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Cinema Paradiso (Extended Cut)

4.5 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews

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A famous Italian filmmaker, haunted by the memories of his first love, returns to his hometown after an absence of 30 years. Upon his return, he reconnects with the community and remembers the highlights and tragedies that shaped his life and inspired him to follow his dream of becoming a filmmaker. For those who have never seen it -- and those who have never forgotten it -- director Giuseppe Tornatore's (BAARIA, THE STAR MAKER) cherished Academy Award®-winning motion picture (1990, Best Foreign Language Film) is now in high definition, fully restored and digitally remastered.

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  • Actors: Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili, Isa Danieli, Leo Gullotta
  • Directors: Giuseppe Tornatore
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: LIONSGATE
  • DVD Release Date: April 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 174 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SIP6E0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,071 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cinema Paradiso (Extended Cut)" on IMDb

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One of the finest films about the enduring love, and need, for cinema, `Cinema Paradiso' is a film about loving movies that makes me love movies! There are few films that can capture every element of nostalgic euphoria while adding layers of emotional relevance, and this is one that nails both aspects in a beautifully balanced film that stands the tests of time and singlehandedly preserves the absolute need for cinema in our lives.

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.
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This is a movie-lover's movie. I grew up in a small Mid-west town with one movie theater. We got some of the movies almost a year after their original release. A cross-section of our town went regularly and it was a social event. Watching this movie reminded me of many nights in our theater. Lots of personalities, we often had the same reaction, laughing, crying etc. In the movie the theater was a gathering point for the diverse personalities of the town. The relationship between the projectionist and the young boy was very touching. As the boy grew to a man, he continued to love his mentor. The final scene viewing all of the scenes that the town priest had banned was wonderful and very emotional. The music was great. The casting and acting made the film fun to watch and it was easy to become emotionally invested. I bought this as a birthday gift for a friend. I wanted to share this experience with her.
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CINEMA PARADISO (a/k/a NUOVO CINEMA PARADISO, in Italian with subtitles, 1989) is a hilarious, often touching Sicilian picture about a sweet film projectionist's life (played as a teen by the stunning Marco Leonardi, played in that present by Jacques Perrin), revolving around the cinema in his little Sicilian village, around his love for film. Most of it is in flashback between that present and the end of WWII. I can see why this story won Oscars.

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.
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This is a wonderful film, about a lonely boy in post-war Sicily, who turns his early passion for movies into a career. It is one of those films that tugs at the heart, with themes of life, love, and moving on yet keeping everything inside. There is not a single moment in the film that doesn't ring true with the deepest emotion and yearning, all while being fun and provocative. Even my kids enjoyed it.

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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