort and privilege among his peers in a small town in southern Italy. He is one of the lucky few to have a posto fisso, or guaranteed job as a public servant. When a new reformist government vows to cut down on bureaucracy, Checco is forced to accept ever-worsening public-sector postings in order to maintain his guaranteed pay, benefits, and lifetime employment. Mrs. Sironi is a representative of the new government who is tasked with downsizing the public sector by offering buyouts to targeted government employees in exchange for their resignation. She takes a special interest in Checco who eventually becomes the last resilient holdout, no matter what hellish place he is appointed to he finds rays of hope and won’t surrender his public employee status.



An Evening with the Screenwriter David Healy

Join us at the ICCC on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 7:15 pm for a lecture and screening of “Leaves of the Tree,” a film cowritten by Houston lawyer and ICCC member David Healy, who will be presenting the film that evening. As published by the Houston Chronicle, the film, shot in Houston and Castellammare del Golfo in Sicily, is what Healey calls “an intense passion project.”

From the film’s website: “The film originated from a web blog written by David Healey during a protracted illness as a way to keep his mind engaged. A lover of history and Sicily, Mr. Healey crafted the story from his own personal experience during the depth of his illness, his study of history, and his love of Sicily and his family. To his surprise, a following for the blog developed, and Mr. Healey then turned what he had written on the internet, and turned it into a novel: ‘Kindness for the Damned: A Novella of Intrigue, Love and Redemption in Sicily’.”

Monday, January 30, 2017
Doors open at 6:30 pm and film begins at 7:15 pm

$10 Members/Students and $15 Non-members
Previous registration is not required, but is suggested.

Leaves of the Tree
Directed by Ante Novakovic, and written by David Healy and Ante Novakovic; starring Eric Roberts, Sean Young and Armand Assante. (2015, 96 minutes).

Plot: A mystical tree, shrouded in religious lore, leads a once powerful lawyer sidelined by a life-threatening disease, to remote Sicily to discover the secret of the tree’s medicinal leaves. “The Tree” intersects faith, doubt and belief for all those that come into contact with its unique ability to heal.


Il Giorno della Memoria

On January 26th, the ICCC together with the Consulate General of Italy in Houston will present a lecture and a film as we remember the victims of the Holocaust. Each year on January 27th, the United Nations remembers the many people of Jewish origin affected by the Holocaust and this day is officially called the “International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.”

As we observe this day in history, a lecture and film will be screened, followed by a reception. We will watch Spike Lee’s “Miracle at St. Anna,” a 2008 production subject to controversy.

Thursday, January 26, 2017
Doors open at 6:30 pm and film begins at 7:00 pm

$10 Members/Students and $15 Non-members
Previous registration is not required, but is suggested.

Miracle at St. Anna:
Directed by Spike Lee; starring Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, Pierfrancesco Favino, Valentina Cervi (2008, 160 minutes).

Plot: Christmas, 1983. A New York postal clerk, a Buffalo Soldier in Italy in World War II, shoots a stranger. In his apartment, police find a valuable Italian marble head, missing since the war. Flashbacks tell the story of four Black soldiers who cross Tuscany’s Serchio River, dodging German and friendly fire. With a shell-shocked boy in tow, they reach the village of Colognora. Orders via radio tell them to capture a German soldier for questioning about a counteroffensive. In the village, a beautiful woman, partisans that include a traitor and a local legend, the boy, and the story of a recent massacre connect to the postal worker’s anguish forty years later.

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Tribute to Ettore Scola

Join us at the ICCC for a tribute to Ettore Scola! The Italian film director and screenwriter died at the age of 84 earlier this year. Scola was a leading figure in Italian cinema for more than three decades, and we would like to dedicate this evening to honor him and his work.

We will be watching Una giornata particolare (A Special Day), a 1977 Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated movie featuring Marcello Mastroianni as a persecuted radio journalist and Sophia Loren as a sentimental housewife, meeting against a backdrop of rising fascism in 1930s Italy.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Doors open at 6:30 pm and film begins at 7:15 pm

$10 Members/Students and $15 Non-members
Previous registration is not required, but is suggested.

Una giornata particolare (A Special Day):
Directed by Ettore Scola, starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni (1977, 106 minutes).

Plot: The film is set during the late 1930s: the occasion is the meeting between Mussolini and Hitler in Rome. Left alone in her tenement home when her fascist husband runs off to attend the historic event, Sophia Loren strikes up a friendship with her mysterious neighbor Mastroianni. As the day segues into night, Loren and Mastroianni develop a very special relationship that will radically alter both of their outlooks on life.


