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Cinema Paradiso (1988)

Director:
Giuseppe Tornatore
AKA
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso
COUNTRY
Italy
GENRE
Comedy/Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Cinema Paradiso

RUNNING TIME
124 minutes (international cut)

Producer:
Franco Cristaldi
Giovanna Romagnoli
Screenwriter:
Giuseppe Tornatore


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Alfredo Philippe Noiret
Salvatore Di Vita Salvatore Cascio
Teenage Salvatore Di Vita Marco Leonardi

Adult Salvatore Di Vita

Jacques Perrin
Elena Mendola Agnese Nano
Maria Di Vita Antonella Attili
Old Maria Di Vita Pupella Maggio
Spaccafico Enzo Cannavale

 

Review

It's a world of wonder that Guiseppe Tornatore transports us back to in Cinema Paradiso a time and place where trips to the local cinema were the only form of escapism from the scarcities of post-WWII life in the village of Giancaldo, Sicily. This is where little Toto (Salvatore Di Vita) falls in love with the movies and everything they represent. Soon, the cinema's projectionist Alfredo (Philippe Noiret) recognizes this and welcomes Toto in to cultivate his passion for the big screen. Tornatore's direction, as well as the acting, is so stylized and melodramatic that it borders on the counterproductive, but the film has an irresistible enthusiasm and warmth which sucks you in. It's a celebration of movies in general, and more specifically the glory days of the cinema. Cinema Paradiso is at its best when it revolves around young Toto, who is the heart and soul of the film. His spontaneity evokes reminiscing of those wonder years of childhood and the time period in question, for those who were lucky enough to experience it. And the bittersweet ending may be self-indulgent, but it's also poetic. Winner of Best Foreign Language Film at the 62nd Academy Awards.

Copyright 15.02.2020 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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