Screening of Cinema Paradiso (PG)
(Italian with English subtitles)
Friday 30 January
Doors open at 6:30 pm, the film starts at 7:30 pm
At The Parade, Hoylake Community Centre, Hoyle Road, Hoylake
Licensed bar and homemade snacks available
Tickets cost £5, available online at www.hoylakecommunitycinema.co.uk;
From Urbane, Market Street, Hoylake; Staacks, Banks Road, West Kirby; The Parade, Hoylake Community Centre, Hoyle Road; or on the door on the night
The first film of 2015 at Hoylake Community Cinema is the outstanding Cinema Paradiso. The film lies at number 27 in the top one hundred foreign language films and won the Special Jury Prize at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival as well as the 1989 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Cinema Paradiso has charm, and wit, to melt the chilliest heart. A successful but jaded film director recalls his Sicilian childhood: he was a cheeky scamp called Totò (Salvatore Cascio) helping out in the cinema booth, learning to love movie magic and becoming a friend to the old projectionist Salvatore (Philippe Noiret), in a special place whose movies were censored by the local priest, and whose interior was designed to look like a church, with an altar under the screen.
Cinema Paradiso is a much loved film, and there’s no doubt about the brilliance of its central scene: by twisting the projector’s glass screen on a fine summer’s night, Salvatore reflects the movie image out into the town square, spread over a neighbouring building, for a glorious open-air performance: the sacred spirit has escaped the temple, with exciting but ultimately catastrophic results. The final “kiss montage” scene is inspired. It’s a real experience and a classic.
The 2014/2015 season is now well underway and there has already been a full house for the screening of The Lunchbox and an almost capacity audience for Goldfinger. Still to come during 2015 are The Producers, In the Heat of the Night, Saturday Night Fever, and Casablanca.
Tickets for Cinema Paradiso cost £5 and are available from gift shop Urbane, Market Street, Hoylake; Staacks, Banks Road, West Kirby; The Parade, Hoylake Community Centre; on the door on the night; and online at www.hoylakecommunitycinema.co.uk. Doors open at 6.30 pm; the film starts at 7.30 pm. There is a licensed bar selling wines and beers, as well as tea and coffee, and also homemade snacks. There will be a quiz, organised by quiz-master Julian Priest, after the screening. Hoylake Community Centre has full disabled access and is induction loop enabled for the hard of hearing.