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The 25 greatest movies about making movies

Mark Harrison May 19, 2017

From the currently playing Their Finest to the likes of Bowfinger and Boogie Nights, we salute the movies about making movies...

If you haven't caught up yet, Their Finest is currently playing in UK cinemas and it's a gorgeous little love letter to perseverance through storytelling, set against the backdrop of a film production office at the British Ministry of Information during the Second World War. Based on Lissa Evans' novel, Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy play characters whose access to the film industry has been contingent on the global crisis that takes other young men away from such trifling matters, and it's a real joy to watch.

Among other things, the film got us thinking about other films about making films. We're not talking about documentaries, even though Hearts Of Darkness, the documentary about the making of Apocalypse Now, may be the greatest film about
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Cinema Paradiso

Giuseppe Tornatore’s ode to the Italian love of movies was a major hit here in 1990, despite being severely cut by Miramax. In 2002 the director reworked his long version into an almost three-hour sentimental epic that enlarges the film’s scope and deepens its sentiments.

Cinema Paradiso

Region B Blu-ray

Arrow Academy

1988 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / Special Edition / 174, 155, 124 min. /

Nuovo cinema Paradiso / Street Date March 21, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Philippe Noiret, Antonella Attili, Salvatore Cascio, Marco Leonardi, Jacques Perrin, Agnese Nano, Brigitte Fossey, Pupella Maggio, Leopoldo Trieste

Cinematography: Blasco Giurato

Production Designer: Andrea Crisanti

Film Editor: Mario Morra

Original Music: Ennio and Andrea Morricone

Produced by Mino Barbera, Franco Cristaldi, Giovanna Romagnoli

Written and Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore

Your average foreign import movie, it seems, makes a brief splash around Oscar time and then disappears as if down a rabbit hole. A few years back I saw a fantastic Argentine movie called The Secret in Their Eyes.
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Cinema Paradiso: Invisible Costume

Cinema Paradiso is a beautiful examination of the relationship human beings have with film. This connection is explored through the story of a young boy and his friendship with the projectionist at the town’s local cinema. The strength of this friendship is only surpassed in intensity by the boy’s deep desire to become a part of the world of movie making. This is a story not about the medium of film in itself, but about the real people whose lives are illuminated by the stories it relates.

As a tale primarily of ordinary Roma people, the costumes in Cinema Paradiso, as designed by Beatrice Bordone, help create a 1940s/50’s period world where this can be accepted without question. These people are not wealthy or fashionable; they are not movie stars and they are probably never going to leave their home town or make a huge impact upon the world.
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Giuseppe Tornatore: The Hollywood Interview

Giuseppe Tornatore Remembers as Cinema Paradiso Turns 25

By Alex Simon

Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso won the 1990 Best Foreign Film Oscar after setting box office records the previous year all over the world. Paradiso had a rough journey on its road to glory, however, with the then-32 year-old writer/director being forced to cut nearly 30 minutes from its original running time and facing critical excoriation and box office indifference upon its original release in Italy. It’s a fitting metaphor for a film that has become a classic tale about fate, perseverance, and destiny.

Set in Sicily beginning in the years just after Ww II to the late 1950s, and framed by modern-day flashbacks of a renowned film director (French actor/director Jacques Perrin) returning to his Sicilian town for the first time in 30 years, Tornatore’s hero (and alter-ego) is pint-sized Toto, who finds himself obsessed with the movies,
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Review: Cinema Paradiso

This is the @puremovies review of Cinema Paradiso, starring Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili and Isa Danieli, and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. If your spirits need lifting through the cold and dark winter months, the beautifully saturated tones of Guisepe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso are just the ticket to warm the cockles. This classic film, made in 1988 and fully restored to celebrate its 25th anniversary, is Tornatore’s love letter to cinema, and is imbued with the nostalgia for the Italy of bygone days. Based in a small Sicilian town, Cinema Paradiso explores how film can bind a community, as witnessed by the film’s protagonist, Salvatore, who works in the local cinema during his formative years. Played by three different actors throughout the different stages of his life, Salvatore experiences firsthand the impact his local cinema has on the small community, creating a microcosm of society where the villagers laugh,
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Cinema Paradiso 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Review

