Cinema Paradiso ()

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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Maria Di Vita - Younger
Salvatore 'Totò' Di Vita - Teenager
Maria Di Vita - Older
Elena Mendola
Father Adelfio
Salvatore 'Totò' Di Vita - Child
Village Idiot
Peppino's Father
Salvatore 'Totò' Di Vita - Adult
Nellina Laganà
Turi Giuffrida
Mariella Lo Giudice
Giorgio Libassi
Beatrice Palme
Ignazio Pappalardo
Angela Leontini
Margherita Mignemi
Giuseppe Pellegrino
Turi Killer
Angelo Tosto
Concetta Borpagano
Franco Catalano
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elena Mendola - Adult (uncredited)
Projectionist (uncredited)

Directed by

Giuseppe Tornatore

Written by

Giuseppe Tornatore ... (story)
Giuseppe Tornatore ... (screenplay)
Vanna Paoli ... (collaborating writer)

Produced by

Gabriella Carosio ... delegate producer: RAI
Franco Cristaldi ... producer (produced by)
Giovanna Romagnoli ... producer

Music by

Ennio Morricone

Cinematography by

Blasco Giurato

Film Editing by

Mario Morra

Editorial Department

Giancarlo Carotenuto ... editor: fine cut
Ida Cruciani ... assistant editor
Giancarlo Mammetti ... color technician
Luca Montanari ... assistant editor
Roberto Priori ... assistant editor
Stefano Quaglia ... assistant editor

Production Design by

Andrea Crisanti

Costume Design by

Beatrice Bordone

Makeup Department

Laura Borselli ... assistant makeup artist (as Laura Borzelli)
Paolo Borselli ... hair stylist (as Paolo Borzelli)
Maurizio Trani ... makeup artist

Production Management

Mino Barbera ... general manager
Romualdo Buzzanca ... production manager (as Aldo Buzzanca)
Eleonora Comencini ... production manager
Salvo Lupo ... production supervisor
Aureliano Luppi ... production supervisor
Vittorio Noia ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Giuseppe Giglietti ... assistant director
Pietra Tornatore ... second assistant director

Art Department

Fabio Bonzi ... assistant production designer
Benito Leonardi ... construction foreman (as Benito Isonardi)
Marco Maggi ... constructor
Alberto Michettoni ... first property master
Cinzia Milani ... assistant art director
Marcellino Nolfo ... second property master (as Marcello Molfo)
Raffaele Pantaleo ... construction foreman
Porfirio Perrone ... constructor
Oreste Quercioli ... set painter
Marina Zalapi ... assistant production designer

Sound Department

Luciano Anzellotti ... foley artist
Massimo Anzellotti ... sound effects editor
Annia Bargagli ... dubbing assistant
Alberto Doni ... sound mixer
Richard Epcar ... english voice director
Franco Finetti ... sound engineer
Massimo Loffredi ... sound recordist
Stefano Nissolino ... sound dubbing
Giulio Viggiani ... boom operator
Dan Edelstein ... supervising sound editor: special edition re-release (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Danilo Bollettini ... special effects technician
Giovanni Corridori ... special effects coordinator (as Corridori)


Angelo Ragusa ... stunt double

Camera and Electrical Department

Luca Biamonte ... still photographer
Nazzareno Brescini ... chief electrician (as Neno Brescini)
Giuseppe Di Biase ... camera operator (as Giuseppe Di Blase)
Claudio Diamanti ... grip
Fabio Lanciotti ... assistant camera
Carlo Passari ... first assistant camera
Giuseppe Petrignani ... key grip
Giuseppe Sciarra ... electrician
Giuseppe Sgarra ... electrician
Elio Tolles ... electrician
Doriano Torriero ... grip

Animation Department

Alvaro Passeri ... animator

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Jacopo Bellini ... assistant seamstress
Luigi Bonanno ... costume assistant
Amedeo Monti ... seamstress

Music Department

John M. Davis ... music editor: director's cut
Enrico DeMelis ... general music coordinator (as Enrico De Melis)
Unione Musicisti Di Roma ... orchestra
Marianne Eckstein ... flute
Franco Finetti ... sound designer
Baldo Maestri ... alto saxophone / clarinet
Sergio Marcotulli ... sound designer
Andrea Morricone ... composer: love theme
Enrico Pieranunzi ... piano
Alberto Pomeranz ... piano
Francesco Romano ... guitar
Franco Tamponi ... musician: violin

Script and Continuity Department

Lillo Capoano ... continuity director
Jacqueline Perrier ... continuity

Additional Crew

Nestore Baratella ... administrator
Cesare Barbetti ... dubbing director / voice dubbing: Jacques Perrin
Annia Bargagli ... dubbing assistant
Luigi Biamonte ... press agent
Riccardo Caneva ... coordinator
Claudia Catani ... voice dubbing: Agnese Nano
Vittorio Di Prima ... voice dubbing: Philippe Noiret
Richard Epcar ... writer
Vittoria Febbi ... voice dubbing: Brigitte Fossey
Elizabetta Gizzi ... administrator (as Elisabetta Gizzi)
Francesco Liberati ... production secretary
Fabrizio Manfredi ... voice dubbing: Marco Leonardi
Bruno Morganti ... production secretary
Vanna Paoli ... researcher: film clips
Carla Pettini ... coordination secretary
Alba Maria Ruggeri ... cashier
Luciano Vittori ... print production
Peter Fernandez ... voice director (uncredited)
John Marshall ... subtitle script and timing (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines A celebration of youth, friendship, and the everlasting magic of the movies. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Le Cinema Paradis (France)
  • Cinéma Paradiso (France)
  • Cinema Paradiso (Egypt, English title)
  • Cinema Paradiso (Singapore, English title)
  • Cinema Paradiso: The New Version (United States)
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  • 155 min
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Budget $5,000,000 (estimated)

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Trivia The film was shot in Bagheria, Sicily, Giuseppe Tornatore's hometown. The director largely drew on his childhood experiences there as inspiration for the film. See more »
Goofs When Toto is young, the films that Alfredo gave him catch fire. They burn and ruin the only picture that his mother had of his father. When Toto is a grown up, this "burnt" picture is hanged on the wall totally unharmed. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Lo schermo a tre punte (1995). See more »
Soundtracks Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (Titoli) See more »
Quotes Alfredo: Living here day by day, you think it's the center of the world. You believe nothing will ever change. Then you leave: a year, two years. When you come back, everything's changed. The thread's broken. What you came to find isn't there. What was yours is gone. You have to go away for a long time... many years... before you can come back and find your people. The land where you were born. But now, no. It's not possible. Right now you're blinder than I am.
Salvatore: Who said that? Gary Cooper? James Stewart? Henry Fonda? Eh?
Alfredo: No, Toto. Nobody said it. This time it's all me. Life isn't like in the movies. Life... is much harder.
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