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Cinema Paradiso

When a Sicilian boy is mesmerized by the movies at his local theater, he befriends a projectionist who tells him to leave home and pursue his dreams.

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Tornatore may have hit a sticky wicket with his subsequent work, but he knew what he was doing here: warning us about the irrational lure of the filmed past, which is to say cinema itself, then ushering us grandly to our seats.

Young Salvatore Di Vita (Salvatore Cascio) discovers the perfect escape from life in his war-torn Sicilian village: the Cinema Paradiso movie house, where projectionist Alfredo (Philippe Noiret) instills in the boy a deep love of films. When Salvatore grows up, falls in love with a beautiful local girl (Agnese Nano) and takes over as the Paradiso's projectionist, Alfredo must convince Salvatore to leave his small town and pursue his passion for filmmaking.

Director
Giuseppe Tornatore
Cast
Philippe NoiretJacques PerrinMarco LeonardiSalvatore CascioAgnese NanoAntonella AttiliEnzo CannavaleIsa DanieliLeo GullottaPupella MaggioLeopoldo TriesteTano Cimarosa
Genres
Drama, Romance
Country
Italy, France
Language
Italian
Available
Jan 1 2018

Tornatore may have hit a sticky wicket with his subsequent work, but he knew what he was doing here: warning us about the irrational lure of the filmed past, which is to say cinema itself, then ushering us grandly to our seats.