"Cinema Paradiso itself possesses enough command and self-conviction to demonstrate that movies can still manage to manifest an alternative universe."Sight and Sound Magazine
Cinema Paradiso won hearts and awards across the world in the early nineties. A powerful ode to cinema, it tells the story of a post-war Sicilian town, where the cinema is both the beating heart and a window to the outside world, and where young Salvatore is inspired by projectionist Alfredo to make a life creating celluloid stories. As best we can tell, it's been some time since Cinema Paradiso screened in Sydney. We can’t wait to share this Italian classic with those who hold it close to their hearts, and those yet to experience it.
Salvatore, a famous director, returns home to his boyhood town in Sicily after receiving news about the death of an old friend. Told in a flashback, Salvatore reminiscences about his childhood and his relationship with Alfredo, a projectionist at Cinema Paradiso. Under the fatherly influence of Alfredo, Salvatore fell in love with film making, with the duo spending many hours discussing about films and Alfredo painstakingly teaching Salvatore the skills that led the young boy into the world of film making. The film brings the audience through the changes in cinema and the dying trade of traditional film making, editing, and screening. It also explores a young boy's dream of leaving his little town to foray into the world outside.
Classified PG (Adult Concepts)
- Giuseppe Tornatore
- Jacques Perrin, Phillippe Noiret, Leopoldo Trieste
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