"The fundamental polarity of human life between what is and what ought to be, between lack and fulfillment, between determination and freedom, is not abnormal; it is the norm. Every person is exposed to it because of the inescapable structure of human formation." (Adrian van Kaam, The Transcendent Self, Dimension Books, 1979, 172.)

Film Lectio II - Cinema Paradiso

JCinema Paradiso
Sadly, Course Cancelled
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.

Presenter: Marie Biddle RSJ, MA, MTh
Where: Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington St, Sydney
When: To be advised
Cost: $40 per person

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