Every time I see this movie, it almost brings tears to my eyes. Essentially a simple story about the younger days of the boy Toto, his love of movies and the cinema, aswell as his relationship with Alfredo the projectionship. But it's much more than this.
The central part of the movie shows how Toto's life as boy/teenager has affected his attitude to life as an adult, e.g. love of movies, numerous girlfriends, etc. The combination of humour, drama, and tragedy all contribute to a masterful piece of cinematic history.
To those who haven't seen the Special Edition extended cut of the movie (adds nearly an hour to the original), I'd advise you to see it at least once. Some people say it isn't necessary to the story as a whole, but I'd say it's inclusion is valid. It develops Totos life as a man further, and reveals a few things not really hinted at in the shorter variant.
Please let there be a DVD release of the extended cut in the near future. I'd like the choice to own my preferred version, and not just be offered the shorter movie.