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The Italian classic is 25 years old this year. We'd like to hear what you think of it
What's the single greatest factor behind the enduring appeal of Cinema Paradiso? Its celebration of the power of cinema? The atmospheric Sicilian locations? The spellbinding performances from Philippe Noiret and Salvatore Cascio?
To celebrate the 25th anniversary release of the film, next week we'll be collecting together readers' reviews of the film, its impact and its legacy. If you'd like to contribute, use the form below to tell us, in no more than 300 words, what you think of Cinema Paradiso.
We'll be publishing the best submissions on theguardian.com/film – and we've got a couple of copies of the 25th anniversary edition on Blu-Ray to give away to the two readers whose submissions we like best. Submit yours by 5pm on Monday 9 December to be in with a chance of receiving the film on Blu-Ray. »
- Adam Boult
The release of Cinema Paradiso was the point at which foreign-language film developed a new sheen for global audiences – complete with heartwarming stories and a hint of the exotic
• Cinema Paradiso: watch the trailer for the 25th anniversary edition
From the start, Cinema Paradiso carries itself like one of the classics its adorable scamp gazes at, open-mouthed, from the projection room. It has an adorable scamp, for starters – and plenty besides: the timeless Sicilian locations, the Felliniesque social carnival, the thunderbolt love affair, humanism lashed about as freely as olive oil. Giuseppe Tornatore's film is a cosy passeggiata down a celluloid Möbius strip looping art into life. When it arrived in the Us in February 1990 – all gilded sequences and grand themes – it seemed like the distillation of the idea of classic foreign cinema.
The two-hour cut – simplifying the characterisation, »
- Phil Hoad
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Kicking off our coverage of the 25th anniversary of the perennially popular Italian classic, we catch up with Salvatore Cascio, who played the saucer-eyed Totò as a child
• Cinema Paradiso: watch the trailer for the 25th anniversary edition
• Hats off! The Observer's 2000 interview with Philippe Noiret
In 1988, during the first round of auditions to cast the lead boy in his next film, the director Giuseppe Tornatore asked eight-year-old Salvatore Cascio what cinema meant to him. The young Cascio thought for a moment. "For me," he said, "cinema is like an enormous television."
"He looked a bit taken aback, and then he laughed," says Cascio, now 34, and speaking from his home near the Sicilian town of Palazzo Adriano, where Tornatore shot much of Cinema Paradiso. "I'd never even been to the cinema before – I didn't really know what it was. So I think my answer amused him. Perhaps it's what got me the part. »
- Laura Barnett
Observer film critic Philip French explores the dreamlike qualities of the cinema
From early in the 20th century, cinemas became prominent features of the urban landscape and later, in the form of drive-ins, of the American countryside. As the late John Updike observed in his poem Movie House:
No windows intrude real light
Into this temple of shades, and the size of it,
The size of the great rear wall measures
The breadth of the dreams we have there.
It dwarfs the village bank,
Out looms the town hall,
And even in its decline
Makes the bright-ceilinged supermarket seem mean.
Very soon cinemas began to appear in the films themselves, as dream palaces to escape the world, trysting places for lovers, temporary refuges for fugitives, secret rendezvous for spies, or just places in which to work, most suggestively as that key cultural figure, the projectionist.
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Nobody can have truly claimed to have loved a film until they have experienced the majesty of Cinema Paradiso. Stunning on every level, Giuseppe Tornatore’s love letter to film and love itself is about to reach the age of 25, and in celebration of this milestone, the lovely folks at Arrow Films are giving it the respect it deserves. Cinema Paradiso has undergone a lovely restoration for the big screen and will be released on 13th December in the UK. This re-release trailer is enough to cover any viewer in goosebumps, mostly thanks to the unforgettable score of Ennio Morricone. If you’re yet to see this gorgeous film, then there’s no better time or place for your first encounter.
Source: Arrow Films
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- Luke Ryan Baldock
Los Cabos – Three awaited Mexican movies – “Mexico’s Most Wanted,” “Flying Low” and “Natural Philosophy of Love” – all world preem at the 2nd Baja International Film Festival whose Hollywood industry presence underscores that the U.S. is at least beginning to take Mexico’s talent pool more seriously.
