THE LEOPARD
IL GATTOPARDO
1963, 20th Century Fox, 185 min, Dir: Luchino Visconti

Adapting Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s literary masterwork, director Luchino Visconti focuses on philosophical, melancholic Prince Salina (Burt Lancaster), a Sicilian nobleman well aware of the inevitability of the violent Garibaldi-led upheavals then occurring in his country. He is determined to see his family survive, in whatever form, and he watches approvingly as his nephew Tancredi (Alain Delon) becomes engaged to the smolderingly beautiful and sweet-natured Angelica (Claudia Cardinale), the daughter of a wealthy, wily merchant. With a sublime score by the incomparable Nino Rota. If you have never seen it on the big screen, don't miss this chance! "…One of Visconti's achievements is to make that rare thing, a great film of a great book. … The cinema at its best can give us the illusion of living another life, and that's what happens here…miraculous and emotionally devastating…" - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times. In Italian with English subtitles.


SANTA SANGRE
1989, Severin Films, 121 min, Italy/Mexico, Dir: Alejandro Jodorowsky

Combining elements at once beautiful, grotesque and erotic, SANTA SANGRE is something akin to Fellini remaking both PSYCHO and NIGHTMARE ALLEY as one single, glorious fever dream of a thriller. If you haven’t seen it, do not miss out!


THE LOST CITY
2005, Magnolia Pictures, 144 min, Dir: Andy Garcia

. Andy Garcia directs and stars with Dustin Hoffmann and Ines Sastre in this tale of the Felloves, a Cuban family living in 1950s Havana. It is a time of extreme and violent political unrest as Fidel Castro overthrows the current oppressive ruling system and instates a Marxist regime, and Fico Fellove (Garcia), a nightclub owner, is faced with a decision that could alter the bonds of his family forever.


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