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
The new film projector installed after the fire accident in the projector room is a model Victoria IV manufactured by Cinemeccanica S.p.a, Milano, Italy. See more »
Toto as a child is shown to be left-handed during the school examination sequence, but as a young man he is right-handed as he marks off the days on the calendar. In addition, when in the army, he fires the rifle right-handed. See more »
Maria Di Vita - Older:
[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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Movies can wield a strange power over those who sit in the darkened seats of
a theatre. The truly great ones manipulate your perception of reality,
suspend your disbelief, and ultimately either alter or affirm your view on
life. NUOVO CINEMA PARADISO is just such a movie. It is the near-perfect
melding of direction, acting, script, sound track, and cinematography.
Phillipe Noiret and Salvatore Cascio give the kind of performances usually
associated with much more recognizable actors. The supporting cast looks
like they could all be full-blooded Sicilians. The location shots add depth
and realism to the entire production. Ennio Morricone's music is simply the
most appropriate and emotive I have ever had the pleasure to hear in a
theatre. Tornatore's script and direction are a joy, a breath of fresh air.
I will not spoil this story by repeating it, nor will I give away the
ending, although it matters not a whit. I could disclose fully everything
in this movie, and in seeing it, all my words would evaporate. There is
nothing like the experience of sitting through it, becoming engulfed by it,
and in the end, being changed.
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