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Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988)

PG | | Drama | 17 November 1988 (Italy)
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A filmmaker recalls his childhood when falling in love with the pictures at the cinema of his home village and forms a deep friendship with the cinema's projectionist.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Maria Di Vita - Younger
Enzo Cannavale ... Spaccafico
Isa Danieli ... Anna
Leo Gullotta ... Usher
... Salvatore 'Totò' Di Vita - Teenager
Pupella Maggio ... Maria Di Vita - Older
... Elena Mendola
... Father Adelfio
... Salvatore 'Totò' Di Vita - Child
... Blacksmith
... Village Idiot
Roberta Lena ... Lia
... Peppino's Father
... Salvatore 'Totò' Di Vita - Adult
... Elena Mendola - Adult
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Storyline

A boy who grew up in a native Sicilian Village returns home as a famous director after receiving news about the death of an old friend. Told in a flashback, Salvatore reminiscences about his childhood and his relationship with Alfredo, a projectionist at Cinema Paradiso. Under the fatherly influence of Alfredo, Salvatore fell in love with film making, with the duo spending many hours discussing about films and Alfredo painstakingly teaching Salvatore the skills that became a stepping stone for the young boy into the world of film making. The film brings the audience through the changes in cinema and the dying trade of traditional film making, editing and screening. It also explores a young boy's dream of leaving his little town to foray into the world outside. Written by Clarisse P.

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A celebration of youth, friendship, and the everlasting magic of the movies.

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Drama

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17 November 1988 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Cinéma Paradiso  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,899, 14 June 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,990,401
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film was shot in Bagheria, Sicily, Giuseppe Tornatore's hometown. The director largely drew on his childhood experiences there as inspiration for the film. See more »

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When Toto runs to rescue Alfredo from the fire he falls face down, but in the next shot he raises face up. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Maria Di Vita - Older: [in Italian]
[on the phone]
Maria Di Vita - Older: Yes, Salvatore di Vita. You mean you don't know him, Miss? That's right, and I'm his mother. I've been calling from Sicily, all day long. I understand, he's not there.
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Tema della Bicicletta - Bicycle Theme
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Every Filmmaker's Favorite Film
12 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Giuseppe Tornatore's Nuovo cinema Paradiso (Cinema Paradiso) is everything good about the movies. It is a story about love. The love between a Father and Son, an Individual and his home, and the love for the movies. Even if this is not your favorite film, if you are a filmmaker, you have no choice but to say this is your all time favorite film (if not one of the greatest films ever made). If only for the movie's ending, this is a great film. The ending answers all of your questions and completes the story. The missing love from a Man's life. The missing pieces to all the stories (movies) found and made into a whole. The final message from beyond the grave, the ending is perfect. If the musical score doesn't put you in tears, the amazing visuals will push you over the edge. This is what all movies should be about. Terrific.


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