Cinema Paradiso

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Cinema Paradiso 1988

Directed by: Giuseppe Tornatore

Also directed: Maléna

Starring: Philippe Noiret, Marco Leonardi, Salvatore Cascio, Agnes Nano, Antonello Attili, Jacques Perrin

A great coming-of-age film, a flashback highlighting the relationship between a young man and his mentor. Their days start in the projection booth of a neighborhood Sicilian theater, Cinema Paradiso. A five or six-year-old Salvator, adorably nicknamed Toto, begs old Alfredo to show him how to project films.

Toto becomes the projectionist at the theater as a teenager, falls in love, and seeks advice from Alfredo. He eventually leaves town to pursue his dreams, only coming back to the small town later for Alfredo’s funeral.

A film about love and conquering nostalgia. A film about a true love for film. Touching. Beautiful. Simple, yet powerful.

The music in this film is endlessly moving.

I’ve shared here YouTube links to some of my favorite parts in the film:

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