Cinema Paradiso

Synopsis: Young Salvatore Di Vita (Salvatore Cascio) discovers the perfect escape from life in his war-torn Sicilian village: the Cinema Paradiso movie house, where projectionist Alfredo (Philippe Noiret) instills in the boy a deep love of films. When Salvatore grows up, falls in love with a beautiful local girl (Agnese Nano) and takes over as the Paradiso's projectionist, Alfredo must convince Salvatore to leave his small town and pursue his passion for filmmaking.
Genre: Drama
Production: Miramax Films
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 23 wins & 31 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
155 min


It's late, Clara. Sorry, but I wasn't

able to let you know I wouldn't be


(He fondles her, but he is

tired, feels like


Go to sleep now. Sleep.

He turns over on the other side. CLARA shuts her eyes, is about to drop off,

but whispers.


Your mother phoned. She took me for

somebody else...



And what'd you tell her?


I played dumb, so as not to

disappoint her. We had a nice little

talk. She says you never go see her,

and when she wants to see you she has

to come to Rome...Is it true?

SALVATORE doesn't answer. God only knows how often he's heard that question



She phoned just to say that?

She reaches out to switch of the light, buries her head into the pillow.


She said a certain Alfredo had died.

And the funeral's taking place

tomorrow afternoon...

(A strange look suddenly

comes into SALVATORE'S

eyes. The idea of going to

sleep has clearly left

him. It's a piece of news

he didn't expect. That's

taken him off-guard. CLARA

would like to carry on the

conversation, but

sleepiness makes

it almost impossible. An

she can manage is one last

question in a faint little


Who is it? A relative of yours?


No. Sleep. Go to sleep.

She falls asleep in the dead silence of the night. SALVATORE is seized by a

sort of chill a deep, troubled feeling. He gazes through the window al the city,

with its shimmering lights still moving in the darkness, suddenly shrouded in a

heavy curtain of rain. But he gazes off, beyond the row of houses, beyond the

dark sky; the shadow of a wind chime plays across his face summoning up endless

memories, drawing forth from the infinite depths of oblivion a past that he

thought had vanished, been wiped out, and instead now re-emerges, comes back to

life, takes on light, superimposing itself on the mellow middle-aged features of

his face, in the shadow of the city shaken by the storm, until another image is

formed, an ancient, remote image...

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Giuseppe Tornatore

Giuseppe Tornatore (born 27 May 1956) is an Italian film director and screenwriter. He is considered as one of the directors who brought critical acclaim back to Italian cinema. In a career spanning over 30 years he is best known for directing and writing drama films such as The Legend of 1900, Malèna, Baarìa and The Best Offer. Probably his most noted film is Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, for which Tornatore won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He directed also several advertising campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana. more…

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