Director: Giueseppe Tornatore,

Starring: Jacques Perrin, Salvatore Cascio, Marco Leonardi, Phillipe Noiret, Agnesse Nano, Leopoldo Trieste, Antonella Attili, Pupella Maggio, Enze Cannavale,

Running Time: 170 minutes (Director’s Cut), 124 Minutes (Theatrical Cut)

Certificate: 15

There simply aren’t enough words in the English language to do Cinema Paradiso justice. Anyone who claims to be a fan of films without having seen it are doing themselves a huge disservice, as Cinema Paradiso is the ultimate love letter to the silver screen. There may be more traditional romantic elements throughout, but it’s the love that filmmaker Salvatore (Cascio, Leonardi, Perrin) feels for movies that truly propel the film along. Cinema Paradiso is so good, that any review risks running into a long string of praise that could easily be interpreted as hyperbole.

Essentially a film of three parts, Cinema Paradiso begins with film director Salvatore Di Vita (Perrin) learning of the death of
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Cinema Paradiso – watch the classic Italian film on demand

Watch Giuseppe Tornatore's nostalgic film about a small Sicilian village cinema that took the world by storm 25 years ago

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

Cinema Paradiso: the little movie that could

We've given it the big buildup, and now it's time to actually watch it ... the Guardian Screening Room is proud to present Giuseppe Tornatore's 1988 classic Cinema Paradiso for your viewing pleasure.

Despite a slightly rocky reception when it was first released in its home country, Cinema Paradiso went on to become a global arthouse blockbuster, and remains perennially popular to this day. It's been restored for its 25th anniversary, so it's a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in its wonderfully romantic and nostalgic vision of smalltown Italy allied to an unquenchable love of the movies themselves.

As if you needed any more encouragement, the legendary Stuart Heritage will be
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Cinema Paradiso – review | Peter Bradshaw

This classic gem of nostaglic cinephilia is a real experience, albeit a sugary one

If ever a movie came from the heart, it was Giuseppe Tornatore's nostalgic Cinema Paradiso (1988) now getting a rerelease to celebrate its silver jubilee. A successful but jaded film director recalls his Sicilian childhood: he was a cheeky scamp called Totò (Salvatore Cascio) helping out in the cinema booth, learning to love movie magic and becoming a friend to the old projectionist Salvatore (Philippe Noiret), in a special place whose movies were censored by the local priest, and whose interior was designed to look like a church, with an altar under the screen. Cinema Paradiso is much loved, though I have occasionally been the man in the Bateman cartoon: the reviewer who confessed to finding Cinema Paradiso a bit sugary and the kid really annoying.

There's a scene in which Salvatore confesses to the appalled
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Cinema Paradiso: readers' reviews

Readers tell us why they love Giuseppe Tornatore's 1988 drama

Cinema Paradiso: the little movie that could

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

Last week we asked readers to let us know what they think of Cinema Paradiso, the much-loved Italian drama which passes its 25th anniversary this month.

We particularly enjoyed these reviews from Dave, Eric Stormoen and Asif Baul – as a thank you we'll be sending the authors a copy of Cinema Paradiso each in the post.

And look out for Stuart Heritage's live watchalong of Cinema Paradiso on Friday at 19:30 UK time.

A meditation on the passage of time

Giuseppe Tornatore both celebrates and mourns life in a small Italian town via a young boy's infatuation with the local fleapit cinema. The story is deceptively simple, but the ending is profound. I recall seeing it for the first time
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Cinema Paradiso: the little movie that could

Twenty-five years ago, a nostalgic Italian film that flopped on release in its own country went on to become a worldwide hit. What was the secret of its success?