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The Return of Detective Montalbano
A Two Evening Series Special

Join us for the return of Detective Montalbano with Luca Zingaretti as Salvo Montalbano for two new episodes of il Commissario Montalbano at the ICCC! Italian actor Luca Zingaretti reprises his iconic role as Salvo Montalbano in these 27th and 28th episodes of the international blockbuster series set in the fictional Sicilian city of Vigata. As the honest and independent police chief with a penchant for fine food, Montalbano balances the demands of his northern Italian superiors and the realities of small-town crime. The work brings him and his deputies across the paths of unforgettable, uniquely Sicilian characters.

Tuesday, November 1 & Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Doors open at 6:30 pm and film begins at 7:15 pm

Suggested donation for each screening:
$5 Members/Students and $10 Non-members
Previous registration is not required, but is suggested.

A Delicate Matter (Una faccenda delicata) Episode 27 – Nov. 1, 2016 at 7:15 pm

Plot: Returning early from a vacation, Salvo ends up working on two very different cases: One concerns the murder of a well-loved 70-year-old woman who worked as a prostitute, and the other is an accusation of molestation at a school. Directed by Alberto Sironi, 2015.

The Pyramid of Mud (La piramide di fango) Episode 28- Nov. 8, 2016 at 7:15 pm

Plot: Investigating the murder of an accountant and the attempted murder of a bricklayer, Salvo discovers a ring of corruption between construction companies and the Mafia. Directed by Alberto Sironi, 2015.



XVI Edition of the Italian Language World Week

Come celebrate Italian language, culture and fashion! Two films will be screened to celebrate La Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo. We will watch Giants in Milan: Milano e la moda, in Italian with English subtitles (45 minutes), and Valentino: The Last Emperor, in English (96 minutes).

Thursday, October 27, 2016
Doors open at 6:30 pm and film begins at 7:00 pm

Suggested donation:
$5 Members/Students and $10 Non-members
Previous registration is not required, but is suggested.

Giants in Milan: Milano e la moda
Directed by Andrea Bellati (2015 release, 45 minutes).

Plot: This is the sixth chapter of the history of Milan, written and presented by Pino Farinotti, directed by Andrea Bellati, sponsored by the city of Milan and in collaboration with MIC (Museo Interattivo del Cinema – Interactive Museum of Cinema). As part of the Giants’s tradition, the most influential people in the field are portrayed. Interviews with Beppe Modenese, President of the Chamber of Fashion – the man that invented Italian fashion and made it prominent around the world – and Mario Boselli, who managed through the Chamber, almost the entirety of the most iconic Italian brands. To follow other big names: Maria Luisa Trussardi, the directors of Ferré, the prestigious firm Curiel, and Carceni – who dresses up vips around the world, and whose clothes are a status. Other tailors and designers appear in the movie as well. Interviews with Alfonso Signorini and Francesco Alberoni sharing their experiences. The images and shots come from the most important catwalks and depict models and famous people that in the different eras have dictated fashion and behavior. Everything in its most unique Milan style.

Valentino: The Last Emperor
Directed by Matt Tyrnauer (2008 release, 96 minutes).

Plot: A story of friendship, a retrospective, and a look at haute couture as business: we watch Valentino Garavani and partner Giancarlo Giammetti from preparation for the 2006 Spring/Summer Collection in Paris to a July 2007 retrospective of Valentino’s 45-year career, which included dressing Jacqueline Kennedy. The film documents a year of work, shows, business changes, and decisions. We follow a creation from sketch to runway: he’s always in pursuit of beauty.

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Italian Halloween Film Special

halloween-main-banner Join us for a spooky Halloween party! A film and lecture will be held in the spirit of Halloween; we will watch Profondo rosso (Deep Red), directed by Dario Argento (1975).
NOTE: Recommended adults only due to R-rating.

Halloween costume suggested; the three best costumes will receive a prize.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Doors open at 6:45 pm and film begins at 7:15 pm

This is a prepaid event. Previous registration is required:
$15 Members/Students and $20 Non-members

Profondo rosso (Deep Red):
Directed by Dario Argento, starring David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi and Gabriele Lavia (1975 release, 126 minutes, Rated R).

Plot: A psychic medium (Macha Méril) is brutally murdered, and musician Marcus Daly (David Hemmings) feels a need to solve the case, since he was the one who discovered the body. Working with him is reporter Gianna Brezzi (Daria Nicolodi), who hopes for a big scoop by solving the case. When one of Marcus’s own friends ends up murdered at the hands of the same killer, the resourceful pair realize they must work fast to uncover the murderer’s identity or they might serve as the maniac’s next victims.


6th Annual Festa di Ferragosto

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Celebrate with us this summer the 6th Annual Festa di Ferragosto! Bring your friends and your favorite bottle of wine, and come gather with fellow film-goers for Italian pizza and soft drinks. We will be watching Noi e La Giulia. The film will be in Italian with English subtitles.

