ROMEO AND JULIET (1968)
1968, Paramount, 138 min, UK/Italy, Dir: Franco Zeffirelli

One of the most beloved of all Shakespeare films stars young actors Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey as the Bard’s star-crossed lovers, caught between their feuding families in Renaissance Italy. Shot on location, this ravishing adaptation earned well-deserved Oscars for cinematography and costumes, and features one of composer Nino Rota’s most memorable scores. Narration by Laurence Olivier.


LA STRADA
1954, Janus Films, 107 min, Italy, Dir: Federico Fellini

When peasant Gelsomina (the dazzling Giulietta Masina) is sold to boorish strongman Zampanò (Anthony Quinn) as his on-the-road assistant, she quickly becomes both an adept carnival performer and victim of her master’s cruelty. This magical, poetic tale of love, loss and loneliness was one of Fellini’s favorites. With Richard Basehart. Winner of the inaugural Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar in 1956. "Giulietta has the lightness of a phantom, a dream, an idea. She possesses the movements, the mimic skills and the cadences of a clown." - Fellini. In Italian with English subtitles.


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.


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