FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS
ALLACCIATE LE CINTURE
2014, Pathè International, 110 min, Italy, Dir: Ferzan Ozpetek

As director Ferzan Ozpetek notes of his luminous romantic drama, “In life, sooner or later, everything happens turbulently, exactly like in an airplane.” The bumps in this flight occur to Elena (Kasia Smutniak) and Antonio (Francesco Arca), whose long marriage faces challenges when Elena is diagnosed with cancer. Kasia Smutniak and Paola Minaccioni received the Nastro d'Argento (Silver Ribbon) award for best actresses of the year from the Italian film critics organization. In Italian with English subtitles.


THE ENGLISH PATIENT
1996, Park Circus/Miramax, 162 min, USA, Dir: Anthony Minghella

Ralph Fiennes is badly burned in a WWII plane crash and wakes up in a monastery, where he claims to have no memory of who he is. As nurse Juliette Binoche tends to him, his story emerges in flashbacks, and his passionate affair with Kristin Scott Thomas forms the basis of one of the most beloved romances in movie history. Gabriel Yared’s Oscar-winning score anchors a richly layered, novelistic epic that recalls the best films of David Lean and David O. Selznick.


HELLO, DOLLY!
1969, 20th Century Fox, 146 min, USA, Dir: Gene Kelly

This irresistible film adaptation - from one of Jerry Herman’s finest musicals - features the fabulous Barbra Streisand in a kick-out-the-jams performance as matchmaker Dolly Levi, furiously working to make marriages while trying to snag bachelor Walter Matthau for herself. Staged with gusto by dancing legend-turned-director Gene Kelly, and featuring a wonderful supporting cast including Tommy Tune, Michael Crawford and jazz legend Louis Armstrong (whose version of the title song is itself worth the price of admission!).


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