Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso

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Director: Giuseppe Tornatore

Cast: Giuseppe Tornatore, Philippe Noiret, Salvatore Cascio, Marco Leonardi

     
 

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The Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film of 1989, Cinema Paradiso is one of the most successful foreign films ever to play in the United States. The DVD offers a chance to watch it in many different ways, but with very few extras. The special features consist merely of cast and crew filmographies, an awards list, and the original theatrical trailer, butSee more details below

Overview

The Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film of 1989, Cinema Paradiso is one of the most successful foreign films ever to play in the United States. The DVD offers a chance to watch it in many different ways, but with very few extras. The special features consist merely of cast and crew filmographies, an awards list, and the original theatrical trailer, but as is common with foreign film DVDs, the extras are not as important as the audio and video quality of the film. In this case, the widescreen transfer is very good, while the sound is merely stereo, no Dolby or THX options. Unfortunately the language choices (original Italian, or English dubbing) don't make up for the weak audio on the disk. Most disappointing of all is the presentation of the subtitles. Though they are offered in four languages (English, Italian, French, and Spanish), they use white lettering, not yellow, and cover the film image instead of the letterbox matte.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso evokes the magic of motion pictures, in a style both nostalgic and poetic. It takes place in a small Italian town in the years before television, where motion pictures were a social event, and the people who gathered for them knew each other by name. The ambiance is largely autobiographical, drawn from the memories of writer/director Giuseppe Tornatore, who shows great affection for his characters, even when they suffer misfortune or unhappiness. The story's well-designed framework allows for smooth transitions between past and present. Among the film's indelible images, perhaps the most memorable occurs when a film is projected on a town wall, creating an endearing contrast between differing realities.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2000
UPC:
0026359037627
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
PG
Source:
Hbo Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
2:01:00

Special Features

Cast and crew filmographies; Awards; Original theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Philippe Noiret Alfredo
Salvatore Cascio Salvatore (Child)
Marco Leonardi Salvatore (Adolescent)
Jacques Perrin Salvatore (Adult)
Antonella Attili Maria (Young)
Pupella Maggio Older Maria
Agnese Nano Elena (Adolescent)
Brigitte Fossey Elena (Adult) [only in the director's cut]
Enzo Cannavale Spaccafico
Isa Danieli Anna
Leo Gullotta Bill Sticker
Leopoldo Trieste Fr. Adelfio
Tano Cimarosa Blacksmith
Nicola di Pinto Madman
Roberta Lena Lia
Nino Terzo Peppino's Father
Giorgio Libassi Actor
Beatrice Palme Actor
Ignazio Pappalardo Actor

Technical Credits
Giuseppe Tornatore Director,Screenwriter
Beatrice Bordone Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrea Crisanti Art Director,Production Designer
Franco Cristaldi Producer
Blasco Giurato Cinematographer
Mario Morra Editor
Andrea Morricone Score Composer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Maurizio Trani Makeup

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Scene Index

Chapters
0. Chapters
1. Titolo (Main Title) [3:13]
2. Una Chiamata per Sig. DiVita, Salvatore. (A call for Mr. Salvatore DiVita) [1:43]
3. Ill Messagio per Salvatore (The message for Salvatore) [2:36]
4. Toto & Il Cinema (Toto & The Movie Theatre) [4:41]
5. Il Patto delle Pellicole (The Deal) [4:29]
6. I Giorni di Scuola (School Days) [1:44]
7. Il Paradiso (The Paradiso) [4:38]
8. 50 Lire [3:14]
9. Alfredo e' Toto (Alfredo & Toto') [3:46]
10. La Cabina (The Projector Booth) [6:01]
11. La Piazza (The Town Square) [1:17]
12. L'Esame (The Exam) [2:00]
13. Alfredo insegna ha Toto (Alfredo teaches Toto') [1:25]
14. Tempi di Querra (Times of War) [2:02]
15. Abra-Cadabra [3:07]
16. L'Inferno nel Paradiso (Inferno in Paradise) [6:29]
17. Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (The New Cinema Paradiso) [3:58]
18. Alfredo Retorna alla Cabina (Alfredo Returns to the Booth) [3:51]
19. Il Tempo Passava Nel Paradiso (Time Passes By in the Cinema) [2:25]
20. Le Riprese di Salvatore (Salvatore's Footage) [2:23]
21. La Storia Della Principessa (The Story of the Princess) [3:52]
22. Due Teatri, Una Pellicola (Two Theatres, One Print) [4:31]
23. Padre Salvatore (Father Salvatore) [5:42]
24. 99 Notte (99 Nights) [4:03]
25. L'Amore (Love) [4:38]
26. La Lettera (The Letter) [1:01]
27. Il Militare (The Military) [4:02]
28. Il Ritorno a Giancaldo (The Return to Giancaldo) [1:41]
29. "Questa e' Terra Maligna, Vattene" ("Leave here. This ground is cursed") [2:13]
30. "Qualsiesi cosa che fai, amala" ("Whatever you do, love it") [3:10]
31. L'arrivo del Sig. DiVita, Salvatore (The Arrival of Mr. Salvatore DiVita) [1:45]
32. Il Funerale (The Funeral) [3:20]
33. Il Regalo di Alfredo (Alfredo's Gift) [3:52]
34. I Fantasmi di Paradiso (The Ghosts of Paradise) [:58]
35. La Ripresa del I'amore (Footage of Love) [2:54]
36. "Lascia Stare, Toto" ("Let's Go, Toto") [:52]
37. La Fine Del Paradiso (The End of Paradise) [1:59]
38. Il Patto e' Completo (The Deal is Done) [2:01]

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