Music And Film

April 10, 2012

Cinema Paradiso; an inspiration

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Italian movie Cinema Paradiso, whose original title is Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, was released in 1988 and has been one of my all time favorite movies. Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore who  also wrote the story and screenplay, staring Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale and Antonella Attili.

The movie is about a filmmaker who recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village’s theater, and formed a deep friendship with he theater projectionist.  The movie has one of the most spectacular endings I have ever seen, and the music composed by Ennio Morricone  is simply amazing.

The movie won an Academy Award for  Best Foreign Language Film in 1990 and many other film awards. One of the reasons it impacted me so much is because it deals with  the heartache  of seeing our children leave our homes,  looking for a better life and education, and how we, as parents, deal with detachment even though in today’s world it is not hard to stay connected. That was not the case years ago.

The movie inspired my desire to help with the restoration of EL Grande Theater of Harlingen, Texas, one of  very few theaters of the 1940′s era left in the Rio Grande Valley. The cultural history this structure holds, and its potential for becoming an asset for education, and  creative arts development center,  is worth  protecting , and restoring.

El Grande Theater is for sale, I have included a link to the feasibility study about El Grande Theater building created by architects Mata, Villarreal and Garcia of McAllen, Texas. As anybody can read, investing on this historic structure has tremendous potential. If you would like additional information please comment on this post.

http://matagarciaarchitects.blogspot.com/2011/05/grande-theater-feasibility-study.html

 

 

The movie Cinema Paradiso is available through Netflix.

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About the Author

Nydia O Tapia - Gonzales
A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.-Maya Angelou. La Vida Valle is where I write about "la vida" life in the Rio Grande Valley. From this bi-cultural corner on the tip of Texas, I share my poems and spiritual and travel experiences. I also blog about the arts,nature and my passion for historic preservation and architecture. But most important, let's talk about "la vida" - living our lives - in a vacation state of mind. Contributions and comments are always welcome .




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