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Cinema Paradiso (1988) More at IMDbPro »Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (original title)

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Cinema Paradiso -- 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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23 February 1990 (USA) See more »
A celebration of youth, friendship, and the everlasting magic of the movies.
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Antonella Attili ... Maria Di Vita - Younger
Enzo Cannavale ... Spaccafico
Isa Danieli ... Anna
Leo Gullotta ... Usher

Marco Leonardi ... Salvatore 'Totò' Di Vita - Teenager
Pupella Maggio ... Maria Di Vita - Older

Agnese Nano ... Elena Mendola
Leopoldo Trieste ... Father Adelfio

Salvatore Cascio ... Salvatore 'Totò' Di Vita - Child
Tano Cimarosa ... Blacksmith

Nicola Di Pinto ... Village Idiot
Roberta Lena ... Lia
Nino Terzo ... Peppino's Father

Jacques Perrin ... Salvatore 'Totò' Di Vita - Adult

Brigitte Fossey ... Elena Mendola - Adult

Philippe Noiret ... Alfredo
Nellina Laganà
Turi Giuffrida
Mariella Lo Giudice
Giorgio Libassi
Beatrice Palme
Ignazio Pappalardo
Angela Leontini
Mimmo Mignemi
Margherita Mignemi
Giuseppe Pellegrino
Turi Killer
Angelo Tosto
Concetta Borpagano
Franco Catalano
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... Boxer (archive footage) (uncredited)
Antonio Arcidiacono ... Ntoni (archive footage) (uncredited)
Junie Astor ... Natacha (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ignazio Balsamo ... Francesco Messana (archive footage) (uncredited)

Brigitte Bardot ... Juliete Hardy (archive footage) (uncredited)

John Barrymore ... The Baron (archive footage) (uncredited)
Isa Barzizza ... Toto's Conquest (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ingrid Bergman ... Ivy Peterson (archive footage) (uncredited)

Vilma Bánky ... Yasmin (archive footage) (uncredited)
Clara Calamai ... Ginevra (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mario Castellani ... Jealous Husband (archive footage) (uncredited)
Nicola Castorino ... Nicola (archive footage) (uncredited)

Charles Chaplin ... Referee / The Lone Prospector (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gary Cooper ... Lt. Frederic Henry (archive footage) (uncredited)

Olivia de Havilland ... Maid Marian (archive footage) (uncredited)

Vittorio De Sica ... Count Prospero B. (archive footage) (uncredited)

Kirk Douglas ... Ulysses (archive footage) (uncredited)

Errol Flynn ... Robin Hood (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jean Gabin ... Wasska Pepel (archive footage) (uncredited)

Clark Gable ... Ace Wilfong (archive footage) (uncredited)

Greta Garbo ... Grusinskaya - the Dancer (archive footage) (uncredited)

Vittorio Gassman ... Walter (archive footage) (uncredited)

Massimo Girotti ... Il pretore Guido Schiavi (archive footage) (uncredited)

Farley Granger ... Il tenente Franz Mahler (archive footage) (uncredited)

Cary Grant ... Walter Burns (archive footage) (uncredited)
Georgia Hale ... Georgia (archive footage) (uncredited)

Laurence Harvey ... Joe Lampton (archive footage) (uncredited)

Helen Hayes ... Catherine Barkley (archive footage) (uncredited)

Louis Jouvet ... Le Baron (archive footage) (uncredited)

Anna Magnani ... Maddalena Cecconi (archive footage) (uncredited)

Silvana Mangano ... Anna / Silvana (archive footage) (uncredited)

Marcello Mastroianni ... Mario (archive footage) (uncredited)
Amedeo Nazzari ... Neri Chiaramontesi (archive footage) (uncredited)
Suzy Prim ... Vassilissa Kostyleva (archive footage) (uncredited)

Donna Reed ... Mary Hatch (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jane Russell ... Rio McDonald (archive footage) (uncredited)

Rosalind Russell ... Hildy Johnson (archive footage) (uncredited)
Yvonne Sanson ... Rosa Carrisi (archive footage) (uncredited)

Maria Schell ... Natalia (archive footage) (uncredited)

Norma Shearer ... Jan Ashe (archive footage) (uncredited)

Simone Signoret ... Alice Aisgill (archive footage) (uncredited)

Alberto Sordi ... Alberto (archive footage) (uncredited)

James Stewart ... George Bailey (archive footage) (uncredited)

Giuseppe Tornatore ... Projectionist (uncredited)

Totò ... The Suitor - Disguises Himself as Dummy / Band Leader (archive footage) (uncredited)

Spencer Tracy ... Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Hyde (archive footage) (uncredited)

Claire Trevor ... Dallas (archive footage) (uncredited)

Rudolph Valentino ... The Sheik (archive footage) (uncredited)

Alida Valli ... La contessa Livia Serpieri (archive footage) (uncredited)

John Wayne ... Ringo Kid (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Giuseppe Tornatore 
Writing credits
Giuseppe Tornatore (story)

