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26th March 2010, 3:55pm
Celebrating the golden age of cinema
Classic cinema The Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) will host an exciting series of film screenings celebrating the golden age of cinema over the coming months.

Cinema Paradiso: The Golden Age of the European Cinema will be held at the theatre on the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Pool campus from April to June.

It is an opportunity not only to see some of the greatest films of the post-World War Two period, but also to take part in post-screening discussions with an acclaimed connoisseur of film, Professor Brian Winston, from the University’s Faculty of Media, Humanities and Technology.

Professor Winston, an Emmy-award winning film maker, is a renowned expert on film and television who has published more than a dozen books on the media.

The titles chosen for the introductory series of screenings have been taken from among the best loved-films of the post-World War Two period: Bicycle Thieves from Italy, The 7th Seal from Sweden, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning from the UK and Breathless from France. The post-screening discussions will ensure the experience is far richer than just a visit to the cinema.

Victoria Simpson, Events and Programme Manager at the LPAC said: “The University is excited to be able to make a contribution to the evolving cultural landscape of the city and the county. This is a chance for film lovers, cinema buffs and novices to enjoy some great films and a wealth of knowledge. Budding filmmakers countywide should not miss this opportunity either. The post-screening discussions with Professor Winston are sure to be entertaining and very enlightening.”

Bicycle Thieves was directed by Vittorio De Sica and is considered one of the greatest of the flood of post-War (and post-Fascist) features made in Italy in the ‘Neorealist’ style. The 7th Seal was the film that established Ingmar Bergman’s international reputation while Karel Reisz’s Saturday Night and Sunday Morning is one of the ‘kitchen-sink’ features that brought a grittiness to British films which had never been seen before. In France, another movement among young directors, known as ‘La Nouvelle Vague’, produced a vibrant melding of Hollywood and Neorealism.  The possibilities of this amalgam are nowhere better seen than in Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless.

Screening Details:

All screenings in the Cinema Paradiso: The Golden Age of the European Cinema series take place at the LPAC, starting at 7pm.

23 April – Bicycle Thieves
8 May – The 7th Seal
30 May - Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
5 June – Breathless

Tickets cost £3 and are available from the Engine Shed and LPAC Box Office, open Monday to Friday, 10am until 4pm, online at and over the phone on 0844 8884414.  Please note bookings made over the phone and online are subject to a booking fee.

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