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Salvatore Cascio: 'Cinema Paradiso is about the power of dreams'

2 December 2013 8:25 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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

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Spaghetti Western Screenwriter Who Helped to Launch Eastwood's Movie Career Has Died

26 September 2013 1:42 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

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

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Monica Bellucci Gets "Bazaar"

6 April 2013 9:47 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek Italian actress Monica Bellucci in the March 2013 issue of fashion magazine, "Harper's Bazaar Ukraine".

Bellucci wears dresses from the 2013 spring/summer collection from Dolce & Gabbana.

Bellucci's film career began in the early 1990's, playing roles in "La Riffa" (1991) and "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992).

In 1996 she was nominated for a 'César Award' for best supporting actress for her portrayal of 'Lisa' in "L'Appartement".

This was followed by roles in "Malèna" (2000), "Brotherhood of the Wolf" and "Irréversible" (2002).

She has since played in numerous films including "Tears of the Sun" (2003), "The Matrix Reloaded" (2003), "The Brothers Grimm" (2005), "Le Deuxième souffle" (2007), "Don't Look Back" (2009), and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (2010).

Bellucci dubbed her own voice for the French and Italian releases of the film "Shoot 'Em Up" (2007), also voicing 'Kaileena' in the video game "Prince of Persia: Warrior Within" and the French voice of 'Cappy' for the French version of the 2005 animated feature "Robots".

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- Michael Stevens

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