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Sometimes a film is so captivating that you find yourself staring at the screen long after the credits have ended. When this happens to us, we immediately want to share our experience. But not with just anyone. Our Members Only screenings present these rare, neglected, or simply amazing films to our inner circle of card-carrying cinephiles.

Come join us and watch a great film, meet great people and enjoy a lively discussion immediately following the screening. This event is exclusive—envied even—so sign up for a Facets Membership today.

February 27, 2017


Film still: Splendor


Palme d'Or
Film Fest
"The film is full of wonderful moments...which manage to be both magical and unsentimental"
  —TimeOut London

In the wake of the enormous worldwide success of Cinema Paradiso this film, with a similar theme, directed by the great Italian filmmaker Ettore Scola (We All Loved Each Other So Much) and starring the equally phenomenal Marcello Mastroianni got lost. It is worth a re-discovery.

Mastroianni plays the struggling owner of a cinema called Splendor in a small Italian town. Given the fact that Mastroianni is the lead, there is a love interest, of course, in the form of French showgirl Chantal, played by Marina Vlady. As television eats away at the Splendor's attendance and Mastroianni thinks of hiring strippers to solve his financial problems, we see what cinema really means, in films from such films as Metropolis, Amarcord, La Grande Guerra and It's a Wonderful Life. There are few moving, touching and often funny films about the movies as great as this one.

Directed by Ettore Scola, 1989, Italy/France, 105 min. In Italian with English subtitles.

The screening will be preceded by a reception and followed by a discussion led by Facets Founder and Artistic Director, Milos Stehlik.


  • Monday, Feb. 27, 2016 at 6:30 pm



Facets Patron Circle Members and one guest admitted for free

There are no presale tickets—you must receive an invitation from us.

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