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Cinema Paradiso (1988)

Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (original title)
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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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Giuseppe Tornatore

Writers:

Giuseppe Tornatore (story), Giuseppe Tornatore (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonella Attili ... Maria Di Vita - Younger
Enzo Cannavale Enzo Cannavale ... Spaccafico
Isa Danieli Isa Danieli ... Anna
Leo Gullotta ... Usher
Marco Leonardi ... Salvatore 'Totò' Di Vita - Teenager
Pupella Maggio 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 Roberta Lena ... Lia
Nino Terzo ... Peppino's Father
Jacques Perrin ... Salvatore 'Totò' Di Vita - Adult
Brigitte Fossey ... 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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

23 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cinema Paradiso See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (international)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Irene Papas was considered for the role of the older Maria Di Vita. The role eventually went to Pupella Maggio. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Alternate Versions

The 170 minute version was made available on limited release at U.S. theaters in 2002. See more »

Connections

References Red River (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Fuga, Ricerca e Ritorno - Runaway, Search and Return
Written by Ennio Morricone
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As Good as Movies Get
29 November 1999 | by michaelsjmurphySee all my reviews

Movies can wield a strange power over those who sit in the darkened seats of a theatre. The truly great ones manipulate your perception of reality, suspend your disbelief, and ultimately either alter or affirm your view on life. NUOVO CINEMA PARADISO is just such a movie. It is the near-perfect melding of direction, acting, script, sound track, and cinematography. Phillipe Noiret and Salvatore Cascio give the kind of performances usually associated with much more recognizable actors. The supporting cast looks like they could all be full-blooded Sicilians. The location shots add depth and realism to the entire production. Ennio Morricone's music is simply the most appropriate and emotive I have ever had the pleasure to hear in a theatre. Tornatore's script and direction are a joy, a breath of fresh air.

I will not spoil this story by repeating it, nor will I give away the ending, although it matters not a whit. I could disclose fully everything in this movie, and in seeing it, all my words would evaporate. There is nothing like the experience of sitting through it, becoming engulfed by it, and in the end, being changed.


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