Cinema Paradiso (15)

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Cinema Paradiso

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Posted: Mon Dec 9 2013

Prepare to feel old: Giuseppe Tornatore’s wistful, honey-glazed ode to nascent cinephile pleasures, already something of a nostalgia piece when it first hit our screens in 1989, is 25 years old. Now, to prepare to feel young again: returning to cinemas in spiffily remastered form ahead of a new Blu-ray release, the film retains its wide-eyed charm, pitched halfway between unrestrained romanticism and unknowing kitsch. It’s never exactly been fashionable to like ‘Cinema Paradiso’, and time won’t have done much to soften the sneers of dissenters. But the advantage of brazen sentimentality is that it gives the film very little to lose.

Sure enough, this viewer’s tear ducts started prickling as early as the first scene, when renowned Italian auteur Salvatore (Jacques Perrin) learns that a certain Alfredo has died, and we mistily flash back to his post-WWII childhood in Sicily. Of course, Alfredo (the wonderful Philippe Noiret) is the village cinema projectionist. Six-year-old Salvatore (button-cute Salvatore Cascio) is the movie-mad poppet he takes under his wing. Mischief and melodrama ensue, but it’s the film’s ‘you can’t go home again’ message that now hits hardest amid the sweetness.

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15

UK release:

Fri Dec 13, 2013

Duration:

171 mins

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sticky

I've seen between 100 and 200 films at the cinema EVERY year (I keep a constant record) for the last 30 years and have five all-time favourite films....and of course this is one of them. I saw it SIX times at the cinema on its original release and have seen it a few more times since in repertory cinema. The extended director's cut is equally magical and just adds even more depth and pathos. Both T.O.'s review and Pip's and Villardi's (see below) sum up perfectly the appeal and magic of this classic film. Arguably, Ennio Morricone's film score is the most moving and remarkable piece in the history of cinema. If you don't cry several times, see a doctor to check you have a heart!

sticky

I've seen between 100 and 200 films at the cinema EVERY year (I keep a constant record) for the last 30 years and have five all-time favourite films....and of course this is one of them. I saw it SIX times at the cinema on its original release and have seen it a few more times since in repertory cinema. The extended director's cut is equally magical and just adds even more depth and pathos. Both T.O.'s review and Pip's and Villardi's (see below) sum up perfectly the appeal and magic of this classic film. Arguably, Ennio Morricone's film score is the most moving and remarkable piece in the history of cinema. If you don't cry several times, see a doctor to check you have a heart!

Pip

One of my favourite films too. It is a film about love in all sorts of ways but also about community and the loss of collective innocence. I think the scenes where the whole population of the village are enjoying the cinema and of the priest censoring all the kisses out of the films are my favourites. A magical film in the true sense of the word and lovely haunting soundtrack that sticks in your head for days. Bring some tissues because if this film doesn't make you cry, you have no tear ducts.

Pip

One of my favourite films too. It is a film about love in all sorts of ways but also about community and the loss of collective innocence. I think the scenes where the whole population of the village are enjoying the cinema and of the priest censoring all the kisses out of the films are my favourites. A magical film in the true sense of the word and lovely haunting soundtrack that sticks in your head for days. Bring some tissues because if this film doesn't make you cry, you have no tear ducts.

villardi

I make no apology for saying this is my favourite film of all time. It understands the difference between sentiment and sentimentality. It's a film about love without being soppy, about friendship, family and growing up. Funny and sad, wise and witty, I rave about it to my friends and family and will go see it again in the cinema and love every minute again. So yeah I quite like this movie.

villardi

I make no apology for saying this is my favourite film of all time. It understands the difference between sentiment and sentimentality. It's a film about love without being soppy, about friendship, family and growing up. Funny and sad, wise and witty, I rave about it to my friends and family and will go see it again in the cinema and love every minute again. So yeah I quite like this movie.