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12 August 2022
Bad Honnef

«Cinema Paradiso» – in Concert
City Light Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thiago Tiberio - Rhein-Insel · Open Air-Bühne

Program Info:
Ennio Morricone / Andrea Morricone - Cinema Paradiso

Hardly any film has touched and enchanted audiences around the world as much as "Cinema Paradiso" from 1988 by director Giuseppe Tornatore. With its heartbreaking story and universal themes such as friendship, strangers and love, this masterpiece fits perfectly with this year's motto of the Open Classics festival on the Rhine: "Longing for Italy". This is the debut of the City Light Symphony Orchestra at this festival on the Rhein Inseli in Rheinfelden.

“Cinema Paradiso” not only tells of the deep friendship between Salvatore – simply called Toto as a young boy – and his fatherly friend Alfredo, but has also become a beautiful homage to cinema. When internationally acclaimed director Salvatore learns that Alfredo has passed away, he travels from Rome to Giancaldo, a dreamy Sicilian fishing village. There he grew up and spent countless hours with projectionist Alfredo at the local "Cinema Paradiso".

Over the years, a close friendship developed between the two. Toto also fell madly in love with Elena, but the two lost touch. Now Salvatore is back and he not only meets Elena, who has now become a mother, but also has to learn that the "Nuovo Cinema Paradiso" is to be demolished.

With «Cinema Paradiso», Giuseppe Tornatore uses poetic images to let the viewer participate in the stories about Alfredo, Toto and Elena, «Cinema Paradiso» and cinema during the 1940s to 1980s. Now we present this timeless classic in the restored version as the opening concert at the Open Classics am Rhein 2022, with the touching film music by Ennio and Andrea Morricone played live by the City Light Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Thiago Tiberio.

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