The Call To Be Lecture Series presents –

Film Lectio II :     'Cinema Paradiso'
  •  3 August 2022 - 17 August 2022
     10:00AM - 12:00PM

Cinema Paradiso is told largely in the flashback of a successful film director Salvatore to his childhood years.  It also tells the story of the return to his native Sicilian village for the funeral of his old friend Alfredo, the projectionist at the local “Cinema Paradiso”. Ultimately, Alfredo serves as a wise father figure to his young friend who only wishes to see him succeed, even if it means breaking his heart in the process.
Intertwining sentimentality with comedy, and nostalgia with pragmatism the film explores issues of youth, coming of age, and reflections (in adulthood) about the past – touching into our own reminiscences!
Cinema Paradiso is also a celebration of films. As a projectionist, young Salvatore (a.k.a. Totò) develops a passion for films that shapes his life path in adulthood. It won 14 major film awards between 1989 and1991 and was re-released in 2006; 2009, 2012 and 2020.

Come join us as Sr Marie Biddle hosts discussions on ‘Cinema Paradiso‘ after a viewing of the film in class.

over three Wednesdays: 3rd, 10th, 17th August 2022 10am-12noon. total cost $40

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The Crypt
St Patrick’s Church
20 Gosvenor Street The Rocks
Sydney NSW 2000

Enter the Crypt via a gate east of the Church entrance (a few metres down the hill in Grosvenor St).