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  • Summary: Set in an Italian village, Salvatore finds himself enchanted by the flickering images at the Cinema Paradiso, yearning for the secret of the cinema’s magic. When the projectionist, Alfredo, agrees to reveal the mysteries of moviemaking, a deep friendship is born. The day comes for Salvatore to leave the village and pursue his dream of making movies of his own. Thirty years later he receives a message that beckons him back home to a secret and beautiful discovery that awaits him. [Miramax] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Jessica Mellor
    Dec 9, 2013
    A 25th anniversary restoration of Giuseppe Tornatore’s ode to moving pictures and puppy love.
  2. Cinema Paradiso converts you to the credo that art can indeed be holy.
  3. You leave Cinema Paradiso with that feeling that's kind of like getting kicked in the stomach, but nice. It's one of those breathless, swept-away-by-a-movie experiences that you might have once a year, if you're lucky. [16 February 1990, Daily Notebook, p.E-1]
  4. Just about everything you ever loved (or hated) about Italian films can be found.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Dec 12, 2013
    If ever a movie came from the heart, it was Giuseppe Tornatore's nostalgic Cinema Paradiso (1988) now getting a rerelease to celebrate its silver jubilee.
  6. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    A sweet, funny exercise in nostalgia, though it's also self-congratulatory and awfully calculating.
  7. Originally a two-part film running about three hours, this treacle has been reduced by almost a third, though it still seems to run on forever -- a bit like life but much less interesting.

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  1. Mar 25, 2011
    A classic movie for movie lovers---a young boy meets an old projectionist in a small Italian village and learns life lessons. This is a must-see movie. Expand
  2. Apr 5, 2012
    A beautiful movie! That is the word: Beautiful. Great storyline, performances, photography! WOW! At times, however, the pace is slow, but even then it makes sense! Just perfect! Ennio Morricone's music deserves special mention!. Cinema Paradiso is classic! One of my top 10 favourite movies!...and I have it here at home in my collection! A MASTERPIECE...back then, and now! yes, it certainly is and will always be! Expand
  3. Apr 19, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. As long as the movie was, it was amazing such a classic movie that I believe many might like. All thow it was in a faren language not my favorite it was amazing and a tell you all to watch it. Expand
  4. Jan 28, 2014
    One of the greatest films of all time, Cinema Paradiso (taken to new heights with Ennio Morricone's beautiful soundtrack) is as much a film about nostalgia as it is about the sheer love of the cinema. Expand
  5. Aug 23, 2010
    Man hears of the death of a projectionist at a local cinema who he grew up with, has flashbacks, returns to the village after 30 years.
    sweet Italian film with the beautiful setting of Sicily as the backdrop. Genuinely funny dialogue throughout but I have to say I enjoyed the first half with the young Toto more than the second but nevertheless, still very enjoyable. Ennio Morricone does the score so superb as to be expected. Expand
  6. Jan 4, 2014
    Uma das mais belas declarações de amor ao cinema, isso Cinema Paradiso.......................................................................................... Expand

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