Film within film:
During the month of November we will be celebrating the six month anniversary of The Cinema Paradiso: Portland Discussion Group. To mark the occasion this month’s theme will pull the curtain back a little on what goes on behind the camera. You could be a true independent like John Sayles or battling studio executives like Terry Gilliam; either way a lot of time and effort goes into making a film.
It’s strange to think that some of us might not have met if it wasn’t for men such as Louis Lumiere and Thomas Edison (who also invented the eclectic chair out of spite to discredit Nikola Tesla) While we won’t be exploring the history of the art form this month (I will save that for a later date). I think it is important to remember how it all started.
Release Date: September 29th, 1988
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Running Time: 173 Minutes
I’m sure a lot of you saw this coming. Cinema Paradiso is a rare film that clings to your heart and doesn’t let go. A few weeks before starting this group on my birthday, I made Jacinda watch this film for the first time. I’ve seen this film a decent amount of times over the years but it only took 2 minutes of Morricone’s score to kick in before I started tearing up.
When I was thinking of names for the group, Cinema Paradiso was the first thing that came to mind but I dismissed it because I thought that it was a little too on the nose. Jacinda was actually the one who convinced me that the name fit what I was trying to do with the group. She was right; Cinema Paradiso takes me back to my days working as a projectionist at my local theater. Toto's friendship with Alfredo mirrors my own relationship with the man who taught me how to use a projector.
It’s impossible to talk about this film without mentioning Ennio Morricone’s lovely score. Morricone has composed music for over 500 films and constantly creates engaging and memorable music regardless of the film’s quality (I’m looking at you Bulworth & Exorcist II: The Heretic). This is a special film that everyone should be required to see regardless of their relationship with the medium of film. I’m looking forward to experiencing this film again with my fellow Celluloid Lovers; hopefully you feel the same way.
This Showing will be a shown at the Headquarters which is smoke free, intimate environment with limited space.
Since space is limited I would appreciate some notice (when possible) if you have rsvp'd but are not able to attend the showing. It would allow others to rsvp who might be able to attend.
The Headquarters is in a decent area in the NE so there are many food options. I can take orders or give recommendations if any one would like something delivered. (Let me know in advance if you are thinking of ordering food.)
A warning for anyone with bad allergies, we do have a cat and dog residing here but the cat spends most of his time outdoors so hopefully his presence won’t be too much of a deterrent.
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I look forward to seeing you there.
Your Friendly Neighborhood Organizer,