Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso

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Director: Giuseppe Tornatore

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

     
 

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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 leftSee more details below

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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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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:
01/04/2009
UPC:
5027035005430
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
NR
Source:
Ais
Time:
1:58:00

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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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