Cinema Paradiso (1988) Italy
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Director:Giuseppe Tornatore
Producer:Franco Cristaldi, Giovanna Romagnoli
Writer:Vanna Paoli, Giuseppe Tornatore
Rating:8.3 (26,256 votes)
Date Added:2006-04-08
Purchased On:2006-08-04
Awards:Won Oscar. Another 18 wins & 12 nominations
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.66:1
Languages:Italian, Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, French, Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, Italian, Dolby Digital 5.1, Commentary by Director Guiseppe Tornatore with Italian film expert Millicent Marcus, Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles:English, Spanish
Giuseppe Tornatore  ...  (Director)
Vanna Paoli, Giuseppe Tornatore  ...  (Writer)
Antonella Attili  ...  Maria (Young)
Enzo Cannavale  ...  Spaccafico
Isa Danieli  ...  Anna
Leo Gullotta  ...  Usher
Marco Leonardi  ...  Salvatore (Adolescent)
Pupella Maggio  ...  Maria (Old)
Agnese Nano  ...  Elena (Adolescent)
Leopoldo Trieste  ...  Father Adelfio
Salvatore Cascio  ...  Salvatore (Child)
Tano Cimarosa  ...  Blacksmith
Nicola Di Pinto  ...  Village Idiot
Roberta Lena  ...  Lia
Nino Terzo  ...  Peppino's Father
Jacques Perrin  ...  Salvatore (Adult)
Philippe Noiret  ...  Alfredo
Brigitte Fossey  ...  Elena Mendola - Adult
Comments: A celebration of youth, friendship, and the everlasting magic of the movies.

Summary: Giuseppe Tornatore's beautiful 1988 film about a little boy's love affair with the movies deservedly won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film and a Special Jury Prize at Cannes. Philippe Noiret plays a grizzled old projectionist who takes pride in his presentation of screen dreams for a town still recovering from World War II. When a child (Jacques Perrin) demonstrates fascination not only for movies but also for the process of showing them to an audience, a lifelong friendship is struck. This isn't just one of those films for people who are already in love with the cinema. But if you are one of those folks, the emotional resonance between the action in Tornatore's world and the images on Noiret's screen will seem all the greater--and the finale all the more powerful. --Tom Keogh