Seduced and Abandoned

In “Seduced and Abandoned,” or “Sedotta e abbandonata,” Agnese (Stefania Sandrelli) is a 16-year-old Sicilian girl who is seduced by Peppino (Aldo Puglisi), her older sister Matilde’s (Paola Biggio) fiance. In this humorous and dark, post-war Italian film (1964), Vincenzo Ascalone (Saro Urzi), Agnese’s father, puts family honor above all. I’ve seen “Sedotta e abbandonata”…

A Superb and Heterogeneous Civilization

“For more than twenty-five centuries we’ve been bearing the weight of a superb and heterogeneous civilization, all from outside, none made by ourselves, none that we could call our own,” wrote Giuseppe di Tomasi Lampedusa in his novel “Il Gattopardo,” or “The Leopard.” Published posthumously in 1958, the story about a prince and his family…