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Cinema Paradiso (1988)
"Nuovo Cinema Paradiso" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  23 February 1990 (USA)
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A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist.

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Cast

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Enzo Cannavale ...
Isa Danieli ...
Anna
Leo Gullotta ...
Usher
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Pupella Maggio ...
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Leopoldo Trieste ...
Father Adelfio
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Tano Cimarosa ...
Blacksmith
Nicola Di Pinto ...
Village Idiot
Roberta Lena ...
Lia
Nino Terzo ...
Peppino's Father
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Storyline

A famous film director remembers his childhood at the Cinema Paradiso where Alfredo, the projectionist, first brought about his love of films. He returns home to his Sicilian village for the first time after almost 30 years and is reminded of his first love, Elena, who disappeared from his life before he left for Rome. Written by Graeme Roy <gsr@cbmamiga.demon.co.uk>

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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

Opening Weekend:

$25,899 (USA) (14 June 2002)

Gross:

$392,045 (USA) (26 July 2002)
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| (Europa Cinema Festival) | (cut theatrical)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

By the end of the twelve month period for 1924, Italy's entire film output had not exceed 20 titles. As 220 titles were released during 1920, by 1924, Italian cinema was slowly dying. See more »

Goofs

When the film is borrowed from a neighboring theater, we see that the projector is apparently located in the balcony of the theater, not in an enclosed projection room. Furthermore, the projector has a "magnetic penthouse" sound pickup, an attachment used to play early stereophonic prints. This process would not be invented until 1953 and not used widely until years after nitrate film was phased out. See more »

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[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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Love Theme
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1 July 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This 1988 Italian film (released in the US in 1990), is back with a full 51 minutes added on. This seemed like a stupid idea...there was nothing wrong with the original. The directors cut (which was 1/2 hour longer) was considered a mess. Also, for this release, an extra 1/2 hour was added! I expected the worse. Well, I was pleasantly surprised that this 3 hour version is better than the 2 hour one.

This story follows the life of Salvatore. He's born in a tiny Italian village and we see him as a little boy in the 1930s, an adolescent in the 40s-50s and an adult in the 80s. It basically is about his love of movies and the one true love of his life--Elena. They are in love but she comes from a rich family and he lives in poverty. How can they be together?

POSSIBLE MINOR SPOILER IN NEXT PARAGRAPH!!!!

The cut movie in the US excised a lot of the Elena subplot and concentrated on Salvatore's love of movies. There's nothing wrong with that, but Elena disappears quite suddenly. This full version explains what happened between them and fleshes out the characters more. It also reveals a crucial surprise at the end.

The performances are all fantastic--especially by the gorgeous young actor playing Salvatore as a teenager. Elena is also stunning. The film has beautiful cinematography and a haunting music score. The 3 hours flew by for me. I didn't want it to end!

So...beautiful music, attractive stars, good acting, compelling story and some incredible romantic sequences. A must-see!!!!

Bring plenty of Kleenex though--I cried a least 5 times!


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