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            Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988)

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            A filmmaker recalls his childhood when falling in love with the pictures at the cinema of his home village and forms a deep friendship with the cinema's projectionist.


            Giuseppe Tornatore


            Giuseppe Tornatore (story), Giuseppe Tornatore (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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            Top Rated Movies #52 | Won 1 Oscar. Another 24 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »



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            Cast overview, first billed only:
            Antonella Attili ... Maria Di Vita - Younger
            Enzo Cannavale Enzo Cannavale ... Spaccafico
            Isa Danieli ... Anna
            Leo Gullotta ... Usher
            Marco Leonardi ... Salvatore 'Totò' Di Vita - Teenager
            Pupella Maggio Pupella Maggio ... Maria Di Vita - Older
            Agnese Nano ... Elena Mendola
            Leopoldo Trieste ... Father Adelfio
            Salvatore Cascio ... Salvatore 'Totò' Di Vita - Child
            Tano Cimarosa ... Blacksmith
            Nicola Di Pinto ... Village Idiot
            Roberta Lena Roberta Lena ... Lia
            Nino Terzo ... Peppino's Father
            Jacques Perrin ... Salvatore 'Totò' Di Vita - Adult
            Philippe Noiret ... Alfredo


            A boy who grew up in a native Sicilian Village returns home as a famous director after receiving news about the death of an old friend. Told in a flashback, Salvatore reminiscences about his childhood and his relationship with Alfredo, a projectionist at Cinema Paradiso. Under the fatherly influence of Alfredo, Salvatore fell in love with film making, with the duo spending many hours discussing about films and Alfredo painstakingly teaching Salvatore the skills that became a stepping stone for the young boy into the world of film making. The film brings the audience through the changes in cinema and the dying trade of traditional film making, editing and screening. It also explores a young boy's dream of leaving his little town to foray into the world outside. Written by Clarisse P.

            Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


            A celebration of youth, friendship, and the everlasting magic of the movies.




            IIB | See all certifications »

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            Italy | France



            Release Date:

            18 January 1990 (Hong Kong) See more »

            Also Known As:

            Cinema Paradiso See more »


            Box Office


            $5,000,000 (estimated)

            Opening Weekend USA:

            $16,552, 4 February 1990

            Gross USA:


            Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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            Technical Specs


            | (director's cut) | (international)

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            Aspect Ratio:

            1.66 : 1
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            Did You Know?


            Giuseppe Tornatore's intention was that this movie should serve as an obituary for traditional movie theatres (like the one on the film) and the movie industry in general. After the movie's success he never mentioned this again. See more »


            When the subtitles are shown for the film "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" it reads "Unforgivable songs" rather than "Unforgettable songs" See more »


            [first lines]
            Maria Di Vita - Older: [in Italian]
            [on the phone]
            Maria Di Vita - Older: Yes, Salvatore di Vita. You mean you don't know him, Miss? That's right, and I'm his mother. I've been calling from Sicily, all day long. I understand, he's not there.
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            Alternate Versions

            Originally released in Italy at 155 minutes; after a very poor box office performance, the film was pulled out of circulation and shortened to 124 minutes. After it won the Special Jury Prize at the 1989 Cannes festival and the Best Foreign Film Oscar, it was re-released in Italy on video first in its initial 155 minutes cut and then in a special 170-minutes director's cut. See more »


            Referenced in The Eye of Istanbul (2019) See more »


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            A Masterpiece
            30 January 2005 | by darkside2003See all my reviews

            I seldom watch Italian movies, (i saw it today for the first time) being Italian maybe i'm biased, but this one really stands out. A real masterpiece; i can't remember another movie so moving like this one, maybe Schindler's list; it makes you laugh and it makes you cry, yet it is so simple and straightforward. Maybe there lies its magic: no Hollywood superstars, no special effects, just pure emotions and feelings, love, fear, grief and regret, nostalgia for childhood and youth, memories of places and times that will not come back, memories of the loved ones. Some movies are there to entertain, some to scare, some to question. This movie is there to affect your feelings. Definitely to be seen.

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