Interview with Salvatore Cascio

Cinema Paradiso and the rise of the postcard-arthouse movie

Twenty-five years on, it seems extraordinary that a critically underperforming Italian movie – a nostalgic, sentimental movie about moviegoing, to boot – by an unknown 32-year-old director should, after flopping on initial release in its own country, have gone on to win the Grand Prix at Cannes and the best foreign film Oscar for 1989, and become one of the most successful foreign-language movies of all time.

Stephen Woolley, whose Palace Pictures was responsible for the UK release of Giuseppe Tornatore's Cinema Paradiso, remembers the first time he saw it at an unofficial screening at Cannes, on the recommendation of Harvey Weinstein, whose Miramax company had at that time a
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Re-Viewed: Oscar-winning love letter to movies Cinema Paradiso

Re-Viewed: Oscar-winning love letter to movies Cinema Paradiso
If nostalgia is life through a rose-tinted lens then Cinema Paradiso celebrates that illusion and the power of film to immortalise precious moments. 25 years after its initial release the Italian Oscar-winner returns to the big screen this weekend, lovingly re-mastered and it is sumptuous, highlighting all the richness and texture of good old-fashioned celluloid. In short, it is pure film magic.

The story from writer/director Giuseppe Tornatore is loosely autobiographical, revisiting his childhood in post-war Sicily via the adorably cheeky Salvatore Cascio as Toto. The boy is constantly making a nuisance of himself at home (his father was lost at war) and in the projectionist's booth at the Cinema Paradiso where Alfredo (a wonderfully hangdog turn by French actor Philippe Noiret) tries to convince him that he should turn his mind to higher matters.

Even so, Alfredo is set on a pedestal. Peeking between the curtains Toto sees that
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Cinema Paradiso: contribute to our readers' panel

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.
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Cinema Paradiso and the rise of the postcard-arthouse movie

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

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

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

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.
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Philip French on Cinema Paradiso

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.

Gangster John Dillinger was ambushed
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‘Cinema Paradiso’ 25th Anniversary Trailer & Release Info

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.

Cinema Paradiso is released on 13th December in the UK. It stars Salvatore Cascio, Marco Leonardi, Jacques Perrin, and Philippe Noiret.

Source: Arrow Films

The post ‘Cinema Paradiso’ 25th
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Cinema Paradiso Finale: Valentine's Day Movie Montage

Anna Magnani in (what looks like) Luchino Visconti's Bellissima At the end of Giuseppe Tornatore's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner Cinema Paradiso, small-town projectionist Philippe Noiret has died and the Nuovo Cinema Paradiso has become a pile of rubble. The bratty Italian boy Salvatore Cascio has grown into the classy Frenchman Jacques Perrin (like Noiret, dubbed in Italian), a filmmaker who sits to watch a mysterious reel of film the deceased projectionist had left him. It turns out the reel contains clips from films censored by the prudish local parish priest, whose family values found kisses, embraces, and bare breasts and legs a danger to society. Now, who's doing all that kissing, embracing, and breast/leg-displaying in that film reel? (Please scroll down for the Cinema Paradiso clip.) Here are the ones I recognize: Silvana Mangano and Vittorio Gassman in Giuseppe De Santis' Bitter Rice (1949); Mangano
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Cinema Paradiso Blu-ray Review

The mark of a truly classic film is that its themes and subject matter are timeless, relatable to each successive generation even if the direct circumstances have passed. Cinema Paradiso falls perfectly into that mold. I had often heard that Cinema Paradiso was cinema’s greatest ode to motion pictures, and such could not be more accurate. Hit the jump for our review of Cinema Paradiso on Blu-ray. The film follows Salvatore “Toto” Di Vita as he grows from a young boy (Salvatore Cascio) to a teenager (Marco Leonardi) under the tutelage of the projectionist at the local movie theatre, Alfredo (Philippe Noiret). As a young boy Salvatore would sneak into the movies until Alfredo agreed to teach him the trade. When a projector fire burns down the Cinema Paradiso and takes Alfredo’s sight, a local lottery winner builds a new theater for which Salvatore becomes the new projectionist.
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