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Rating: 8.4/10 by 1904 users

Cinema Paradiso (1988)

A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist.

  • Giuseppe Tornatore
  • Giuseppe Giglietti
  • Giuseppe Tornatore
Release Date: Thu, Nov 17, 1988

Rating: 8.4/10 by 1904 users

Alternative Title:
Ново кино Парадизо - BG
Cinema el paradiso - FI
Cinema Paradiso - FR
Le Cinema Paradis - FR
Σινεμά ο Παράδεισος - GR
Kino Paradiso - HR
Nyû shinema paradaisu - JP
시네마 천국 - KR
Bioskop Paradizo - RS
Новый кинотеатр Парадизо - RU
Cennet Sinemasi - TR

Runtime: 02 hour 04 minutes
Budget: $0
Revenue: $11,990,401

Plot Keyword: sicily, movie business, parent child relationship, cinema, kiss, flashback, coming of age, haunted by the past, censorship, movie theatre, nuovo cinema paradiso

Andres Gomez

Nice comedy-drama about the youth at the small town of an Italian kid.

Shreyance Parakh

**Soulful** Why did it had to end... The movie was like a breath of fresh air.Every thing about it was so refreshing and soulful that you can never get bored of it.It's one of those movies that you can watch again and again and again...The music, the story, the acting, the direction, the editing, all of it makes this an absolutely beautiful gem of a movie. One of the best movies that i ever saw and will ever see not because it was any different from other movies or better written, directed or acted, but because it's MAGIC, it stays with you.The soul of the movie stays with you beyond the credits.It stays with you forever. I just can't stop smiling remembering the scenes, the smiles on the characters faces, the music... Everybody who wants to FEEL happiness must watch this movie.In one word it's just SOULFUL !!


When you think about cinematography, nowadays you usually think about digital cinematography. But during the early '50s, '60s, and onward, there was a use of this thing called film. Film was what they used in cameras before cameras actually saved them into memory slots digitally. Projectionists actually had to crank the film projectors early on, before the automatic film projectors started coming in, otherwise the film would catch on fire. This movie is about friendship between a projectionist in a film watcher/altar boy, and the film watcher/altar boy was young, maybe 4th grade age. This movie is great! I haven't seen foreign films, in fact, this is the first foreign film I've ever seen. But I'm glad this is the first one to be a foreign film that is a first for me. Want to know why? Because this movie is phenomenal! The little soundtrack that there is has been greatly by whoever composed it. Jacquees Perrin is a good adult version of Toto. The only bad thing I have to say about this is the lack of character development in terms of Elena's character development. I mean, she is a love interest for until Salvatore gets back to the town after his stint in the military, and then she is never heard from again. This movie is a classic, and it is also the definition of a classic. Anyone who watches movies, or plans to see a movie should watch this movie. This is a must see film for any era, and any generation of film viewers.

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