Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso

DVD - 2002
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Salvatore, a successful film maker, receives news of the death of his old friend Alfredo, and returns to his village for the first time in 30 years. He recalls how, as a wide-eyed altar boy, he became friends with Alfredo, the projectionist at the parish cinema.
Publisher: Montreal : Alliance Atlantis, 2002, c1988
Branch Call Number: WORLD CIN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 min.) : sd., col., 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso [dvd]

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jimg2000
May 19, 2017

Originally released as a motion picture in 1988, over a decade before the DVD era. Back then, what teens did not love to hang out in cinemas and dream to be in the film business? Poignant lessons in perseverance, passion and growing up in Sicily during WWII An unforgettable G-rated movie for all ages.

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garycornell
Nov 26, 2014

Giuseppe Tornatore is a famous Italian film director of "Cinema Paradiso". The story takes place in a small Italian village. A small boy likes to go to the Cinema Paradisco to help the projectionist while the film is running. He learns to love movies and we watch him grow to a man. The story is touching and has a musical soundtrack that makes the images all the more real. In fact, you might be so taken away with the film that you think you smell the popcorn from the snack bar. (Actually there is no snack bar in the movie). The director was trying to tell us why he feel in love with movies and along the way we fall in love with his "Cinema Paradiso". One of Italy's finest films and truly essential viewing if you enjoy foreign films.
P.S. I agree with the others who commented the shorter version of the movie is the only one of the discs to watch.

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Libraryman1_0
Jun 03, 2014

A beautiful film that inspires those who love movies. And a wonderful story of a boy who befriends an old projectionist from his village. Wonderous and magical.

teresamaria332 May 22, 2014

Strongly agree with what most people have said here.... the original version is the best. The extended version is an insult to the skill of the excellent film editor who "saved" the original version in my opinion!

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wiredonjava
Feb 28, 2014

Contrived sentimental junk. Wasted an afternoon waiting for it to redeem itself. Smug, obnoxious movie.

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alpaca85
Oct 20, 2013

Cinema Paradiso is a movie about people who love movies made for people who love movies. It's basically a two hour love letter to the cinema and it spares no expense in showing it's heart on it's sleeve. It's an unabashedly sentimental movie, but of the highest order. Not unlike My Life as a Dog, it takes place from the point of view of a child at the beginning. And although the child in question is a little annoying, he does mature into a very good character.

Cinema Paradiso is about a young boy, named Salvatore, in post-war Italy who falls in love with the movies. He befriends a local projectionist, who teaches him the "tricks of the trade", so to speak. His father was killed in the war and his family is very much in sadness. While the film wisely chooses to not dwell for long on that, it does make the implication that the movies are some kind of safe haven for the boy. The film can be quite funny too, such as a scene where a priest cuts out kissing scenes from movies. And it can be quite sad as well, such as when a fire nearly kills the projectionist and blinds him.

The boy works at the theatre afterwards, and he soon after becomes a man, and falls in love with a girl. Not wishing to spoil that scene, I'll just say that there's a lovely analogy between that story and one that the projectionist tells earlier on. Cutting between past and present, and using the focal point of the cinema, Cinema Paradiso basically sneaks in all of the cliches it so adores from the films that are shown. It's a comedy-romance-drama-nostalgia piece that throws in lines like "I wish it would rain, like in the movies!" just before it actually rains in the movie.

And yet, despite all the film's love for the older films it pays tribute to, Cinema Paradiso is uniquely it's own movie. It's a movie that somehow manages to make movies come alive and off the screen. The closest comparison I can make is that of a cross between Amarcord and Radio Days.

The performances are good. Philippe Noiret, who plays the projectionist gives a fantastic performance. He's just an intensely relateable and charming man. He imbues his character with all the wisdom and charm that it requires, and then he gives more. Even after the fire, he still remains incredibly quick witted and fun. It's a great role. The rest of the cast is rather average.

Jacques Perrin carries the emotional burden of the film in it's last twenty minutes, but other than crying and looking at things wistfully, it's an average performance. Agnese Nano and Marco Leonardi do good work as Salvatore and his love, but their roles don't really have much to them. Salvatore Cascio can be pretty annoying at times, but as child performances go, he's not that bad at all.

The score by Ennio Morricone truly stands out. Morricone was perhaps one of the best film composers, and his work here is flawless. He does an amazing job at evoking nostalgia, and his score reminded me of Once Upon a Time in America, which is another truly great score.

The script too does a good job at evoking emotions out of the audience, and there are some great shots. In particular there is a shot where the blind projectionist runs his hand over Salvatore's face, and when his hand leaves the face, Salvatore has aged to a teenager.

The direction is also quite good, even though Giuseppe Tornatore may have not been quiet as prolific as his contemporaries. It's a film that appeals to everything that I love about the movies, and in the process becomes a great movie itself.

