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            Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988)

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            A filmmaker recalls his childhood when falling in love with the pictures at the cinema of his home village and forms a deep friendship with the cinema's projectionist.


            Giuseppe Tornatore


            Giuseppe Tornatore (story), Giuseppe Tornatore (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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            Top Rated Movies #52 | Won 1 Oscar. Another 24 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »



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            Cast overview, first billed only:
            Antonella Attili ... Maria Di Vita - Younger
            Enzo Cannavale Enzo Cannavale ... Spaccafico
            Isa Danieli ... Anna
            Leo Gullotta ... Usher
            Marco Leonardi ... Salvatore 'Totò' Di Vita - Teenager
            Pupella Maggio Pupella Maggio ... Maria Di Vita - Older
            Agnese Nano ... Elena Mendola
            Leopoldo Trieste ... Father Adelfio
            Salvatore Cascio ... Salvatore 'Totò' Di Vita - Child
            Tano Cimarosa ... Blacksmith
            Nicola Di Pinto ... Village Idiot
            Roberta Lena Roberta Lena ... Lia
            Nino Terzo ... Peppino's Father
            Jacques Perrin ... Salvatore 'Totò' Di Vita - Adult
            Philippe Noiret ... Alfredo


            A boy who grew up in a native Sicilian Village returns home as a famous director 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 became a stepping stone for 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. Written by Clarisse P.

            Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


            A celebration of youth, friendship, and the everlasting magic of the movies.




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            Release Date:

            18 January 1990 (Hong Kong) See more »

            Also Known As:

            Cinema Paradiso See more »


            Box Office


            $5,000,000 (estimated)

            Opening Weekend USA:

            $16,552, 4 February 1990

            Gross USA:


            Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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            Technical Specs


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            Aspect Ratio:

            1.66 : 1
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            [first lines]
            Maria Di Vita - Older: [in Italian]
            [on the phone]
            Maria Di Vita - Older: Yes, Salvatore di Vita. You mean you don't know him, Miss? That's right, and I'm his mother. I've been calling from Sicily, all day long. I understand, he's not there.
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            Alternate Versions

            The footage shown during the end credits has been slightly re-cut for the US DVD version. Most notably, the shot of the adult Elena has been removed. See more »


            Proiezione per Due - Projection for Two
            Written by Ennio Morricone
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            User Reviews

            A breath of fresh air blowing away the cobwebs of Hollywood "blah" films.
            21 December 1998 | by ali-38See all my reviews

            I have seen this film at least a dozen times and each time I am carried away to a small village in Italy, where the dreams of a small boy come true and we can join his spellbinding journey. The Italian language (it is subtitled) adds to the film's beauty and music, the characters are so real you can almost smell them. I am absorbed into "Paradiso" each time I watch it, so that when it is over, I am shocked into the realisation that I haven't actually been anywhere except right there, in my theatre seat. I am not a huge "art house" film fan or indeed enjoy subtitled films (it is hard on the old eyes!) but "Paradiso" is a gem and is worth seeing again and again.

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