Cinema Paradiso (15)
'+ Special Introduction
Thu 01 Jan 1970
Dir. Giuseppe Tornatore. Italy, 142 mins, 1988
Presented by The Italian Cultural Association and the first title in a series of films exploring The Child in Italian Cinema the multi award wining Cinema Paradiso returns to the big screen.
Told as a flashback and set in Sicily in the final years before television, when the cinema was still central to a communitys social agenda Cinema Paradiso unravels the story of a mans colourful childhood. Young Salvatore has made the projection box his home away from an indifferent home, supporting the aging projectionist Alfredo. The failed attempt at chasing Salvatore away has lead to Alfredos eventual acceptance and fatherly love.
As the patrons line up faithfully, night after night, for their diet of films without kisses, the boy watches in wonder as Alfredo wrestles with the balky machine that throws the dream-images on the screen.
Presented by Italian Cultural Association the season, running between September and December will offer the opportunity to revisit some Italian classics, introduce unseen titles and explore the role of children on the big screen looking at how the characters and actors have shaped the stories
Each film will have a short introduction that will be prepared by Associate Professor Danielle Hipkins Italian Film Studies, University of Exeter in collaboration with some of the students of the Italian Department.