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A famous film director returns home to a Sicilian village for the first time after almost 30 years. He reminisces about his childhood at the Cinema Paradiso here Alfredo, the projectionist, first brought about his love of films. He is also reminded of his lost teenage love, Elena, ho he had to leave before he left for Rome. Cinema Paradiso is one of the most beloved Foreign films of all time! Winner of the 1990 Oscar for Best Foreign Film!
Cinema Paradiso's complex, interwoven tales of wartime Italy, a boy's coming of age, and the history of cinema can be viewed in their entirety on the Director's Cut included in this Deluxe Edition. Director Giuseppe Tornatore's additional 50 minutes of footage provides closure for the saga's detailing Alfredo's death, and Salvatore Di Vita's lost relationship with his teenage love, Elena. Most of the 50 minutes serves as a continuation of the story, rather than as previously deleted scenes. The original, already celebrated Cinema Paradiso follows Toto (Jacques Perrin), a Sicilian boy who persuades the town projectionist, Alfredo (Philippe Noiret), to teach him how to show films. Spanning nearly 50 years, the film craftily draws parallels between Toto's life and those lives he sees on screen. As Toto matures into Salvatore, a successful Italian filmmaker, the Cinema Paradiso ages as well. Salvatore's return home for Alfredo's funeral is also a goodbye to his Paradiso, demolished to become a parking lot. The film's heightened sense of nostalgia subtly mirrors our humanistic love of movies, making it a tribute to cinema as an artistic genre. The Director's Cut can be fulfilling if one felt unsatisfied by the more ambiguous ending of the theatrical release, but it also feels slightly overwrought. Two documentaries in this package feature fans and critics praising Cinema Paradiso, proving its endurance as a classic. However, as Salvatore discovers over the course of the film, there is no need to improve a masterpiece. --Trinie Dalton
- Features both the U.S. theatrical and director's cut versions of the film
- Two new documentaries: "Exploring a Timeless Classic" and "Little Italy Love Story: Cinema Paradiso Style"
- Cucina Paradiso: A Food Network tribute to the film
- Theatrical trailer and director's cut trailer
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This is an amazing movie and can endure the time. The story is still fresh and touching.
This package comes with two discs, one is the theatrical 2 hour version and the director's cut which is almost 3 hours long. The Director's Cut extended the storyline when Toto returns back home to attend Alfredo's funeral. It brings another storyline to the original movie.
This film is subtitled - performed in Italian with English subtitles.
A new revelation the 5th time: those censored film cuts the adult Toto views at the end are not just simply Alfredo's nostalgic and amusing gift, they represent the whole history of cinema in about 2 minutes. Toto recognized that as a filmmaker--you can see it in his face.
Jack Lemmon once said, "You can make them laugh, you can make them cry; if you can make them laugh AND cry, boy oh boy..." That's Cinema Paradiso.
As an added note, I just saw the Director's cut version, and I must say the film is the richer for it--the love scene in the car on the beach at the end with the adult Toto and Elena is one of the most moving and joyful I've ever seen.They found each other again, and you know Elena is destined to spend some time in Rome in the future--no matter what they say.Love conquers all.This is, of course, the real ending. And the nostalgia at the end with the film clips becomes just a postscript. Toto leaves, makes his mark, and comes back to find the girl. Alfredo would have been satisfied with that.The film editors should have ignored their watches.
The devotion of a mother to a husband lost in war, a little boy to an art and to the provider of that art. A town to the images from a far off and very different world. Then this little boy becomes a man constantly looking for the devotion from a woman, that ideal love he discovers from collecting film edits over many years. In life, he can only find love and devotion in the images on a screen.
There is great joy and great regret, the director and writer play your emotions like a drum.
Don't miss this, buy it, give it to people you love or to someone who needs to understand the difference between love and simple lust or infatuation. You laugh and you cry, I'm a guy hardened by the bumps in life and it brought tears streaming down my face. Get this, I have a number of different copies, but on Super Bowl Sunday, it was shown on TCM, and I found myself unable to turn the channel to the game, it's that special and engrossing.