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Cinema Paradiso offers a nostalgic look at films and the effect they have on a young boy who grows up in and around the title village movie theater in this Italian comedy drama that is based on the life and times of screenwriter/director Giuseppe Tornatore. The story begins in the present as a Sicilian mother pines for her estranged son, Salvatore, who left many years ago and has since become a prominent Roman film director who has taken the advice of his mentor too literally. He finally returns to his home ...
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Cinema Paradiso offers a nostalgic look at films and the effect they have on a young boy who grows up in and around the title village movie theater in this Italian comedy drama that is based on the life and times of screenwriter/director Giuseppe Tornatore. The story begins in the present as a Sicilian mother pines for her estranged son, Salvatore, who left many years ago and has since become a prominent Roman film director who has taken the advice of his mentor too literally. He finally returns to his home village to attend the funeral of the town's former film projectionist, Alfredo, and, in so doing, embarks upon a journey into his boyhood just after WWII when he became the man's official son. In the dark confines of the Cinema Paradiso, the boy and the other townsfolk try to escape from the grim realities of post-war Italy. The town censor is also there to insure nothing untoward appears onscreen, invariably demanding that all kissing scenes be edited out. One day, Salvatore saves Alfredo's life after a fire, and then becomes the new projectionist. A few years later, Salvatore falls in love with a beautiful girl who breaks his heart after he is inducted into the military. Thirty years later, Salvatore has come to say goodbye to his life-long friend, who has left him a little gift in a film can. In 2002, over a decade after the film's original release, Tornatore brought the original 170-minute director's cut to American screens for the first time.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/4/2009
  • EAN: 5027035005430
  • Original Release: 1988
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  • Source: Ais
  • Time: 1:58:00
  • Format: Blu-ray

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
Beatrice Palme
Ignazio Pappalardo
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    no directors cut!!

    theres a good reason the theatrical release was held in such high regard....it made the tender relationship between toto and alfredo the centerpiece. directors cut made toto and elena the focus, with farless dramatic impact than the beauty/purity of toto/alfredo. Toto returns on the news that Alfredo is gone...not Elena is still kicking around!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't get the dubbed version

    I first saw this movie in school. I was reluctant at first, the only other foreign films I had seen had been terrible (french movies).This movie is hilarious. The little boy is abosolutely adorable. Don't get the dubbed version, you'll regret it.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Get the Director's Cut: The Loves that Spawn Artistic Genious

    If you don't understand Italian at least get the Director's Cut from this 1988 Academy Award winning film for Best Foreign Film. Young Toto's passion for film is encouraged by his mentor and father figure during his childhood in Sicily until Elena threatens to distract him at 16. When Toto leaves for Rome to do his mandatory military service a double cross tears him and Elena apart. The loss fuels Toto's cinematic career until he returns to his village an old man with the death of his mentor. Toto not only revisits his past but discovers the betrayal that tore Elena away. A heartbreaking retelling of the loves that haunt and inspire us always.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Essentials

    A classic...the friendship between the boy and the old man is one of the most memorable screen relationships of all time. I saw the theatrical cut first, and must admit that I prefer it to the also included director's cut...both are wonderful, but the story is cleaner and tighter in the short version. Here is a beautiful film, not to be missed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My All Time Favorite Movie

    I enjoyed both the theatrical version and the director's version. However the director's ending changes the story. This is a must see movie. It revolves around Toto's relationship with Alfredo and the movie theater, but there's also more to it. Such as Toto's love for Elena which does not change in the end. It shows that when you truly love someone there is no other person for you.

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