Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Frequently Asked Questions
Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore wrote the screenplay.
If you only see the shorter version of the movie, this comment by Alfredo's wife wouldn't make any sense, but it is answered in the extended version. Alfredo was responsible for Toto and Elena not hooking up. Alfredo worked behind the scenes to make sure they never met again. Apparently Toto's mother knew about it but Toto did not. Alfredo told Toto's mother that Toto should never know that Elena really did want to meet him. Alfredo wanted Toto to think that she dumped him so he would pursue his movie vocation and not be distracted by her.
This is another scene that was cut from the movie but is explained in the director's cut. Elena did come; just too late. Toto had just left when she arrived.