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almavda_freeland
May 27, 2013

When I was 14 yrs. old, I was struggling with my life, just like any 14 or so year old I guess. My Godfather, who was taking care of me, send me out to learn about life, when I saw him for the last time, he said to me to watch this movie. I never did until I was on my mid twenties, I realize then what he wanted me to do. He raised me straight like an arrow. I learn to appreciate life, to love others, to not give up. On a way, I am very thankful he let me discover what is to be a man by myself. Every time I watch this movie, I think of him, and thank god that he was in my life and that he loved me, just like I loved him.

eve373 Feb 15, 2013

Italy, movies and some romance --what could be a better combination! This is one of my all-time favorite movies. Too bad, I watched the director's cut -- I liked how the original movie ended.

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temp123987
Dec 25, 2012

Un filme simplement merveilleux. Il faut le voir!

jstecko Jun 08, 2012

The two-disc deluxe edition of Cinema Paradiso with NYPL barcode 3 3333 23556 7043 is missing disc two as well as the flip tray for disc two.

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jimg2000
May 19, 2017

You're young... the world is yours. And l'm old. l don't want to hear you talk anymore. l want to hear talk about you. Don't come back. Don't think about us. Don't look back. Don't write. Don't give in to nostalgia. Forget us all. lf you do and you come back, don't come see me. l won't let you in my house. Understand?
-Thank you. For everything you've done for me.
Whatever you end up doing, love it. The way you loved the projection booth... when you were a little squirt.
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l've always been afraid to come back. And now, after all these years, l thought l was stronger... that l'd forgotten a lot of things. But in fact... l find l'm right back
where l was... as if l'd never been away. Yet when l look around, l don't recognize anyone. And you, Mama... l deserted you. Ran out on you like a bandit... without any explanation.
-l never asked for any. ... You were right to leave. You did what you wanted to do.

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jimg2000
May 19, 2017

The bigger the man, the deeper his imprint. And if he loves, he suffers, knowing it's a dead-end street.
-That's nice, what you just said. But sad.
l didn't say it. lt was John Wayne in ''The Shepherd of the Hills.''
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Let's sit down a minute. Misery of miseries. Once a king gave a feast.for the loveliest princesses in the realm. Now, a soldier who was standing guard... saw the king's daughter go by. ... Well, at last he succeeded in meeting her... and he told her he could no longer live without her. The princess was so taken by the depth of his feeling... that she said to the soldier... ''lf you can wait... for 100 days and 100 nights under my balcony... at the end of it, l shall be yours.'' With that, the soldier went and waited one day... two days, ... it was the 99th night... and the soldier stood up, took his chair... and left.
-What? At the end?
At the very end. And don't ask what it means. l don't know. lf you understand it, you tell me.

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jimg2000
May 19, 2017

''A mob doesn't think. lt has a mind of its own.'' Spencer Tracy said that in ''Fury.''
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lt means... that this isn't your real work. Right now the Paradiso needs you... and you need the Paradiso... but it's a stopgap. One day you'll go on... to other things. Things... that are more important. Definitely more important. l know. Now that l've lost my sight... l see better. Things l never saw before. All thanks to you, who saved my life. l won't forget it. And don't look like that. l'm not senile yet. Want proof?
-Yes.
Well, let's see. For example... right now, the film's out of focus. Go check.
-You're right, it's out of focus. How'd you know?
Too hard to explain. ...

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jimg2000
May 19, 2017

When you laugh, you're even prettier.
-Salvatore, you're very sweet, and l like you very much... but l don't love you.
l don't care. l'll wait.
-What?
For you to fall in love with me. Now listen. Every night after work, l'll come stand outside your house. And l'll wait. Every night. When you change your mind, open your window. That's all. I'll understand.
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You survived the theater fire, but from the Eternal Fire--
that is, Eternal Fire-- no one can save you.
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At a party, a lieutenant pinches this girl's ass. She turns around. lt's the colonel's daughter. Terrified, the lieutenant says... ''lf your heart is as hard as what l just felt, l'm a dead man.''

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jimg2000
May 19, 2017

You mustn't come here. l told you and told you-- like talking to a wall. lf the film catches fire... little as you are, you'll go up-- boom! ''And turn into a chunk of charcoal.'' Like to wag your tongue, eh? One day, l'll cut it off. Like that.
-Can l have it? Come on, can l have it? - Well, can l?
No! Deaf as a post! l have to splice it back before l return the film.
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Living here day by day, you think it's the center of the world. You believe nothing will ever change. Then you leave: a year, two years. When you come back, everything's changed. The thread's broken. What you came to find isn't there. What was yours is gone. You have to go away for a long time... many years... before you can come back and find your people. The land where you were born. But now, no. It's not possible. Right now you're blinder than I am.
-Who said that? Gary Cooper? James Stewart? Henry Fonda? Eh?
No, Toto. Nobody said it. This time it's all me. Life isn't like in the movies. Life... is much harder.

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Jul 29, 2014

cananpakel thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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