Cinema Paradiso Movie Review 1988

Information and Film Reviews for Cinema Paradiso the Movie

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Memoir of a boy's life working at a movie theatre in small-town Italy after WWII. Film aspires to both majestic sweep and stirring poignancy, but only occasionally hits its target. Still manages to move the viewer, and it features a suitably low-key performance by the masterful Noiret. Autobiographically inspired script written by Tornatore. The version shown in America is approximately a half-hour shorter than the original Italian form.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 123 minutes.
Originally from Italian.

Cast and Crew

Italy, Postwar, Childhood Visions, At the Movies
Giuseppe Tornatore
Philippe Noiret, Jacques Perrin, Salvatore Cascio, Marco Leonardi, Agnes Nano, Leopoldo Trieste
Basco Giurato
Giuseppe Tornatore
Ennio Morricone
Miramax Films


Oscars 1989: Foreign Film; British Acad. 1990: Actor (Noiret), Foreign Film, Orig. Screenplay, Support. Actor (Cascio); Cannes 1989: Grand Jury Prize; Golden Globes 1990: Foreign Film.

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