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Synopsis

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.

Cast

  • Antonella Attili
  • Enzo Cannavale
  • Isa Danieli
  • Leo Gullotta
  • Marco Leonardi
  • Pupella Maggio
  • Agnese Nano
  • Leopoldo Trieste
  • Salvatore Cascio
  • Tano Cimarosa

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Trivia

  • Giuseppe Tornatore's intention was that this movie should serve as an obituary for traditional movie theatres (like the one on the film) and the movie industry in general. After the movie's success he never mentioned this again.
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Goofs

  • When Toto and Alfredo are taking the test at school, Alfredo acquires an ink smudge on his right cheek. During the test the smudge changes shape and intensity several times.
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Quotes

    • [after informed about the arrival of the new non-combustible film]
    • Alfredo: Progress always comes late.
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Metacritic

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You leave Cinema Paradiso with that feeling that's kind of like getting kicked in the stomach, but nice. It's one of those breathless, swept-away-by-a-movie experiences that you might have once a year, if you're lucky. [16 February 1990, Daily Notebook, p.E-1]

Metacritic review by Mick LaSalle
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
100

This film is sometimes funny, sometimes joyful, and sometimes poignant, but it's always warm, wonderful, and satisfying. Cinema Paradiso affects us on many levels, but its strongest connection is with our memories.

Metacritic review by James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
100

Cinema Paradiso converts you to the credo that art can indeed be holy.

Metacritic review by Jay Scott
Jay Scott
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)