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The Power of Love,
This review is from: Cinema Paradiso [DVD]  (DVD)
"Cinema Paradiso" is perhaps the best film that I have seen dealing with the theme of lost love. It follows the story of the life of a successful, but emotionally unfulfilled film director, "Toto" Di Vita. As a boy he becomes obsessed with the local cinema and forms a close friendship with cranky projectionist Alfredo. Memories of this relationship as well as his romance with first love Elena come flooding back to Toto when he returns to Sicily to attend the projectionist's funeral thirty years after he left the village in which he grew up. "Cinema Paradiso" is a film about love in all its forms; unrequited, lost, romantic and sexual. It is a film about regret, lost opportunities and those fleeting moments that can change the course of a life forever , all set against the background of the cinema and its magical ability to enchant and inspire individuals and communities. Great acting and characterisation, evocative soundtrack and the moving reunion scenes between Toto and Elena thirty years on capture quintessentially the essence of life,love and happiness.