Cinema Paradiso script
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.


An image from over forty years before. In the baroque church of

Giancaldo. SALVATORE is nine years old. Dressed as an altar boy, he

is kneeling by the altar with a little silver bell in his hands. The

congregation is also kneeling. The PRIEST is consecrating the Host.

Little SALVATORE has just got out of bed, is still half-asleep, yawns

and doesn't notice that the PRIEST is standing there with the Host in

the air glaring at him, as if trying to tell him something.


Pss! Pssst!

SALVATORE finishes yawning and opening his eyes meets the

withering look of the PRIEST. He gets the message at once and

rings the bell. Now the PRIEST can carry on, lifts the chalice and

the bell is heard again.

Cut to:

The service is over. The PRIEST is in the sacristy removing his

vestments. And SALVATORE is also there, removing his altar-boy



But how can I make you understand?

Without the bell I just can't go on!

Always half asleep, you are! What do

you do at night anyway? Eat instead

of sleep?


Father, at my house we don't even eat

at noon. That's why I'm always

sleepy. That's what the vet says.

The PRIEST has finished disrobing. He takes the bell

SALVATORE was holding during the service and turns to leave.

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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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