Baja’s U.S. presence includes Jeff Skoll’s Participant Media, agencies CAA, Paradigm, Management 360, investor Palmstar Media Capital/Merced Media Partners and sales agents Voltage Pictures, Panorama Media, Xyz Films, FiGa Films and Shoreline Entertainment.
Produced by Billy and Fernando Rovzar’s Lemon Films (“After Lucia,” “Saving Private Perez”), “Mexico’s Most Wanted” is Im Global/Canana’s Mundial first third-party sales pick-up out of Canana’s native Mexico.
A propulsive crime thriller, “Wanted” also reps Lemon’s »
- John Hopewell
Another 12 months have gone whizzing by and over the next few days, plenty of reels and discs will go whizzing through projectors and players, as the Cork Film Festival gets into swing. As I do every year, I've hand picked a selection of movies that are worth checking out! To purchase tickets click here So lets get cracking. November 12th Moon Man - Triskel Christchurch - 1100 A fantastical animated movie, with a style that Tim Burton would be proud of, tells the story of The Man in the Moon coming to Earth. The visual style alone is worthy of your attention! Cinema Paradiso - Cork Opera House - 1730 Idolised and loved for many years, Paradiso is one of the few genuine love letters to cinema and this is a great opportunity to see the Cannes Grand Jury prize winner, on the big screen. Don Jon - Gate Cinema - 2100 The first movie »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
Everyone loves to hate on child actors. While their performances can be cringe-worthy, there have been moments of occasional stone cold badassery that have been entirely overlooked. From firefighting to astronauts to assassins, kids in movies have accomplished a lot more than we’ve given them credit for over the years.
Here are 10 of the baddest kids in cinema – the ones you want to call when things get rough (and if the Ghostbusters aren’t available)…
10. Totò – Cinema Paradiso
I thought it would be appropriate to begin this list with the moment that started it all: the big f*ck-off fire from Cinema Paradiso. The highly flammable celluloid has finally made good on the foreshadowing earlier; the Cinema Paradiso is burning down. Thanks to an adrenaline rush and a serious dose of awesome, scrawny, ten-year-old Totò braves the flames to save best friend. A best friend, by the way, who »
- Katherine Koba
Clint Eastwood Western persona co-creator dead at 87: Luciano Vincenzoni (photo: Clint Eastwood in ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’) Screenwriter Luciano Vincenzoni, whose nearly five-decade career included collaborations with Mario Monicelli, Pietro Germi, and Sergio Leone, died of cancer on Sunday, September 22, 2013, in Rome. Vincenzoni (born on March 7, 1926, in Treviso, near Venice) was 87. In the late ’50s, Luciano Vincenzoni co-wrote Mario Monicelli’s The Great War / La Grande guerra (1959), a humorous (if overlong) World War I comedy-drama starring Vittorio Gassman and Alberto Sordi as reluctant conscripts that earned a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award nomination and the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival (tied with Roberto Rossellini’s Il Generale della Rovere). Vincenzoni was also partly responsible for the screenplay of two well-regarded Pietro Germi movies: the omnibus comedy of manners The Birds, the Bees and the Italians / Signore & signori (1966), featuring Virna Lisi and Franco Fabrizi, »
- Andre Soares
From "Forbidden Games" to "Cinema Paradiso," "Kolya" to "In a Better World," the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race has long been friendly to films driven by child protagonists -- the more winsome the kid, the better. Last year saw a harder-edged variation on the formula succeed, as Canada's child-soldier drama "War Witch" scored a nod. This year, however, voters are already spoilt for choice when its comes to determining this year's semi-annual child's-eye slot; I've already lost count of the number of times I've typed "coming of age" during this year's submission process. So far, we have Australia's popular "The »
- Guy Lodge
Over the weekend, Mexican comedy Instructions Not Included continued its incredible box office run, finishing in third place in only 717 theaters. The film, about an Acapulco playboy who’s forced to raise a daughter he didn’t know he had, has now grossed over $21 million, and thanks to its “A+” CinemaScore grade, it’s poised to surpass Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth as the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever in the U.S.
We sat down with Instructions’ writer/director/star Eugenio Derbez to get his perspective on its runaway success north of the border.
