Cinema Paradiso (Extended Cut)
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Giuseppe Tornatore's film follows young Toto as he grows into a man in wartime Italy. He strikes up a friendship with Alfredo, the town projectionist. Toto loves film, and more than that he loves the cinema (they are two separate entities linked together by a common thread) and so after much persuasion and plenty of headaches, Toto convinces Alfredo to teach him the ropes of showing films. As Toto falls further in love with the world depicted on the screen in front of him, his own life begins to mirror that which he sees on screen. His life moves on, obviously, and yet his love for film and the effect that it has had on his life (including the memory of Alfredo) never leaves him.
Tornatore magically weaves a fully fleshed out story that feels so complete and relatable. He finds a way to make Toto's unique childhood feel warm and inviting and, most importantly, relatable. We can feel the same joys that Toto feels as he allows the warmth of film to fill his soul, and as he ages, loves, loses and moves on we can feel the nostalgic emotional connection to the life he left behind and the memories that he holds so dear.
Philippe Noiret delivers one of the finest performances put to film as the paternal Alfredo. He grounds the film, giving a moral backdrop and serving a key purpose in the film's storytelling.Read more ›
A film like this is all the sweeter if you recognize most of the people in it, and of course if you really enjoy foreign film. In the time when this film was new, America was really not the Land of Foreign Film Lovers. I bemoaned that, especially in my town, and missed this film. In fact, I just saw it for the first time yesterday.
This film also reaches out and grabs any film buff. In a way, it's a superior type of fanboy or fangirl sentiment, speaking to the way film found a home in us - after we found a home in film. This is a fine offering and you cannot miss it if you've never seen it. If you did see it way back when, see it again - you'll remember why you loved it.
With the delightful and comitragic talents of the great Antonella Attili, Enzo Cannavale, Leopoldo Trieste, Nicola DiPinto and the Albert Einstein lookalike Philippe Noiret, one of my perennial favorites.
My title quotes something one of the characters said. In the end of course he did know - see if you can catch that scene.
The frame of the story is a reminiscence by a highly successful film maker, who learns of the death of one of his greatest friends - a friend, a father replacement, and mentor in life. He goes back to his time as a young boy, when much of the town was war rubble. At the center of village life was a cinema, where just about everyone went for a vicarious communal experience, vividly portrayed in the boy's observations. The projector is run by a wonderful man, played by Noiret, who takes the boy under his wing. Their relationship is touching, yet not at all sentimental: the boy has to work his way in by guile, the man offers him advice in work and life, often by quoting lines from American movies, always joking yet with serious messages. It is a perfect balance. Of course, the boy grows up and had to go his own way, with a kick from Noiret.
This is destined to be a classic. However, it did play a bit too long about the film experiences, I felt. Warmly recommended.
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I see this at least once every year, and cry every single time. I love this movie with all my heart. I would beg anyone with a love of real movies, to go and see this.Published 6 months ago by Martina Ruiz
This is a must see and a very important film to watch. A must have for any video library. I have seen it many times and every time I have see it it has taken me away from this... Read morePublished 6 months ago by penpal
This DVD provides exceptionally poor video quality. The review is about this, not the movie itself, which would rate as four stars.Published 7 months ago by David A. Martin
Extended cut version fills in some details about the relationship between Toto and Elena. He is not stalking her. It also includes digital version with digital ultraviolet.Published 7 months ago by Hi Customer
My father introduced me to this movie when I was in my 20s. You have to enjoy movies with subtitles. Very funny. Definitely worth watching.Published 11 months ago by Virginia C. Goodwin