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Cinema Paradiso

  • Drama
  • 1988
  • Giuseppe Tornatore
  • 118 mins
  • PG

Summary

The director's cut of the Oscar-winning drama, starring Philippe Noiret. A film director looks back on his childhood and his relationship with the projectionist at his local cinema in Sicily.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

Winner of the Oscar for best foreign language film, this is both an unashamedly sentimental rite-of-passage picture and a charming reminder of the lost magic of cinema-going. The undoubted stars are projectionist Philippe Noiret and his adorable young assistant, Salvatore Cascio. Yet it's the patrons of the village cinema in Sicily who give the film its irresistible flavour, entering into the spirit of each and every movie, and treating the cinema as a part of life, not just an escape from it. The 1994 director's cut contains 32 minutes that were removed from Giuseppe Tornatore's original following a lukewarm domestic response, making it even more of a wonderfully nostalgic experience.

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Credits

Cast

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AlfredoPhilippe Noiret
Salvatore as an adultJacques Perrin
Toto (Salvatore as a child)Salvatore Cascio
Salvatore as a teenagerMarco Leonardi
ElenaAgnese Nano
MariaPupella Maggio
Young MariaAntonella Attili
AnnaIsa Danieli
Father AdelfioLeopoldo Trieste
SpaccaficoEnzo Cannavale
MadmanNicolo Di Pinto
LiaRoberto Lena
Peppino's fatherNino Terzo

Crew

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DirectorGiuseppe Tornatore

Details

Theatrical distributor
Arrow
Released on
2013-12-13
Guidance
Contains swearing and nudity.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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