Giuseppe Tomatore's loving homage to the cinema tells the story of Salvatore, a successful film director, returning home for the funeral of Alfredo, his old friend who was the projectionist at the local cinema throughout his childhood. Soon memories of his first love affair with the beautiful Elena and all the highs and lows that shaped his life come flooding back, as Salvatore reconnects with the community he left 30 years earlier.
- Cinema Paradiso review by Mike Marriott
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You rated this film: 4
One of those films that quite genuinely leaves you feeling moved. Lovely little stories, and the acting was very good, particularly from the little boy character. The alternate ending, with it's extra 47 minutes, makes a lot of sense and adds a real something to the film - make sure you make time to watch it. Not quite sure how I'd improve it; perhaps the link between past and present was a little banile, but only a minor criticism really. Well worth renting.
This is an Italian film of beauty and gentle nostalgia. It is not sophisticated or dramatic and I enjoyed it for that. The characters are played lovingly and I was completely immersed in the charm of this quirky Italian village.
It is well worth adopting as a company's brand name.
A beautiful life and times story
- Cinema Paradiso review by MH
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You rated this film: 5
A friend recommended this when I told him the name used by the company I was borrowing it from. He was surprised I hadn't seen it. The film moves through the life of its main character and the village where he lives and through this story we witness the changing times, the rise and fall of the cinema, conscription, growing affluence and the tragic event which shaped his life. You hardly notice the music but when you take it in it is a gentle, fitting and beautiful accompaniment.
Too schmaltzy for me
- Cinema Paradiso review by SA
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You rated this film: 2
I enjoyed the cinematography and the evocation of various periods in Toto's life. The young Toto aged 4 is a great character, but as the film moved into Toto's young adulthood the magic somehow disappeared and was replaced by what I found to be a rather schmaltzy long sequence where Toto recalls his first and only (real) love. The kid Toto's fascination with cinema really came across, but the teenage Toto did not have this sparkle - the magic just wasn't there. I'm left wondering why this film did so well at all. The added scenes to make the director's cut detract from the film and make it even more schmaltzy than it already is.