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Cinema Paradiso (1988)

Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (original title)
R | | Drama | 23 February 1990 (USA)
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A filmmaker recalls his childhood when falling in love with the pictures at the cinema of his home village and forms a deep friendship with the cinema's projectionist.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Maria Di Vita - Younger
Enzo Cannavale ...
Spaccafico
Isa Danieli ...
Anna
Leo Gullotta ...
Usher
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Pupella Maggio ...
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Father Adelfio
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Tano Cimarosa ...
Blacksmith
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Village Idiot
Roberta Lena ...
Lia
Nino Terzo ...
Peppino's Father
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Storyline

A boy who grew up in a native Sicilian Village returns home as a famous director after receiving news about the death of an old friend. Told in a flashback, Salvatore reminiscences about his childhood and his relationship with Alfredo, a projectionist at Cinema Paradiso. Under the fatherly influence of Alfredo, Salvatore fell in love with film making, with the duo spending many hours discussing about films and Alfredo painstakingly teaching Salvatore the skills that became a stepping stone for the young boy into the world of film making. The film brings the audience through the changes in cinema and the dying trade of traditional film making, editing and screening. It also explores a young boy's dream of leaving his little town to foray into the world outside. Written by Clarisse P.

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A celebration of youth, friendship, and the everlasting magic of the movies.

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Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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23 February 1990 (USA)  »

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Cinema Paradiso  »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,552 (USA) (11 November 2013)

Gross:

$11,990,401 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Giuseppe Tornatore acknowledged in the DVD's special features that old Salvatore (played by Jacques Perrin) looked nothing like young Salvatore See more »

Goofs

When Toto is marking the December 1954 calendar in order to check out the day until December 31 to see if Elena Mendola accepts him as a boyfriend,the actor who plays young Toto [Marco Leonardi] is clearly left handed, but when he checks out the days left on the calendar, we see that a right-handed guy [obviously not Marco Leonardi] writes down on it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Maria Di Vita - Older: [in Italian]
[on the phone]
Maria Di Vita - Older: Yes, Salvatore di Vita. You mean you don't know him, Miss? That's right, and I'm his mother. I've been calling from Sicily, all day long. I understand, he's not there.
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Quattro Interludi - Four Interludes
Written by Ennio Morricone
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16 May 1999 | by (St. Louis, USA) – See all my reviews

Whether you are a professional or an amateur it is always wise to avoid superlatives with regard to a movie critique ... but I cannot. 'Cinema Paradiso' is simply the finest movie I have ever seen. Like many who have posted at this site before me I have seen it many many times. It reaches within me to places other movies have never reached and I have often wondered why. Perhaps it is because of it's simplicity. It contains no expensive special effects, it has no gratuitous sex or violence, it has no "multi-millon dollar per performance" actors that I know of, it is arguable whether it even has a story line, and yet it soars far above the nonsense that film makers are producing these days. It's characters are portrayed by each and every actor in award winning style and the music is not only beautiful but absolutely perfect for this film.

It is quite simply the story of a human life and it's tragedies and triumphs within the context of a vocation. A young boy matures and gradually learns the lessons of life, cultivates his passion for the cinema, and is rewarded with professional success; however, he remains unfulfilled for true love has escaped him only to return in the form of a gift of love which transcends time, space, and death to reveal at the closing of the film Toto's one true mistress.

A staggering triumph of both the cinematic art and of story telling and yet there may be found people who do not like this movie .... I tend to keep such people at arms length and maintain a wary eye fixed upon them at all times.


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