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Italian Retrospective
SYNOPSIS FOR ITS 11th RETROSPECTIVE, METROPOLIS CINEMA PRESENTS TWO LEGENDS OF THE ITALIAN CINEMA : MARCELLO MASTROIANNI AND VITTORIO GASSMAN. On the occasion of its 11th retrospective, Metropolis is partnering once again this year with the Italian Institute in Beirut to pay tribute to the acclaimed actors Marcello Mastroianni and Vittorio Gassman. Nine of their major films will be screened at Metropolis Empire Sofil from April 27th to May 5th 2012. Marcello Mastroianni, undoubtedly the most famous Italian actor in the world of international cinema, is the winner of many awards including two British Academy awards, one Golden Globe, two Best Actor awards at the Cannes International film festival, several Italian awards in addition to three Academy Awards nominations. You will get the chance to see many of his most famous comedies like Divorce Italian Style by Pietro Germi and The Big Feast by Marco Ferreri. During this retrospective, you will also have the opportunity to explore the talents of one of the greatest actors of Italian cinema: Vittorio Gassman. You will see some of his most acclaimed works such as The Desert of the Tartars by Valerio Zurlini, The Easy Life by Dino Risi, and many others yet to be discovered soon at Metropolis Cinema! Divorce Italian Style by Pietro Germi is the opening film for this retrospective. It has won the Best Comedy Award at the Cannes International Film Festival in 1962, and the Academy Award for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay in 1963. Metropolis has also the pleasure to present other major films of Mastroianni and Gassman, including Il Bell’Antonio (Golden Leopard, Locarno Film Festival 1960), and Scent of a Woman (Best Actor for Vittorio Gassman, Cannes International Film Festival 1975).

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