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Learn more about Cinema Paradiso (Blu-Ray):

Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 223152514
UPC: 031398144342
UPC 14: 00031398144342
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's Note
A nostalgic look at a young boy's coming-of-age in postwar Italy and his fascination with a small local cinema, CINEMA PARADISO from director Giuseppe Tornatore is a famed and beloved classic.

"Alfredo is dying." Those words jolt the successful filmmaker Salvatore (played as a child by Salvatore Cascio, as a teen by Marco Leonardi, and as an adult by Jacques Perrin), into contemplating his childhood and the hours he spent in the projection booth of his adored local movie theater, Cinema Paradiso. Alfredo (Philippe Noiret), owner of the moviehouse, befriended and encouraged young Salvatore, known as "Toto" as he grew up in his small Sicilian home town, ravaged by the horrors of the war. The cinema offered escape and fantasy to the townspeople, including Toto's mother, a grieving war widow. In one breathtaking scene a popular comedy is projected onto the walls of the town square and the entire town glows in the dreamy light of projected celluloid, washing away the harsh realities of poverty and grief. As Toto grows to manhood, his friendship with his mentor deepens. With the love and guidance of the aging man, Toto navigates the trials of first love and builds on his ever-growing passion for the cinema. Ultimately, it is Alfredo who convinces Toto to leave his village to pursue his dreams of becoming a director. But as Salvatore thinks back on his youthful romances and his innocent love of movies, he comes to realize that perhaps his success has come at a very high price. A beautifully filmed tribute to the power of movies that captivated an entire generation of filmgoers, CINEMA PARADISO is an unforgettable masterpiece.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/17/2013
Video Play Time Running Time: 121 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1989
Video UPC UPC: 00031398144342
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Philippe Noiret
Video Cast Info Marco Leonardi
Video Cast Info Antonella Attili
Video Cast Info Leopoldo Trieste
Video Cast Info Isa Danieli
Video Cast Info Jacques Perrin
Video Cast Info Leo Gullotta
Video Cast Info Salvatore Cascio
Video Cast Info Pupella Maggio
Video Cast Info Blasco Giurato - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Peter Fernandez - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Franco Cristaldi - Producer
Video Cast Info Giuseppe Tornatore - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Ennio Morricone - Composer
Video Cast Info Giuseppe Tornatore - Director

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"...Movie lovers will lose their hearts to CINEMA PARADISO....Magic, romance and fun..." 02/22/1990 p.39

Sight and Sound
"...CINEMA PARADISO itself possesses enough command and self-conviction to demonstrate that movies can still manage to manifest an alternative universe..." 12/01/1989 p.64

Los Angeles Times
"...It's a shining valentine to the movies....Its gets right at the messy, impure, wondrous way they capture and enrapture us..." 02/16/1990 p.F1

Chicago Sun-Times
"...An enchanting, bittersweet movie..." 02/07/2003 p.24

Total Film
"...Told in amber-toned flashbacks, CINEMA PARADISO is a film all about glorious, beautiful nostalgia..." 07/01/2003 p.131

Ultimate DVD
5 stars out of 5 -- "Alive with rich period detail and lovely acting....It's a genuine classic." 05/01/2007 p.119

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