Cinema Paradiso [Blu-ray]
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For those who have already seen Cinema Paradiso it needs no introduction. For everybody else, it won the Academy Award for Foreign Language Film in 1989 and features one of the most nostalgic treatments of the role of movies in people's lives. Ennio Morricone's theme song has also been recycled in countless commercials and movie montages and trailers.
What's good about the Director's Cut or "New Version" DVD is that one can view the director's cut with added scenes on one DVD side and the originally released version on the other.
For those of us who wanted some kind of closure to Toto and Elena's relationship, the Director's Cut has it-- there's about an hour more of footage of their relationship. The new version also more footage of Toto's military service and his adulthood. The added scenes somewhat mute the focus of the movie, so I could see why they were originally cut out. But, at the same time, the added scenes fill in the blanks that originally made a lot of us think, "Hey-- What about...?" And although Toto's childhood scenes are, as far as I can tell, unchanged from the original version, we also find out more about Alfredo.
After finishing the New Version I appreciated the original version better. I highly recommend the new version not because it makes Cinema Paradiso more of a masterpiece, but because it adds more characterization to what, arguably, is a masterpiece. The added scenes can be a bit superfluous, but they show how important editorial decisions are to shaping the structure and momentum of a movie.
Initially, the film was considered too long, and massive scenes were cut, removing any and all references to whatever happened to Salvatore's great love, Lina. The original version of the film focused mainly on the young boy, fatherless in post-WWII Sicily, bonding with the childless cinema projectionist, Alfredo. The young Toto grows into the teen-aged Salvatore, who falls in love with the beautiful and unattainable Lina. They are parted. That is the last we see. Salvatore returns to his village many years later to attend the funeral of Alfredo, and the film is told nearly entirely in flashback.
In this version, Salvatore is reunited with his lost love when he returns for the funeral. To think that this entire plot was removed from the film initially is almost unthinkable. There are other parts of the film that could have been edited to keep these additional scenes in. I don't know what the producers, directors or the studio were thinking when they edited a huge part of the movie out.
Well, now the film is complete. Whereas the original version focused mainly on the relationship of Toto and Alfredo, we now see a conclusion to Toto and Lina as well. And, we understand the ending of the film in an entirely, much less sentimental light.Read more ›
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One of the best movies ever. The music is absolutely unforgettable.Published 12 days ago by andreskeik
Charming movie that is a little bit of everything.Published 14 days ago by Andres De La Fuente Duran
The movie is excellent but the vendor sent the incorrect DVD. It was for a foreign region - not U.S.A so it will not play on my machine or computer. Read morePublished 19 days ago by B. Angeles
Beautifully written heart-warming story of passion for all things cinematic.
Excellent depiction of small town Sicilian life in the 50s-80s.
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|Music during film within Cinema Paradiso||
I've been trying to figure the same thing out! I think a version of it is sampled at the very end of "Frontier Psychiatrist" by the Avalanches...
Aug 20, 2009 by R. Howkins | See all 3 posts
Hi, I am not a native italian speaker however, I started dating someone a few years ago who didn't speak english, so i began to learn italian very quickly. Since then I have completed 4 semesters of italian at boston university and I studied abroad in Padova last semester. I speak italian... Read More
Apr 17, 2007 by K. Marusa | See all 4 posts
|Where can I buy the original cut?||
Hi Mark...I just purchased the orginal cut, Italian w/English subtitles from Scandinavian Rare and OOP at Amazon product search site. Just to be sure, I sent an email to inquire and was assured this is the one we have both been looking for, it seems.
It is "Collectible" DVD, Cinema... Read More
Sep 29, 2010 by PJ DeAngelis | See all 4 posts
|Is there a version that is dubbed in English?||
Yes. I have the director's cut and it offers an English dub
Sep 6, 2007 by Shhhh | See all 8 posts
|Are both version of the film spanish subtitled?||
de acuerdo al back cover ambas versiones tienen subs en español...
de todas formas te confirmo apenas llegue mi copia...
Dec 4, 2006 by Luis Cohaila Guzman | See all 12 posts
|Purchased directors cut and DVD gives error message that this DVD cannot...||Be the first to reply|
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