- This week Tom Block’s top tip – you must see Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso at the Pheonix Cinema.
This Friday 20th of December, the Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Cinema Paradiso, the film that first brought international success to the Italian film-maker Giuseppe Tornatore.
The film tells the life story of Toto, a young boy born into a small town in post-Second World War Sicily. Toto befriends Alfredo, the projectionist at the town’s local cinema called ‘Cinema Paradiso’. As he grows up he develops a fondness not only for the movies but also for a girl called Elena. He struggles to gain her interest at first but his friend Alfredo takes on a fatherly role and advises him on how to gain her attention, often quoting lines from famous movies of the time.
Their friendship becomes indestructible. Nonetheless Alfredo knows that in order for young Toto to become a successful film-maker himself, there will come a moment when he will have to let go. Purely for the fact that the film itself is about a love for the cinematic experience, this truly is an event for the ultimate cinema lover! There are just too many wonderful things about this film that make missing this screening a crime.
For one, there’s Ennio Morricone’s BAFTA-winning film music, which he composed together with his son Andrea. For another, it’s the chance to witness the beauty of the last scene in the one location where it can truly come alive: The cinema. This is a truly heart-warming movie so if you haven’t seen it before, you absolutely should! Beware, however, that the film will be screened with its original Italian audio and English subtitles. The screening will start on Friday 20th December 8:30pm, but there are also screenings on 21st (9pm) and 23rd (8:30pm) Entry will cost £7 for students.
Book your tickets here.