Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso

Giuseppe Tornatore (1988)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


A middle-aged film director reflects on his youth and friendship with a wise old picture-house projectionist. Director's cut of the drama, starring Philippe Noiret, Jacques Perrin, Antonelli Attili and Enzo Cannavale. Winner of the 1989 Best Foreign Film Oscar.

Cast & Crew

Alfredo Philippe Noiret
Salvatore as an adult Jacques Perrin
Toto (Salvatore as a child) Salvatore Cascio
Salvatore as a teenager Marco Leonardi
Elena Agnese Nano
Maria Pupella Maggio
Young Maria Antonella Attili
Anna Isa Danieli
Father Adelfio Leopoldo Trieste
Spaccafico Enzo Cannavale
Madman Nicolo Di Pinto
Lia Roberto Lena
Peppino's father Nino Terzo
Director Giuseppe Tornatore
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Other Information

Language: Italian, French +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: ArrowGuidance: Contains swearing and nudity.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 13 Dec 2013