Cinema Paradiso (Blu-Ray)

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Product Overview


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 223152514
UPC 031398144342
UPC 14 00031398144342
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 9/17/2013
Rating Rating
Coming Of Age
Essential Cinema
Kids Adventure
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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
Giuseppe Tornatore
Marco Leonardi
Antonella Attili
Jacques Perrin
Salvatore Cascio
Cast & Crew
Philippe Noiret - Star
Marco Leonardi - Star
Antonella Attili - Star
Leopoldo Trieste - Star
Isa Danieli - Star
Jacques Perrin - Star
Leo Gullotta - Star
Salvatore Cascio - Star
Pupella Maggio - Star
Blasco Giurato - Director of Photography
Peter Fernandez - Screenwriter
Franco Cristaldi - Producer
Giuseppe Tornatore - Screenwriter
Ennio Morricone - Composer
Giuseppe Tornatore - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1989
UPC 00031398144342
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 121 minutes
Color Color
No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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