Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso) (1988)

Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso) (1988)

Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)



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Cinema Paradiso offers a nostalgic look at films and the effect they have on a young boy who grows up in and around the title village movie theater in this Italian comedy drama that is based on the life and times of screenwriter/director Giuseppe Tornatore. The story begins in the present as a Sicilian mother pines for her estranged son, Salvatore, who left many years ago and has since become a prominent Roman film director who has taken the advice of his mentor too literally. He finally returns … More

Rating: R (for some sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Fernandez, Giuseppe Tornatore, Vanna Paoli
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 18, 2003
Box Office: $0.2M
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as Salvatore As A Boy

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as Salvatore As A Man

as Young Elena

as Adult Elena

as Young Maria

as Spaccafico

as Peppino's Father

as Fr. Adelfio

as Bill Sticker

as Blacksmith
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Critic Reviews for Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (19)

Returning to cinemas in spiffily remastered form ... the film retains its wide-eyed charm, pitched halfway between unrestrained romanticism and unknowing kitsch.

Full Review… | December 9, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

The heightened symmetry of this new/old Cinema Paradiso makes the film a fuller experience, like an old friend haunted by the exigencies of time.

Full Review… | July 19, 2002
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Recent changes to cinema which have seen the projectionist's art sidelined in the digital age add a further layer of poignancy to the magical memories.

Full Review… | December 16, 2013
Observer [UK]

It looks lovely and is full of classic, memorable moments, including a tear-jerking finale.

Full Review… | December 13, 2013
Daily Express

One of the most delightful and affecting of all movie endings.

Full Review… | December 12, 2013
Daily Mail [UK]

Cinema Paradiso is much loved, though I have occasionally been the man in the Bateman cartoon: the reviewer who confessed to finding Cinema Paradiso a bit sugary and the kid really annoying.

Full Review… | December 12, 2013

Audience Reviews for Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)

(For the original, shorter cut)

Louis Rogers
Louis Rogers

Super Reviewer


A filmmaker's film made with love and appreciation for the art, Cinema Paradiso is a beautiful piece of cinema that's unforgettable!

paul o.
paul oh

Super Reviewer


After viewing the director's cut of Cinema Paradiso, I can understand why Giuseppe Tornatore decided to cut most of the third act -- some scenes are extremely schmaltzy and maudlin, treading dangerously close to soap opera-bad. There are other aspects I could harp on (its overly ambitious attempt to shoehorn political themes, its flowery dialogue, etc.) but sometimes a film has so much spirit and is so heartfelt that you just have to let yourself get wrapped up in it. Plus, I'm a sucker for any love letter to the cinema.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the fantastic ending kissing montage. It was perfectly executed, well acted and really solidified the heart and soul of the story (the relationship between Salvatore and Alfredo). If only the rest of the film would have been as fully realized, then we'd be talking about a masterpiece.

Jonathan Hutchings

Super Reviewer

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