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- Grady Smith
Wong Kar-Wai's "The Grandmaster," now being officially presented by Martin Scorsese, is getting an ambitious release from the Weinstein Company, taking the chance that subtitles won't be a barrier in reaching a wider audience. Moviegoers have not had much access to high-budget prestige martial arts films since Ang Lee's spectacular 2000 success with "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." With all the recent major hits from the Weinstein Company (while French, silent "The Artist" was less foreign), one area that that hasn't quite replicated earlier Miramax success is subtitled films. In its heyday in the 1990s, the company transformed the normally limited market for foreign language pictures, starting with "Cinema Paradiso" in 1990 and then later "Il Postino," which both grossed over $10 million (a rare achievement today, even with higher ticket prices), and prestige successes like "Farewell My Concubine" and Kieslowski's "Three Colors" series. Miramax peaked with Roberto Begnini's »
- Tom Brueggemann
I can't tell you how happy I am that I had to start giving clues before anyone got all the titles correct in this latest "Guess the Movies" game. It's so much more fun when you all can't get the movies right away and have to start working together and discussing each title. The dissension over whether or not #10 was Batman Begins or not was great all on its own, and just as great was the difficulty some had with #15 and #25 and how long it took to get #14. That said, you can trust my next one will be even harder. This time around #13 was the big stumper, but my goal for the next one will be to have at least three that I need to give clues for before you'll able to get them. However, for now, let's all give a hearty congratulations to Andre Marques who was the first »
- Brad Brevet
Have you ever been watching a movie and thought, Boy, I'd really like to see a movie right now? Slacktory's "Movies in Movies" supercut addresses just that by cutting together scenes from 93 movies involving the watching of movies. With clips from movies like The Purple Rose of Cairo, Ed Wood, True Romance, and Cinema Paradiso, the result is a beautiful tribute to films' tribute to film. Now we just need a supercut of people watching this in a movie theater and everything will be the most meta. »
- Jesse David Fox
Quentin Tarantino fans, rejoice! Thanks to a freshly sealed deal with Amazon, hundreds of Miramax titles, including Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction," "Jackie Brown," "Kill Bill" and "Reservoir Dogs" are now available on Amazon Prime Instant. Other films in the package include "Amélie," "Life Is Beautiful," "Trainspotting," "Emma," "Cinema Paradiso," "Clerks" and "The English Patient." The deal benefits Miramax, which is trying to capitalize on its rich film library, and Amazon, which is aggressively trying to compete with other streaming services such as Netflix. Read More: "Spring Breakers" Hits #1 in iTunes Store, Tops "Despicable Me" The Amazon deal is not exclusive. In 2011, Miramax inked a similar deal with Netflix. Last month, Amazon nabbed Viacom titles after Netflix dropped its licensing deal, and added exclusive rights to the third season of "Downton Abbey." Amazon Prime is already promoting the Miramax titles on its home page. Still, the top movies on Amazon Prime at the moment. »
- Paula Bernstein
Rome – Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Best Offer was the big winner at the 67th Nastri d’Argento (Silver Ribbon) awards -- Europe’s oldest film honors -- taking home awards in six of the nine categories where it was entered, including Best Film and a prize for Best Score for iconic composer Ennio Morricone. The film, directed by the Oscar-winning director of Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, tells the story of an eccentric auctioneer, played by Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush, who becomes obsessed with a reclusive heiress (played by Sylvia Hoeks). Before its Nastri d’Argento successes, the film previously dominated Italy’s David di Donatello awards.
- Eric J. Lyman
Blockbuster director Roland Emmerich ("White House Down," "2012," "Independence Day") is Moviefone's Guest Editor from June 24 - 28. Look for more videos -- and some "White House Down" secrets -- from him throughout the week.
Think Roland Emmerich is only interested in movies about world-ending destruction and extreme action scenarios? Think again. The writer/director has some films -- past and present -- that he would love to have made and would love to make.
From a historical drama documenting the Stonewall Riots (the NYC event marking the beginning of the gay-rights movement) to an Academy Award-winning '80s Italian-language classic ("Cinema Paradiso"), Emmerich would love to break the mold that Hollywood has put him in and flex his directorial muscle in genres outside of sci-fi and action.
In the video above, Emmerich explains the plight of director typecasting and the reveals the Spielberg classic he most wishes he'd made.
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