FROM HERE TO ETERNITY
1953, Sony Repertory, 118 min, Dir: Fred Zinnemann

This 1953 Oscar winner (for Best Picture, Director, Cinematography and others) remains a timeless combination of war movie and love story that's as smart and adult as it is entertaining. James Jones' novel about military life at a Hawaiian army barracks on the brink of America’s entering World War II is the source for a riveting drama starring Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Clift and many others.


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.


THE SWIMMER
1968, Sony Repertory, 94 min, Dir: Frank Perry

One of the most unjustly neglected figures of the New Hollywood generation, director Frank Perry made 10 low-key, razor-sharp dissections of modern morals and relationships between 1962 and 1975. Based on John Cheever’s acclaimed novel, THE SWIMMER follows vigorous, middle-aged, upper-middle-class Burt Lancaster on a metaphoric journey swimming from backyard pool to backyard pool in his lush, upscale suburban neighborhood, headed toward a "home" that may no longer exist. A nostalgic portrait of regret and despair lying beneath the gemlike surface of suburbia - here represented by the sprawling, outlying suburbs of Connecticut - featuring one of Lancaster’s finest performances. [35mm]


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