Cinema Paradiso

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Released 1988

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Director:
Giuseppe Tornatore
Released:
1988
Rating:
PG
Cinema Paradiso is a 1988 romantic dramedy directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. It won the 1989 Oscar Award for best foreign language feature film. The film follows Salvatore (played by Salvatore Cascio and Marco Leonardi) who is a young Sicilian boy who is mesmerized by the films he sees at the local theater in his small Italian village. He becomes friendly wit the theatre's projectionist Alfredo (played by Philippe Noiret). Alfredo mentors Salvatore and tells him he should eventually leave his home so as to pursue his own dreams. Alfredo does this and becomes a famous movie director. Then thirty years later Salvatore returns home for the first time to attend Alfredo's funeral. Returning to town overwhelms him as his happy memories of childhood come back to him all the while he sees how changed the town has become from what he once knew. The film's music was done by the legendary film composer Ennio Morricone.

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  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Michael Wilmington

    It's a shining valentine to the movies--full of homages, collages and swooningly romantic Ennio Morricone music--and it gets right at the messy, impure, wondrous way they capture a...

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Anyone who loves movies is likely to love Cinema Paradiso.

  • 70

    Variety

    Tornatore is an able storyteller who knows the value of cute kids and easy emotion.

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