Rent Cinema Paradiso: Director's Cut (1988)

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2h 48min
Rent Cinema Paradiso: Director's Cut (aka Nuovo Cinema Paradiso) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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It begins with a funny, touching evocation of a rambunctious Sicilian childhood, as six-year-old Toto (the irresistible Salvatore Cascio) becomes first an irritant and then a willing assistant to the gruff projectionist Alfredo (Philippe Noiret) at the local cinema, the Paradiso. A decade later, now going by his full name of Salvatore (Marco Leonardi), he falls in love with a girl out of his social league, takes his first tentative creative steps in the world of film and decides to leave home for good. Finally, the adult Salvatore (Jacques Perrin) ruefully reflects on the personal and emotional cost of his artistic success, and how much he owes to Alfredo.
The beautiful score by Ennio Morricone and his son Andrea bathes the film in a warmly nostalgic glow.
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Franco Cristaldi, Giovanna Romagnoli, Gabriella Carosio
Giuseppe Tornatore, Vanna Paoli
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso
Arrow Films
Classics, Drama, Romance
Cinema Paradiso, Our Service, The Cinema Paradiso Kissing Montage
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Run Time:
168 minutes
Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9

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Bitter-sweet Comedy - and a Homage to Cinema - Cinema Paradiso: Director's Cut review by AndyM

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I stumbled on this while searching for Cinema Paradiso when I first joined up after Amazon had bought up, and then closed, Love Film, getting rid of one of their sources of competition. I enjoy foreign films, because they give insights into a different culture, with different customs, values, and sense of humour. Often, foreign films deal more with relationships, and emotions, rather than the Holywood diet of "action", and so are more my kind of film. This film also portrays the importance of cinema in the social life of a small town before the days of TV and the characters are all bound up in the local cinema, the "Cinema Paradiso", and the action is interspersed with clips from old classic films that the towns-folk somewhat rowdily enjoy. There are side issues, making comedy out of the strange discord between the hot-blooded passion of Italian romantic love, and the prudery of the Roman Catholic Church, which furnishes a rather amusing ending. There is also the story of the relationship between Alfredo, the projectionist, and Toto, the cinema obsessed boy, and also Toto's life story, growing into manhood, and middle age, and his one true love.

I found this a very engaging and amusing film, even if a little poignantly sad, in parts. It is well worth watching.

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