24 Feb 2016

Claudia Cardinale

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Yesterday at Dublin International Film Festival, for a flash of a second, I saw Claudia Cardinale after the screening of Luchino Visconti’s Sandra. I had just come out of the cinema and was still very much in the film’s world until my eyes caught the 77 year old Claudia Cardinale, who was standing there surrounded by her fans and friends. Suddenly all of her films such as Once Upon a Time in the West, The Leopard, Rocco and His Brothers, Fitzcarraldo, Girl with a Suitcase and many more all blended in my mind. I really wanted to go there and say something and perhaps express my admiration for her but I just couldn’t, and so we just exchanged a look with one another. I’ll probably never see her again but the cinema and the energy will persist forever. Long live the films…