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Cinema Paradiso (1988)

Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (original title)
R | | Drama | 23 February 1990 (USA)
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A filmmaker recalls his childhood when falling in love with the pictures at the cinema of his home village and forms a deep friendship with the cinema's projectionist.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Maria Di Vita - Younger
Enzo Cannavale ... Spaccafico
Isa Danieli ... Anna
Leo Gullotta ... Usher
... Salvatore 'Totò' Di Vita - Teenager
Pupella Maggio ... Maria Di Vita - Older
... Elena Mendola
... Father Adelfio
... Salvatore 'Totò' Di Vita - Child
Tano Cimarosa ... Blacksmith
... Village Idiot
Roberta Lena ... Lia
... Peppino's Father
... Salvatore 'Totò' Di Vita - Adult
... Elena Mendola - Adult
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Storyline

A boy who grew up in a native Sicilian Village returns home as a famous director after receiving news about the death of an old friend. Told in a flashback, Salvatore reminiscences about his childhood and his relationship with Alfredo, a projectionist at Cinema Paradiso. Under the fatherly influence of Alfredo, Salvatore fell in love with film making, with the duo spending many hours discussing about films and Alfredo painstakingly teaching Salvatore the skills that became a stepping stone for the young boy into the world of film making. The film brings the audience through the changes in cinema and the dying trade of traditional film making, editing and screening. It also explores a young boy's dream of leaving his little town to foray into the world outside. Written by Clarisse P.

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A celebration of youth, friendship, and the everlasting magic of the movies.

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Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 February 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cinema Paradiso  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,899, 14 June 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,990,401
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Giuseppe Tornatore: the person working the projection machine when Salvatore is watching the compilation of scenes that Alfredo made for him See more »

Goofs

As a boy and teen, Toto's eyes are dark brown. But, as an adult, during lightning strikes, his eyes are bluish gray. See more »

Quotes

[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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Featured in Making Life Beautiful (1999) See more »

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Cinema in Fiamme - Cinema on Fire (Extended Version)
Written by Ennio Morricone
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A beautiful film about the love of movies and life
16 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

I continue to be moved and deeply touched by this beautiful film from Italy, and I never tire of watching it. I share the lives of Toto and Alfredo, the small Sicilian boy, who loses his father in the second world war, and the older man who runs the projector at the local cinema. Toto lives in a world of make believe, movies, adventure. His dreams take him away from the small Sicilian village where he lives with his mother and sister. Alfredo becomes for him a surrogate father, and the movies, his paralell existence. It is a deceptively simple film, which sweeps you up and carries you along. You never want it to end. And, when it does end, it is with such heartbreaking simplicity, I cannot help being moved to tears. Young Salvatore Cascio is a marvel as the small Toto, a mischievous, impish, adorable child. Phillipe Noiret is unforgettable as the sly and heart-warming Alfredo. You grow up with Toto, until he becomes a famous film director in Rome, and returns to the small village after many years for Alfredo's funeral. It is the story of life, lost love, devotion, friendship, and family. It is unforgettable.


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