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Cinema Paradiso
 
 

Directed by Giuseppe Tornare, Italy 1988
119 mins. Italian dialogue with English sub-titles

WINNER : BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM AT 1990 OSCARS

WINNER : GRAND PRIX DU JURY AT 1989 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

 
Summary:
 

A gloriously romantic and nostalgic homage to the magic of cinema.  A famous film director remembers his childhood at the Cinema Paradiso where Alfredo, the projectionist, first nurtured his love of films.  He returns home to his Sicilian village for the first time after 30 years and is reminded of his first love, Elena, who disappeared from his life before he left for Rome.

 
What the Critics say:
 

"Its confidence is staggering. And its commitment to a classic narrative that is also essentially a parable story, markedly unusual. They really don't make them like that any more."  (Antonia Quirke - Financial Times)


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