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  • 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.
  • When Salvatore returns to his home and looks at the room his mother prepared for him, there's a picture on the wall from the movie The White Sheik (1952), a Federico Fellini movie starring Leopoldo Trieste, who plays Father Adelfio in this movie.
  • In some versions of the shorter theatrical release a shot of a far older Elena can be seen in the final credits montage (perhaps intentionally).
  • A sample of the line "Ora che ho perso la vista, ci vedo di più" in original language (in English it is "Now that I lost vision, I can see more") can be heard in the song "Take The Time" by Dream Theater.
  • (Director Cameo) Giuseppe Tornatore: the person working the projection machine when Salvatore is watching the compilation of scenes that Alfredo made for him
  • The new film projector installed after the fire accident in the projector room is a model Victoria IV manufactured by Cinemeccanica S.p.a, Milano, Italy.
  • By the end of 1956, it was Italy which had the largest network of cinemas in the whole of Europe. A total of 17,000. This was the highest ever reached in around that time.
  • By the end of the twelve month period for 1924, Italy's entire film output had not exceed 20 titles. As 220 titles were released during 1920, by 1924, Italian cinema was slowly dying.
  • Irene Papas was considered for the role of the older Maria Di Vita. The role eventually went to Pupella Maggio.
  • The character played by Brigitte Fossey was included in the first theatrical version of the film (155 minutes, released in November 1988) but then dropped in the shorter re-release (124 minutes, May 1989), which was shown internationally. Her scenes were eventually reinstated in the extended version (173 minutes).
  • Philippe Noiret recited all of his lines in his natural language, French. He was later dubbed in Italian by Vittorio Di Prima. In the French version, Noiret dubbed himself.
  • Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
  • Giuseppe Tornatore photographed over 300 young Sicilian boys in his attempt to find an actor to play young Salvatore before he eventually cast Salvatore Cascio in the role.
  • The film was shot in Bagheria, Sicily, Giuseppe Tornatore's hometown. The director largely drew on his childhood experiences there as inspiration for the film.
  • Giuseppe Tornatore acknowledged in the DVD's special features that old Salvatore (played by Jacques Perrin) looked nothing like young Salvatore
  • Cinema Paradiso (1988) is the favorite movie of the young Italian director Christian Orlandi.
  • Ranked number 26 non-English-speaking film in the critics' poll conducted by the BBC in 2018.


  • The final kiss montage is a way of Alfredo to keep a promise given to Salvatore at the start of the movie: Alfredo promises that all kiss scenes belong to Salvatore if he does not come anymore in the projector room. Even if he does not fulfill Alfredo's request, he still prepares the reel for Salvatore.
  • After the communication of the death of Salvatore's father, he and his mother are walking across ruins. Salvatore sees a poster of Gone with the Wind (1939) and smiles looking at it. Earlier in the movie, Alfredo says to Salvatore that his father remembers him Clark Gable
  • The fate of the Cinema Paradiso was foreshadowed in Joni Mitchell's famous song, "Big Yellow Taxi" released in 1970. The song contains the memorable lyrics, "They paved paradise, And put up a parking lot." As well, when Salvatore returns to his home town to attend Alfredo's funeral, he arrives at his mother's house in a big yellow taxi.
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