Giuseppe Tornatore's Cinema Paradiso

  • November 24, 2013 · 5:00 PM
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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

Country: Italy

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.

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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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  • Damon S.

    December 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Aahhh…Cinema Paradiso was fantastic!! Thank you for showing it. Absolutely lovely film. Now I can see why the meetup group was named after it…very nice!!

    1 · November 24, 2013

    • Damon S.

      That has never really seems to be the case in my opinion. I've seen a decent amount of remakes and they usually feel like a way to cherry pick ideas from the original that they liked but with little understanding about what made the film work. There are always exceptions, The Fly and The Thing are the first things that come to mind but those films aren't really remakes in the same way that Oldboy and Let me in are remakes. Cronenberg and Carpenter took their films to a different place and infused them with their own styles.

      1 · December 1, 2013

    • Damon S.

      The Thing was more about recreating what made John Campbell's original short story (Who Goes There?) so interesting unlike The Thing from Another World which was more of a Creature Feature. A really good Creature Feature mind you but a Creature Feature non the less. I think the Coen's True Grit had the same ambitions. What upsets me about OLDBOY and Robocop especially is that these are two films that are very close to my heart and it's frustrating to think that when some people think of those films they will only think of the remakes with no knowledge or desire to see the originals. God I am such a fanboy.

      1 · December 1, 2013

  • Carl T.

    Very evocative, romantic film! I was even crying through a lot of it. These old ghosts in most of our lives can be very powerful. Of course, this is a "hanky-in-the-heart" Italian film and should be watched in that mind/heart set!

    2 · November 25, 2013

    • Damon S.

      That is very well put; I think that is one of the interesting things about use humans, we have a huge issue with looking toward or getting stuck in the past at least I know it is a problem that I have struggled with at times. I think got most of my crying out of the film the last time I saw it but I still teared up in the last scene which is such a powerful scene which doesn't diminished regardless of how many times I have seen it.

      1 · November 26, 2013

  • Bob P.

    Folks,my apologies but I am bailing. Just got home from taking my out of town friend for brunch & j just don't have the heart to lock up the pups again

    November 24, 2013

    • Damon S.

      It's okay, there is always next time.

      November 24, 2013

  • Damon S.

    Thank you all for coming and celebrating the group. I hope to see you back in December when we are celebrating all of you because with out you this group wouldn't be a group, it would be me sitting in a room talking to myself which isn't fun. Have an enjoyable Holiday if you celebrate.

    November 24, 2013

  • mary

    Great movie, hosts, conversation, insights, etc! AS USUAL!

    2 · November 24, 2013

    • Damon S.

      Thank you for coming as well as bring the chips

      November 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please start without me. I'll be there little late

    November 24, 2013

  • Susan N

    My favorite film!!!!

    2 · November 22, 2013

    • Damon S.

      It's a hard film to dislike. I'm curious of the significance of photo that you linked to this Sunday's meetup.

      November 22, 2013

    • Damon S.

      I look forward to meeting you

      November 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry Damon.. I'm starting a new job on Monday morning, so will be preoccupied with that.

    November 20, 2013

    • Damon S.

      Don't worry about it. Good luck at your new job.

      November 21, 2013

  • Damon S.

    RSVPs are open.

    November 17, 2013

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