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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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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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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Director Cameo: [Giuseppe Tornatore]the person working the projection machine when Salvatore is watching the compilation of scenes that Alfredo made for himSee more »
Continuity: When the (adolescent) Salvatore is leaving home on the train, we see Alfredo getting up out of the seat on the platform. The next time we see him, he's seated again, and getting up again.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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What is it that Toto's mother should never tell Toto?
Why didn't Elena show up to meet Toto at the Paradiso at 5PM?
Is this movie based on a book?
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141 out of 155 people found the following review useful.
Personal Favorite, 16 May 1999
Author: *DATo* from St. Louis, USA

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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