Nuovo Cinema Paradiso


1990 Oscar

Best Foreign Language Film

Grand Prize of the Jury

Cannes Film Festival 1989

Best Foreign Language Film

Hollywood Golden Globes

Special Prize of the Jury

Felix Award 1989

Best Actor for Philippe Noiret

Felix Award 1989

Best Foreign Film

French Csar Awards

Best Poster of the Year

French Csar Awards

Best Foreign Film

Japanese newspaper "Mainichi Eiga"

Best Foreign Language Film

Japanese press

EuropaCinema Festival Prize

Best technical contribution

Confdration internationale

des cinmas d'essai Prize

Pasinetti Prize

Italian Syndicate of Film Journalists

Best Music

David di Donatello Awards

Best Original Film Score prize

for Ennio Morricone

Efebo d'Oro Prize

Cinema & Societ Prize

Presented at the following festivals:

Cannes Locarno

EuropaCinema, Bari

Edinburgh Montreal

Mosca Miami

Palm Springs Telluride

Tokyo Valladolid

London Alexandria

New Delhi

Yes, Salvatore di Vita.

You mean you don't know him, Miss?

That's right, and I'm his mother.

I've been calling from Sicily,

all day long.

I see he's not there.

Could you please give me

his number?

656 22 056.

Thank you. Goodbye.

It's useless to call.

He's busy. God knows where he is.

He won't even remember.

Forget it.

He hasn't been here for 30 years.

You know what he's like.

He'll remember.

I'm sure he will. I know him

better than you do.

If he finds out we didn't tell him,

he'll be angry.

I'd like to talk

to Signor Salvatore di Vita.

I'm his mother.

Salvatore what time is it?

It's late.

Sorry, I couldn't phone

to say I'd be late.

Go back to sleep.

Your mother phoned.

She thought I was someone else.

What did you tell her?

Nothing, I didn't want

to disappoint her. We had a long chat.

She said you've not visited her for

30 years. She must come to see you.

She called just to say that?

No, she said someone's died.

Someone called Alfredo.

The funeral is tomorrow.

Who is he? A relative?

No go back to sleep.

How can I say Mass with this boy?


Thank God for that!

How do I have to tell you?

Without the bell, I don't know where I am.

Always asleep!

What do you do at night? Eat?

Father Adelfio, at home

we don't even eat at lunchtime.

The vet says that's why I'm tired.

I'll tell you why you're tired.

Think I don't know?

Run along now, I've something to do.

- Can I come with you?

- No, you can't.

Toto, go away!


You can start.

Here we go again.

The frame!


One day, everything will be ours.

We'll go away together.

To live the good life

where no one knows us.

Stop dreaming.

You don't love me any more.


100 lire! Pure nylon!

You mustn't come here.

How many times

do I have to tell you?

You're only little.

If there's a fire,

you'll go up in smoke.

"And turn into a piece of charcoal."

You've a big mouth.

One of these days I'll cut it off.

Like that.

Can I have it?

Please can I have it?

Well, can I or not?

Are you deaf or something?

I have to splice it back before I return

the film. You're such a pest!

Then why didn't you splice these

before you returned the films?

Well, sometimes I can't find

the right place, so they stay here.

They kiss too much, anyway.

- Then I can have these.

- Now you listen to me.

Let's make a deal,

before I kick you up the arse.

- All these are yours, a present.

- Thank you.

But first, you don't come here again.

Second, I keep them here. Get it?

OK, so we're agreed. Now, scram!

What kind of deal is that? If they're

mine, how come you keep them?

Don't come back or I'll thrash you!

"Shoot first, think later.

"This is no job for weaklings,

cuckolds and traitors.

"Hey, you bastard!

Hands off that gold!

"Stay away from me,

you dirty swine,

"or I'll smash your face in!"

If the war's over,

why doesn't Dad come back?

He'll come back, you'll see.

One of these days.

I don't remember him.

Where is Russia?

It takes years to get there

and years to come back.

Go to bed, Toto. It's late.

You can fool your mother,

but not me.

Get your piece of paper

and join the police, you little wretch!

Come on!

Well? How much is 5 x 5?


The five times table, you dimwit!

1 x 5 = 5.

2 x 5 = 10.

3 x 5 = 15.

4 x 5 = 20.

5 x 5?



For the last time

- 5 x 5?

- Christmas!

I've a ticket,

I want to see the film.

Get down. You can't stay here.

Go back to your seat!

They're all over the place,

like rabbits.

I must go to Oregon.

Wait for me at my ranch.

Wait for a dead man?

A star-studded cast

featuring John Wayne,

Claire Trevor

Good evening, everyone!

Can't I say hello?

- Double-bill today.

- So what? I come here to sleep.

Cut the news, Alfredo!


The men and women who fought

in the Resistance

are reunited in Rome

for the First Resistance Rally

organized by CVL.

Prime Minister Parri





What does it say?

- Who knows? I'm illiterate.

- You too?

The Italian language is not spoken

by the poor in Sicily.

12 hours of blood and sweat

to take home the bare minimum

required not to die of hunger.

And yet, their nets

were full

when they pulled them up

All day fishing,

and what do we have to show for it?

That may be so,

but what can we do?

I knew it!

20 years going to the cinema,

and I've never seen a kiss!

Will we ever?

Son of a b*tch!

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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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  • AKBricker
    Can anyone tell me where I could possibly find the text for this wonderful film in italiano? Vivo negli Stati Uniti e cerco di imparare questa lingua. Grazie Mille.
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    • babatunde_a
      hi, did you find the text. I am also learning the beautiful language
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