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Don't watch the director's cut,
This review is from: Cinema Paradiso  [DVD] (DVD)
Cinema Paradiso is not only a great movie but it is one of those films that makes a mark in the history of cinema. This is the kind of film that makes one look in awe at the magic of cinema.
Unfortunately, this director's cut almost ruins the film. I watched Cinema Paradiso many years ago and,as almost everybody else, I loved the film and I cried like a baby. I decided to watch the film again and got this director's cut by mistake. I deeply regret having watched it. The director's version is 50 minutes longer but it subtracts, a lot, from the original version.
The last 15 minutes or so of the original version are extremely beautiful, extremely poetic. The last 40 minutes or so of the director's cut taste like soap opera...It is clear that the director couldn't let go of his work.
If you never watched Cinema Paradiso then do not watch this version. Get the original theatrical version that last about 120 minutes.
It is a far better movie, it is why this film is close to being some sort of miracle. If you, like me, watched the film many years ago and want to watch it again then watch the original version, not this one. They have it on blu ray or in de luxe dvd editions.
I had such good memories from this film! But this director's version spoiled it. This is one of those situations where less is more.
The director's cut , in its last forty minutes or so, is anti climatic and weak.
The theatrical version is far better.This time the studio was right.