Rent Cinema Paradiso (1988)

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1h 58min
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Synopsis:
Giuseppe Tomatore's loving homage to the cinema tells the story of Salvatore (Marco Leonardi, Salvatore Cascio, Jacques Perrin) , 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.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Franco Cristaldi, Giovanna Romagnoli
Writers:
Giuseppe Tornatore, Vanna Paoli, Richard Epcar
Others:
Ennio Morricone, Maurizio Trani, Andrea Crisanti, Blasco Giurato, Beatrice Bordone, Mario Morra, Andrea Morricone
Aka:
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso
Studio:
Arrow Films
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Romance
Countries:
Italy, Classics, Drama, Romance
Awards:

1991 BAFTA Best Actor

1991 BAFTA Best Supporting Actor

1991 BAFTA Best Original Screen Play

1991 BAFTA Best Foreign Film

1991 BAFTA Best Music

1990 Oscar Best Foreign Film

1989 Cannes Grand Prize

BBFC:
Release Date:
28/04/2003
Run Time:
118 minutes
Languages:
Italian
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Commentary with Director Giuseppe Tomatore and Italian Film expert Millicent Marcus
  • 25th Anniversary Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
16/12/2013
Run Time:
174 minutes
Languages:
Italian
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio commentary with director Giuseppe Tornatore and Italian cinema expert critic Millicent Marcus A Dream of Sicily - A 52-minute documentary profile of Giuseppe Tornatore featuring interviews with the director and extracts from his early home movies as well as interviews with director Francesco Rosi and painter Peppino Ducato, set to music by the legendary Ennio Morricone
  • A Bear and a Mouse in Paradise - A 27-minute documentary on the making of Cinema Paradiso and the characters of Toto and Alfredo, featuring interviews the actors who play them, Philippe Noiret and Salvatore Cascio as well as Tornatore
  • The Kissing Sequence - Giuseppe Tornatore discusses the origins of the kissing scenes with clips identifying each scene
  • Original Director's Cut Theatrical Trailer and 25th Anniversary Re-Release Trailer

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Reviews (8) of Cinema Paradiso

Classico - Cinema Paradiso review by JD

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28/06/2009

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.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Too schmaltzy for me - Cinema Paradiso review by SA

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13/01/2011

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.

1 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

A beautiful life and times story - Cinema Paradiso review by MH

Spoiler Alert
03/02/2015

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.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

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