“25 Years in Cinema Paradiso” Special Exhibition at the Italian Cultural Institute Review – Interesting, Informative,and Evocative

The exhibit, “Twenty Five Years In Cinema Paradiso,” at the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles, was organized by Luce Cinecitta in celebration of the 25th anniversary the first screening of this beloved film, directed by Giuseppe Tornatore and produced by Franco Cristaldi. It opened formally in the Institute’s plush theatre on November 12th with a superb introductory performance by LA Opera violinist Roberto Cani and pianist Antonio Roccia of “Tema d’Amore,” the famous theme of Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso, composed by Andrea Morricone.




Attending were several important Dignataries and guests: Antonio Verde - Consul General of Italy in Los Angeles; Carlo Bocchi – Italian Trade Commissioner ; Michela Magri’ (host and IIC acting director) ; Roberto Cicutto – President of Cinecitta’ Luce; Film Director Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso) ;  Journalist Laura Delli Colli ; Film Producer Matilde Barnabei ;  Salvatore Nastasi – Director general for Live Show of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism ; Actor Francesco Scianna.

Acting director Michela Magri said:

When Cinema Paradiso was released, Franco Cristaldi wrote to Giuseppe Tornatore: With this film we have to make it into the Heaven of Cinema. Dear Franco, and dear Giuseppe, you made it. Here we are celebrating, 25 years later, one the most beautiful films ever made.”

Guests were then treated to fare from a table loaded with a sumptuous choice of dessert, with a special celebratory cake as the centerpiece.





The stunning exhibition takes place from November 13 through January 15, 2015 and showcases the movie’s tremendous international success and status as a universal classic through a thoughtful display of rare advertising materials originating from countries all over the world. It retraces the story of Oscar winning movie “Cinema Paradiso,” bearing witness to the work of those who made this film a masterpiece, starting from its director, Giuseppe Tornatore, and its producer, Franco Cristaldi. Through the display of rare advertising materials originating from countries all over the world, it demonstrates how great the international success of the movie was.





Andrea Crisanti’s unpublished sketches regarding the building of the Cinema Paradiso will be displayed for the first time, along with the costumes created by Beatrice Bordone. There will be a behind-the-scenes look at graphic artist Elena Green’s work and her realization of the famous neon sign reading Cinema Paradiso, which became the iconic symbol of the movie.







The exhibition will also contain many beloved memorabilia from the movie and its production such as the sculpture of the lion mouth from which the magic light beam shines. Toto’s folder, costumes from the movie and many of the materials from Giuseppe Tornatore’s personal archive, including the original script. Numerous and largely unpublished behind-the-scenes pictures of the movies protagonist, Philippe Noiret and Toto Cascio will also be on display.

The exhibition will also be the perfect opportunity to examine two important Sicilian figures, the painter Renato Guttuso and writer Leonardo Sciascia, both of whom had a significant influence on the movie. Two of Guttuso’s paintings will be on view so that they may be compared visually with two scenes of the movie that, according to Tornatore, pay homage to the Sicilian painter. Sciascia’s Article, written after a private screening of Cinema Paradiso only a few months before his death, we’ll also be on display.

In addition, from November 12th Through November 21st, Cinema Italian Style 2014 will be presenting a selection of documentaries and film bios of some of cinema’s most important figures (Franco Cristaldi, Sophia Loren, Quentin Tarantino…), In a special program dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Istuto Luce at the Italian Cultural Institute.

Every year Cinema Italian style (organized by Cinecitta’ Luce, the American Cinematheque, the Italian Trade Commission, AFI Fest, with the collaboration of the Italian Cultural Institute and under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles) brings to the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles an exhibition that represents the history of Italian cinema. This launch is the first homage exhibition dedicated to the movie, which won the Grand Jury Award at Cannes film Festival in 1989, And then the Oscar for best Foreign Movie the following year. The world premiere of the digitally restored version of Cinema Paradiso On November 10th at the Egyptian Theatre and the simultaneous exhibition at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles are realized with the support of Dolce & Gabbana and in collaboration with Cinecitta Luce and Cineteca di Bologna.

The exhibition will be on view until January 2015, at:

The Italian cultural Institute, 1023 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024.


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