Nuovo Cinema Paradiso

1988, Drama, 2h 3m

80 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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Cinema Paradiso is a life-affirming ode to the power of youth, nostalgia, and the the movies themselves. Read critic reviews

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Young Salvatore Di Vita (Salvatore Cascio) discovers the perfect escape from life in his war-torn Sicilian village: the Cinema Paradiso movie house, where projectionist Alfredo (Philippe Noiret) instills in the boy a deep love of films. When Salvatore grows up, falls in love with a beautiful local girl (Agnese Nano) and takes over as the Paradiso's projectionist, Alfredo must convince Salvatore to leave his small town and pursue his passion for filmmaking.

Cast & Crew

Salvatore Cascio
Salvatore 'Toto' Di Vita - Child
Marco Leonardi
Salvatore 'Toto' Di Vita - Teenager
Jacques Perrin
Salvatore 'Toto' Di Vita - Adult
Agnese Nano
Elena Mendola
Leopoldo Trieste
Father Adelfio
Andrea Morricone
Original Music
Ennio Morricone
Original Music
Blasco Giurato
Cinematographer
Mario Morra
Film Editor
Andrea Crisanti
Production Design
Beatrice Bordone
Costume Designer
Giuseppe Giglietti
Assistant Director
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Critic Reviews for Nuovo Cinema Paradiso

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  • Cinema Paradiso itself possesses enough command and self-conviction to demonstrate that movies can still manage to manifest an alternative universe.

    January 11, 2020 | Full Review…
  • [Salvatore Cascio's] adorabilty-quotient can be a bit hard to take, but this is one of the better pieces of screen moppetry in recent years.

    December 6, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A cinema-lover's delight.

    September 6, 2017 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    December 16, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    December 12, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Tornatore may have hit a sticky wicket with his subsequent work, but he knew what he was doing here: warning us about the irrational lure of the filmed past, which is to say cinema itself, then ushering us grandly to our seats.

    December 12, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Nuovo Cinema Paradiso

  • Apr 16, 2013
    Paradiso is gorgeous film making. A true love story of cinema and how the appeal of an old theatre and its projectionist have on a budding movie lover.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 09, 2013
    "Cinema Paradiso" is a charming drama about friendship, childhood and the magic of cinema. Philippe Noiret and Salvatore Cascio are the standout performers; they have excellent chemistry during the first hour, which is the film's best part. After that, their friendship is put on hold for a good forty minutes while a sluggish romantic subplot takes center stage. While the romance is touching, it's nowhere near as interesting as the relationship between the two main characters. But even though its greatness is diminished by this, "Cinema Paradiso" is a fantastical experience worth any film lover's time.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Dec 30, 2012
    (For the original, shorter cut)
    Louis R Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2012
    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 Super Reviewer

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