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Nuovo cinema Paradiso (1988)
Italy / Italian
"A celebration of youth, friendship, and the everlasting magic of the movies. "
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.
Ignazio Pappalardo /td>
Angela Leontini /td>
Giorgio Libassi /td>
Beatrice Palme /td>
Mariella Lo Giudice /td>
Turi Giuffrida /td>
Nellina Laganà /td>
Brigitte Fossey Elena Mendola - Adult, Director's cut only
Philippe Noiret Alfredo
Jacques Perrin Salvatore 'Toto' Di Vita - Adult
Nino Terzo Peppino's Father
Roberta Lena Lia
Nicola Di Pinto Village Idiot
Tano Cimarosa Blacksmith
Salvatore Cascio Salvatore 'Toto' Di Vita - Child
Leopoldo Trieste Father Adelfio
Agnese Nano Elena Mendola
Pupella Maggio Maria Di Vita - Older
Marco Leonardi Salvatore 'Toto' Di Vita - Teenager
Leo Gullotta Usher
Isa Danieli Anna
Enzo Cannavale Spaccafico
Antonella Attili Maria Di Vita - Younger
Mimmo Mignemi /td>
Margherita Mignemi /td>
Giuseppe Pellegrino /td>
Turi Killer /td>
Angelo Tosto /td>
Concetta Borpagano /td>
Franco Catalano /td>
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Producer: Franco Cristaldi,Giovanna Romagnoli
Writer: Vanna Paoli,Giuseppe Tornatore
The Loves Of 'Toto' Beautifully Told
After seeing this special edition DVD which shows the entire 174-minute film (in addition to the 121-minute one that most of us had seen over the years,) my rating of this film was elevated. This review is of the longer "director's cut."

Most of the new footage involved the main's character's romance while he was a young man. The story then is continued years later when that character comes back to his hometown for a funeral and runs into the woman he was in love with but never was able to get for his own. It turns out to be a somewhat tragic love story.

The first part of the film, with Salvatore Cascio as "Toto" a young boy is a love story about two people sharing their love of movies: the kid and an adult "Alfredo" (Phillpe Noiret) who runs the local movie theater. Their love of film bonds them for life.

The word "love" is used repeatedly in this review because that's the dominant theme: the love people had for others and for the world of film, something all of us on this website share.

The second and third parts of the film are the above-mentioned love story of Toto (Marco Leonardi as an adolescent and then Jacques Perrin as an adult) and "Elena" (Agnese Nano/ Brigitte Fossey). The first third of this director;s cut edition is much livelier and interesting, frankly, than the last two-thirds. Although not boring, it does drag in a few spots but the longer version is better in the long run because it makes the whole story much more meaningful.

It's very nicely filmed and you get a real feel for the Italian people and their little town. The director of the movie, Giuseppe Tornatore, went on to make other great visual films, two of which I also like: Malena and The Star Maker.....but Cinema Paradiso, I believe, is considered his "masterpiece."

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Storage device:DVD
Imdb rating: 8.4
Musician: Ennio Morricone
Running time: 170 min (director's cut)
Subtitles: Svenska
Audio tracks: Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]
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