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Monday, October 15

Italian Instructor's Film Favorites
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988)
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Department of French and Italian
1502 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
International Week along with Department of French and Italian
Lorraine Denman
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Prof. Lina Insana will introduce one of her favorite films of Italian cinema, the Academy Award-winning Nuovo Cinema Paradiso.

From Rotten Tomatoes:
Cinema Paradiso offers a nostalgic look at films and the effect they have on a young boy who grows up in and around the title village movie theater in this Italian comedy drama that is based on the life and times of screenwriter/director Giuseppe Tornatore. The story begins in the present as a Sicilian mother pines for her estranged son, Salvatore, who left many years ago and has since become a prominent Roman film director who has taken the advice of his mentor too literally. He finally returns to his home village to attend the funeral of the town's former film projectionist, Alfredo, and, in so doing, embarks upon a journey into his boyhood just after WWII when he became the man's official son. In the dark confines of the Cinema Paradiso, the boy and the other townsfolk try to escape from the grim realities of post-war Italy.