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Cinema Paradiso(Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)

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Italy, France · 1988
Rated PG · 2h 4m
Director Giuseppe Tornatore
Starring Philippe Noiret, Jacques Perrin, Marco Leonardi, Salvatore Cascio
Genre Drama, Romance

Cinema Paradiso is a nostalgic love letter to the movies. It follows a filmmaker, Salvatore, as he looks back on his formative childhood experiences at the local movie house in his Sicilian village. There, he forms a deep friendship with the projectionist, Alfredo, who instills in him a lifelong love of film.

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TV Guide Magazine by

They don't make movies like they used to, and this Oscar-winning Italian-French co-production spends the better part of three hours proving it.


Chicago Tribune by Dave Kehr

A few moments of sly inspiration are not enough to carry an entire feature; along with the tears, it leaves behind an aftertaste of phoniness. [16 March 1990, Friday, p.H]

70 by John Hartl

A sweet, funny exercise in nostalgia, though it's also self-congratulatory and awfully calculating.


Chicago Reader by Jonathan Rosenbaum

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.


San Francisco Chronicle by Mick LaSalle

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]


Time by Richard Schickel

Remain open to fantasies but not be consumed by them. These are good lessons for a would-be director. They are good lessons for everybody. And no recent movie has taught them with more patient sweetness. [Feb. 5, 1990]

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