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Life imitates art and vise versa in "Cinema Paradiso"

Cinema Paradiso movie poster
Cinema Paradiso movie poster
Miramax Films

Rating 5 out of 5.

Back in 1988 director Giuseppe Tornatore created an incredible Italian film Cinema Paradiso.  The story follows the life of a young boy in a small town with World War II just outside of their small town.  There are many aspects of this film that make it and awesome find for a rental movie night, along with great discussions to be had after. 

Cinema Paradiso has breath-taking images, the blocking as well as scenes are incredibly put together.  Many of the scenes look like they could be framed and autioned off to the highest bidder.  An ongoing theme in this film is the connection between life and art as well as the connection the town has to each other and their beloved cinema. 

The acting of Salvatore Cascio, Marco Leonardi and Philippe Noiret is brilliant.  These actors are captivating and you cannot seem to get enough of them.  Even though Cascio was a little rough around the edges at first, you cannot help but love his character.  Another of this film's amazing strenghts is the emotion behind almost every scene, everything is real and the careful attention to detail in editing and costumes help us in getting to know not just the main characters but the beloved townsfolk of Giancaldo, Sicily to the point that you almost feel that you are one of them.  Just like the supporting cast from The Simpsons, the townsfolk of Giancaldo are almost as important as the main characters. 

It is very hard to find films that have all their elements come together so perfectly, Cinema Paradiso is a one such film and it is definitely worth the viewing for the moving messages the film has to teach and conversations with friends after.

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  • Jane 5 years ago

    Concur ~ very well deserved 5 out of 5.

    I also came across this film by chance last year on a World Cinema rack. This well observed, sharply defined review brought it all vividly into recall. It's a cinematic artwork with wonderfully captivating performances. (Time for another viewing).