Sunday, August 14, 2016
Doors open at 5:00pm and film begins at 5:30pm

This is a prepaid event. Previous registration is required:
$15 Members/Students and $20 Non-members

Noi e La Giulia:
Directed by Edoardo Leo, starring Luca Argentero, Edoardo Leo, Claudio Amendola, Anna Foglietta, Stefano Fresi, and Carlo Buccirosso, (2015 release, 115 minutes).

Plot: A tragic comedy loosely based on the book Alfa Romeo 1300 and Other Miracles by Fabio Bartolomei that tells the tale of three 40-year-olds fleeing their own failure and united in the project of creating a rustic B&B in the hinterland east of Naples. The Giulia 1300 Alfa Romeo of the title is the car of a mobster who comes to ask for protection money on the trio’s increasingly successful business, accompanied by a young and eccentric pregnant girl.
For their performances, Carlo Buccirosso and Claudio Amendola respectively won the David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actor and the Nastro d’Argento in the same category. The film also won the Nastro d’Argento for best comedy film.


2016 Italian American Film Series

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Join us this summer for the 2016 Italian American Film Festival. Enjoy four weeks of exciting, controversial and fun, loving Italian American films. All the films will be in English.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 | Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 | Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Doors open at 6:30pm and film begins at 7:15pm

All the films are in English.
Suggested donation at the door: $5 Members/Students and $10 Non-members

Moonstruck (Tuesday, July 12, 2016)
Directed by Norman Jewison, starring Cher, Nicolas Cage, and Olympia Dukakis, (1987 release, 102 minutes).

Plot: Loretta Castorini, a Brooklyn bookkeeper in her late 30s whose husband died several years earlier in a bus accident, decides it’s time to get married again. So she accepts the proposal of a nice, middle-aged fellow named Johnny Cammareri. Loretta is convinced her first marriage was cursed because she and her husband had gotten married at City Hall; this time, she’s determined to do things right, even as she admits to her mother, Rose, that she’s not really in love with Johnny. (To which Rose replies: “Good. When you love them, they drive you crazy, ’cause they know they can.” Rose speaks from rueful experience; she suspects, with good reason, that her husband, Cosmo, is cheating on her.) Loretta is convinced that marrying Johnny is the safe and sure thing to do – until she meets his estranged younger brother Ronny, who tends the ovens in a neighborhood bakery. Loretta discovers that in startling contrast to the pleasant, mild-mannered Johnny, Ronny is moody and passionate; what follow are complications worthy of a comic opera.

Mean Streets (Tuesday, July 19, 2016)
Directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, and David Prosal, (1973 release, 112 minutes).

Plot: Italian-American Charlie, who lives in the Little Italy neighborhood of New York City, leads a conflicted life. He works as a collector for his gangster uncle, Giovanni, but has empathy for those who cannot pay. Another who cannot pay is his best friend, Johnny Boy, a self destructive and somewhat unaware individual who owes money to their loan shark friend, Michael. Johnny Boy makes no effort to repay that loan or make any credible effort to stay clear of Michael while he still lavishly spends whatever money he has on having a good time. Charlie tries to keep the peace between Johnny Boy and Michael, while realizing that Johnny Boy is shirking his responsibility. Meanwhile, Charlie has been in a clandestine relationship with Johnny Boy’s cousin, Teresa, an epileptic who is in love with him. Charlie, on the other hand, doesn’t want to encourage Teresa in this manner in part because Giovanni doesn’t approve of her as he sees her epilepsy as a major character flaw. Charlie tries to reconcile all parts of these disparate aspects of his life, on the most part unsuccessfully.

Mac (Tuesday, July 26, 2016)
Directed by John Turturro, starring John Turturro, Micheal Badalucco, and Carl Capotorto, (1992 release, 117 minutes).

Plot: Niccolo (Mac) Vitelli is the eldest of three brothers and leads their family after their beloved father dies. Their father was a builder and his sons continue in this family trade. At first, they work for Polowski, who does shoddy work and cheats on his jobs. When the brothers can no longer take being employed by such an angry vitriolic boss who takes no pride in his work, they set up their own company. Together, Vitelli Brothers Construction builds houses with pride and care. However, Mac turns out to be an overbearing workaholic, with obsessive concern about the quality of their work and incredible attention to detail. His intensity and driven ambition precludes a happy family life and eventually drives away his two happy-go-lucky brothers from his nascent construction empire.

Good Morning, Babylon (Tuesday, August 2, 2016)
Directed by Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani, starring Vincent Spano, Joaquim de Almeida, and Greta Scacchi, (1987 release, 117 minutes).

Plot: After the bankruptcy of their father’s stonemasonry firm, brothers Nicola and Andrea emigrate to America to restore their fortunes. After many adventures and near-disasters, they end up in Hollywood designing sets for D.W.Griffith and marry beautiful actresses, but tragedy strikes with the arrival of World War I, which finds the brothers fighting on opposite sides.

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