cinema paradiso

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My latest movie pick is Cinema Paradiso, a 1988 Italian film. It tells the story of a big film director as he remembers his childhood, and the deep friendship he developed many decades ago (post WWII) with his local cinema's projectionist, Alfredo. The movie follows the boy as he grows into a young man, and we see how much Alfredo inspires the boy's love of the film world, even if it meant sacrificing another love of his life.

I really enjoyed this movie, particularly the first parts when we see the boy's wide-eyed curiosity about the cinema. Like how censorship worked in those days (very funny!), how a movie can be projected onto a person's house, and seeing the way entertainment-hungry people react. Also, I'm a sucker for coming-of-age stories, especially if it has cute kids in it, so this was a delight to watch.

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Chi Designs said...

I love this movie too.

Cypress said...

This looks like a great movie, I'll have to check it out. Thanks for posting.

emma wallace said...

Oh, I thought this film was tragic so I was afraid to watch it! Maybe I'll take a chance!

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Hope Chella said...

I love this!!! xx

Miy said...

I love this movie so much!

Have you watch "The Legend of 1990" too? It was also made by Giuseppe Tornatore and so brilliant, sad, and touching.

Love,
-miy-

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Rouenna said...

Ah, I need to watch this again. Last I saw it was on our film art class back in college and I don't remember anymore how I critiqued it. =)

ana b. said...

These movie stills make me want to find a Super 8 camera and get filming.

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daisychain said...

Oh this looks like something I'd enjoy

{ Thy Lady } said...

absolutely stunning. x

diariodeunacouturier said...

I really like this movie!!

zuzana said...

wow, this movie looks really good! thank you for the suggestion!

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Ariella said...

Wow, those stills are beautiful. It looks precisely like the type of movie that I love. I hope they have it in the library here, because then I need to see it!

What the Street Wears said...

Cinemaaa *-*

drollgirl said...

i saw this movie years ago, and just loved it.

beingdena said...

Oh I have to watch this now... thanks for recommending. x

Every Little Counts said...

i can't believe i haven't seen this movie yet! i'm adding it to the top of my queue right now.

Cecilia said...

Oh how I loved this move, too!! Beautiful stills...

Emily said...

I have to agree, these stills are beautiful. Thank you for the recommendation. I'll be checking this movie out soon.

Dan said...

Beautiful film, one of my favourites. So romantic and nostalgic.

I've got the near 3 hour Director's Cut, and the ending, where Salvatore as a grown man watches the film the projectionist Alfredo has left him is one of the most touching in any film I've seen.