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::: Great Cinema at the Ancient Theatre :::

From Saturday 11th to Saturday 18th June, every evening in world or European première the following nine films are going to be shown on
the wide screen of the Ancient Theatre:

SHADOWS OF TIME

Date: 11/06/2005

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Plot:
The story takes place in pre- Independence India, where two children, Ravi and Masha, work as child labourers in a carpet factory. Realizing that money determines whether one is free or enslaved, Ravi works his way up to best carpet knotter. But when he learns that the factory manager wants to sell Masha to a whiteslaver, he sacrifices all his savings to buy Masha’s freedom. As she leaves, Masha promises to wait for him at every full moon in Calcutta’s biggest Shiva temple. Years later a young man leaves the factory heading for the temple. Masha who has become a well-known dancer in one of the city’s brothels, also visits the holy site hoping for Ravi to come. But fate seems to have turned against their love and keeps them apart. Much later, after they have both married others, they meet again and their tragic love starts anew…


INCAUTOS

Date: 12/06/2005

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Plot:
Since Ernesto reached the age reason, he’s done only one thing in his life: swindle. He knows the secrets the job thanks to an old swindler, El Manco. One day, El Manco introduces Ernesto to who he considers to be the best swindler ever, Federico, an elegant, clever and methodical swindler. Life goes on perfect until Pilar appears; she was Federico’s old lover and partner, when years ago she packed up and left him taking the loot of a swindle with her. Pilar offers Federico what between swindlers is known as a “Rare Bird”, the big “job” retire themselves from the business forever: a trusting, avaricious and filthy rich sucker. Ernesto finds himself the centre of a dangerous triangle composed by greed, betrayal and revenge. Everyone lives life lying, someone could be the traitor, even Ernesto.


THE GAME OF THEIR LIVES

Date: 13/06/2005

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Plot:
In the spring of 1950, the United States was extended an invitation to compete in the World Cup in Brazil. Faced with budgetary restrictions and no official soccer team to call their own, the U.S. set out to recruit players in the soccer hotbed of St. Louis, Missouri, where they found a group of young friends. Once these men reached others in NY, they were all forced to see past one another’s differences and become a full- fledged team. With the odds considerably against them, the U.S. team arrived in Rio with little training and even less fanfare. After a crushing defeat, the Americans expected more of the same but then something remarkable happened: they scored a victory against England that did more than just provide an upset defeat – it opened the door for soccer in the United States. The American World Cup team of 1950 would soon quietly return to their families and jobs, treasuring this historic victory, which would forever be known to them as The Game of Their Lives.


TI PIACE HITCHCOCK?

Date: 14/06/2005

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Plot:
Two pretty women in their thirties – Sasha and Federica – attract the attention of Giulio, a 23 years old movie freak, while they’re renting a Hitchcock film, Stranger on a Train. Sasha, who lives across Giulio’s apartment, becomes the morbid object of his curiosity. One night a choked scream pierces the darkness: Sasha’s mother was killed. Hitchcock’s movie captures Giulio’s imagination, so he tells his perplexed girlfriend that a sinister arrangement – a murder for a murder – has been set up between Sasha and Federica. It’s obvious that the latter has killed Sasha’s mother allowing her friend to inherit big money. If so, who will be the next victim? Giulio is curious and starts spying on Federica and the dark side of her life. Unluckily the spying ends in a bad fall that froces him at home with his leg in a plaster. Now Giulio realizes to have risked too much, but possibly it’s too late, he could be the next victim...


SERGIO AMIDEI. RITRATTO DI UNO SCRITTORE DI CINEMA

Date: 15/06/2005

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Plot:
"Who is Sergio Amidei? This is a
question that many wouldn’t know
how to answer. And this is one of the
reasons, not the only but perhaps the
most pressing, that convinced us to
make a portray-film on this forgotten
writer. Amidei was the prolific writer
of the stories and screenplays of
some of the most beautiful films in the
history of Italian cinema, from Open
City , to Paisan , to Shoeshine, to
Three Girls from Rome, just to mention
a few. He earned 4 Oscar nominations,
(…) and was a volcanic personality
that added significant
innovations to screenwriting, to the
point that today we can speak of a
true Amidei Method…". Ettore and
Silvia Scola .


ECUBA

Date: 15/06/2005

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Plot:
On the coast of Trace lays the body of little Polidoro, son of Priamo and Ecuba, killed during a kidnapping by the king of Trace, Polimestore, whom he had been entrusted to by his parents. Ecuba, still unaware, begs Ulysses not to sacrifice her daughter Polissena on Achilles’ grave. The sacrifice, however takes place, while a servant finds the dead body of Polidoro on the seashore. Connecting the crime with Polimestore, Ecuba begs Agamennone not to oppose to her revenge plan and attracts Polimestore and his two sons to her tent where she kills the children and blinds the king of Trace.


BATMAN BEGINS

Date: 16/06/2005

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Plot:
After his parents are killed, gunned down before his eyes in the streets of Gotham, Bruce Wayne’s life has changed forever. Tormented by guilt and anger, battling the demons that feed his desire for revenge and his need to honor his parents’ altruistic legacy, the disillusioned industrial heir vanishes from Gotham. In his quest to educate himself in the ways of the criminal mind, Bruce is mentored by a mysterious man, Ducard. Bruce returns to Gotham to find the city devoured by rampant crime and corruption. Wayne Enterprises, his family’s former bastion of philanthropic business ideals, now rests in the hands of a man more concerned with exploiting the company than serving the people. Supported by a few trusted friends, Bruce Wayne unleashes his awe-inspiring alter-ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses strength, intellect and an array of high tech weaponry to fight the sinister forces that threaten to destroy the city.


THE SHADOW DANCER

Date: 17/06/2005

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Plot:
In the twenty years following the publication of his magnum opus The Shadow Dancer , Weldon Parish has isolated himself in a small village in the rural Italy and quit writing. His life revolves around horses, wine, friends, and his three beautiful daughters… and chasing off any journalists or publishers who dare to seek him out. Fresh from a big city publishing house comes Jeremy Taylor, whose ambition is to land a writing contract with the great man. Impressed by Jeremy’s tenacity, Weldon starts to warm to the boy, introducing him to everyone and making it his personal mission to bring out the bohemian hidden beneath his buttoned down exterior. But what will happen when it unleashes with Weldon’s daughter Isabella? Will this provide the key to unlock Weldon’s abandoned creativity? Perhaps the pupil has something to teach the master about life, love and writing.


LE COUPERET

Date: 18/06/2005

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Plot:
Bruno D., a manager of a paper factory, after fifteen years of faithful and consciousness work, is fired. In a first moment, Bruno doesn’t worry: he is still young and thanks to his competence he’s convinced he can find a similar job. Three years later, still unemployed, he realizes that he needs to survive and preserve his wealth and that of his wife and kids. So he assaults the Arcadia Corporation. However in a clumsy way, he succeeds in his intent and obtains – although momentarily – a job that suits him, in order to save his marriage, or so he believes, and the future of his children


 


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