Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso

(Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)
(1988)

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

Wordwide hit and winner of the 1990 Oscar for Best Foreign film, this Italian comedy-drama follows a cinefile and his life-long love affair with the movies. ... More

"The film divides into three parts, corresponding to the three ages of cineaste-hero Salvatore. As an adorable 10-year-old moppet (first-timer Salvatore Cascio), the boy sneaks into the parochial Paradise Cinema to watch a priest (Leopoldo Trieste) snip out all the kissing scenes. He worms his way into the heart of crusty peasant projectionist Alfredo (a well-balanced Philippe Noiret) who speaks in film dialog... Second part shows Salvatore as a teenager in love with a blond banker's daughter (Agnese Nano). Last is Salvatore as white-haired Jacques Perrin, now a famous film director. He returns to Sicily for Alfredo's funeral and finds his long lost love, now played by Brigitte Fossey." (Variety)Hide

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  • Anyone who loves movies is likely to love Cinema Paradiso. Full Review

  • Breaking through anti-arthouse prejudice with its simple love of cinema, this is worth a look even for those who can't stand foreign films. And then there's the exhilarating kiss-clip finale. Full Review

  • It's a shining valentine to the movies--full of homages, collages and swooningly romantic Ennio Morricone music--and it gets right at the messy, impure, wondrous way they capture and enrapture us. Full Review

  • Both Noiret and wildly expressive child actor Cascio hook your affections from the out-set, and it's their superbly engaging onscreen interaction which makes Tornatore's most personal film (shot in his home village) his most successful. Full Review

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