Giuseppe Tornatore  screenplay and
Vanna Paoli  collaborating writer

Richard Epcar  english version

Produced by
Gabriella Carosio .... delegate producer: RAI
Franco Cristaldi .... producer
Giovanna Romagnoli .... producer
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
Cinematography by
Blasco Giurato 
Film Editing by
Mario Morra 
Production Design by
Andrea Crisanti 
Costume Design by
Beatrice Bordone 
Makeup Department
Laura Borselli .... assistant makeup artist (as Laura Borzelli)
Paolo Borselli .... hair stylist (as Paolo Borzelli)
Maurizio Trani .... makeup artist
Production Management
Mino Barbera .... general manager
Romualdo Buzzanca .... production manager (as Aldo Buzzanca)
Eleonora Comencini .... production manager
Aureliano Luppi .... production supervisor
Salvo Luppo .... production supervisor
Vittorio Noia .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Giuseppe Giglietti .... assistant director
Pietra Tornatore .... second assistant director
Art Department
Fabio Bonzi .... assistant production designer
Benito Leonardi .... construction foreman
Marco Maggi .... constructor
Alberto Michettoni .... first property master
Cinzia Milani .... assistant art director
Marcello Molfo .... second property master
Raffaele Pantaleo .... construction foreman
Porfirio Perrone .... constructor
Oreste Quercioli .... set painter
Marina Zalapi .... assistant production designer
Sound Department
Luciano Anzellotti .... foley artist
Massimo Anzellotti .... sound effects editor
Annia Bargagli .... dubbing assistant
Alberto Doni .... sound mixer
Franco Finetti .... sound engineer
Massimo Loffredi .... sound recordist
Stefano Nissolino .... sound dubbing
Giulio Viggiani .... boom operator
Dan Edelstein .... supervising sound editor: special edition re-release (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Danilo Bollettini .... special effects technician
Giovanni Corridori .... special effects coordinator (as Corridori)
Angelo Ragusa .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Luca Biamonte .... still photographer
Nazzareno Brescini .... chief electrician (as Neno Brescini)
Giuseppe Di Biase .... camera operator
Claudio Diamanti .... grip
Fabio Lanciotti .... assistant camera
Carlo Passari .... first assistant camera
Giuseppe Petrignani .... key grip
Giuseppe Sciarra .... electrician
Giuseppe Sgarra .... electrician
Elio Tolles .... electrician
Doriano Torriero .... grip
Animation Department
Alvaro Passeri .... animator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jacopo Bellini .... assistant seamstress
Luigi Bonanno .... costume assistant
Amedeo Monti .... seamstress
Editorial Department
Ida Cruciani .... assistant editor
Giancarlo Mammetti .... color technician
Luca Montanari .... assistant editor
Stefano Quaglia .... assistant editor
Music Department
John M. Davis .... music editor (director's cut)
Enrico DeMelis .... general music coordinator (as Enrico De Melis)
Andrea Morricone .... composer: love theme
Franco Tamponi .... musician: violin
Other crew
Nestore Baratella .... administrator
Cesare Barbetti .... dubbing director
Cesare Barbetti .... voice dubbing: Jacques Perrin
Luigi Biamonte .... press agent
Riccardo Caneva .... coordinator
Lillo Capoano .... continuity director
Claudia Catani .... voice dubbing: Agnese Nano
Vittorio Di Prima .... voice dubbing: Philippe Noiret
Vittoria Febbi .... voice dubbing: Brigitte Fossey
Peter Fernandez .... voice director (US version)
Elizabetta Gizzi .... administrator (as Elisabetta Gizzi)
Francesco Liberati .... production secretary
Fabrizio Manfredi .... voice dubbing: Marco Leonardi
Bruno Morganti .... production secretary
Vanna Paoli .... researcher: film clips
Carla Pettini .... coordination secretary
Alba Maria Ruggeri .... cashier
Luciano Vittori .... print production

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Nuovo Cinema Paradiso" - Italy (original title)
"Cinema Paradiso: The New Version" - USA (director's cut)
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Rated R for some sexuality (director's cut) (2002)
155 min | Italy:173 min (Europa Cinema Festival) | 124 min (cut theatrical version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:ATP | Argentina:13 (Director's Cut) | Australia:PG | Australia:M (Director's Cut) | Canada:PG | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:S | France:U | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:L | Italy:T | Japan:PG12 (2010) | Mexico:A | Netherlands:9 (2009) (DVD) | Norway:10 | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | Singapore:M18 (director's cut) | South Korea:15 (director's cut) | South Korea:All (original rating) | Spain:T | Sweden:11 | UK:PG | UK:15 (director's cut) | USA:PG (original rating) | USA:R (director's cut) (2002) | West Germany:12

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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 »
Revealing mistakes: When grown up Toto looks at the photos on the wall in his former room you see that Alfredo and young Toto are cut out and glued to the picture of the Paradiso.See more »
[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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42 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Classic, 1 July 2002
Author: preppy-3 from United States

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?


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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