Cinema Paradiso  [DVD]
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Director Guiseppe Tornatore's bittersweet, Oscar-winning film focuses on the effect that cinema had on the inhabitants of a small Sicilian village during World War Two. After receiving news of the death of his old friend Alfredo, a famous movie director returns to his home village after spending 30 years away. In flashback, he recalls his fatherless childhood, his fascination with the films he saw at the local cinema, and his adventures with Alfredo, the cinema's projectionist. This director's cut features an extra 50 minutes of footage.
Giuseppe Tornatore's beautiful 1988 film about a little boy's love affair with the movies deservedly won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film and a Special Jury Prize at Cannes. Philippe Noiret plays a grizzled old projectionist who takes pride in his presentation of screen dreams for a town still recovering from World War II. When a child (Jacques Perrin) demonstrates fascination not only for movies but also for the process of showing them to an audience, a lifelong friendship is struck. This isn't just one of those films for people who are already in love with the cinema. But if you are one of those folks, the emotional resonance between the action in Tornatore's world and the images on Noiret's screen will seem all the greater--and the finale all the more powerful. --Tom KeoghSee all Product Description
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The version I saw all those years ago was the truncated 121 minute rendering, foisted on the audience by a studio who thought American audiences would deem it too long. This they did by cutting off the end of the film thus robbing it of it's real emotional resonance .Even so it ,s still a magnificent movie. The directors cut restores the butchered 51 minutes and is the film as director Giuseppe Tornatore originally envisaged it so it makes more narrative sense .The cut version is wonderful but the directors cut is an absolute masterpiece. Both versions are on this DVD as well as a making of documentary and a CD version of Ennio Morricones sublime soundtrack.
An element of autobiography is surely integrated into the screenplay as Tornatore pays deference to his formative years in a small town in Sicily . Toto( an incredibly cute Salvatore Cascio) is a young altar boy who finds the whole thing a bit of a chore. He prefers to spend his time at the cinema , either watching the movies or harassing the projectionist Alfredo ( Philippe Noiret) His mother is a single parent as they both wait for his father to return from the Russian front and she struggles to contain the boys mischievous ways.Read more ›
It tells the story of a little Italian boy, who becomes obsessed with film through his inquisitive nature and friendship with the local cinema projectionist. This film tells a beautiful story, in the form of a flashback. Very European in that respect but follows a timeline like any other 'mainstream' picture.
This is the longer version of the film, but it is the way that it was meant to be viewed before it was butchered for overseas video release. Despite this butchering, the film went onto win the 1989 oscar for best Overseas movie.
Johnny Vaughan states " If you don't watch this film on your first date, then your'e not serious about love."
Even if you cannot stand films in foreign languages (this being in Italian), just get this film, the story it tells is so beautiful, that it overcomes this obvious barrier to English Speaking Audiences.
Even if you are not a film lover, like myself, just buy this one movie. I'm sure you'll fall in love with it, like I have
I can't rate this highly enough, and it's obviously been lovingly put together... recommended to all!
In terms of the film, it is masterful and touching with just the right mix of emotion throughout. The film is beautifully shot and the director's eye for detail and attention to the images are evident in almost every shot. The acting is brilliant, especially from the two lead actors.
This package is worth double the price and it is a great presentation of one of the best Italian films ever made.
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The directors cut is the best one to watch it finishes the film off nicely one of my all time favourite films a boys love of the cinema and his friendship with the projectionist... Read morePublished 19 hours ago by Butcher boy
A beautiful and stunning film which should be out there to remind everyone about where you are from and what is real to you and what you believe in . Read morePublished 3 days ago by ludovic risselin
terrible. I can't even use it because it doesn't work here in Australia! Tried to rectify with the supplier and got no help!Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
The most delightful film...nostalgic, heart rendering, etc. A must for the romantically inclined viewer.Published 1 month ago by CrazyCrochets