THE GATE OF HEAVEN
Wednesday, September 30
La porta del cielo (1945, De Sica) A one-handed, nonbelieving pianist, a worker blinded by an accident caused by his accompanying friend, a wheelchair-bound boy shepherded by his sister Maria Mercader (De Sica’s then-mistress and second wife-to-be, and sister of Trotsky’s killer), all bound on a train to the shrine of Loreto — will miracles take place? Vatican-backed, this was De Sica’s special long-drawn-out project to keep from being co-opted by the Nazis, long thought to exist only in a single print. Approx. 88 min. 35mm print courtesy CSC-Cineteca Nazionale.