This is a movie about "Toto", a grown up and succesful director/film maker who returns to his little hometown for the first time after discovering that his lifelong friend Alfredo has died. This event makes him remember his roots, where he came from, his childhood and how magic movies were to him when he was growing up. In time he will learn that he has lost the love of his life due to a misunderstanding in many senses.
The review of this Movie prepared by Silvia Santoliquido
Cinema Paradiso is set in Sicily. It has beautiful photography. It is a coming of age story about Salvatore (a.k.a Toto). He starts working with his dear friend Alfredo in the town cinema where he stays until he leaves for the Italian Army. In his little projection booth he learns about love, friendship, and life. Until finally Alfredo, who suffered a terrible accident in the Projection room, tells Toto to leave forever and never return. But, Toto does return to attend Alfredo's funeral. He learns then that he was never forgotten. Any filmmaker must see this film.
The review of this Movie prepared by Kelly Alleman
The cinema is a great way to “get away from it all,” and in “Cinema Paradiso,” a young boy (Salvatore) finds that going to the movies does provide him with all the escape, the adventure, the intrigue his young life desires. He lives in a magical world, and his friend Alfredo, the projectionist at the Cinema Paridiso, takes him under his wing and promises to teach him all about the moviemaking world. Of course, Salvatore must grow up and eventually it is time for him to leave his Italian village and make a realistic life for himself. Alfredo makes him promise never to look back, never toreturn home, and so he does, for
the next thirty years. Then a message is delivered to Salvatore which causes him to return to his village. The homecoming is as poignant a scene as any movie could provide. It is a touching, sentimental film that seems to embrace almost any audience. Filmed in Italian with English subtitles, the movie is scored by Ennio Morricone (who did the early Eastwood spaghetti Westerns).
The review of this Movie prepared by Bill Hobbs