Cinema Paradiso (1988)

GIUSEPPE TORNATORE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. 

Italy/France, 1988.  Cristaldifilm, Les Films Ariane, Rai 3, TF1 Films Production, Forum Picture.  Story by Giuseppe Tornatore, Screenplay by Giuseppe Tornatore, Collaboration with .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

A successful, aging filmmaker looks back on his youth and remembers his life and the influence that movies have had on him throughout. He recalls his younger days as a child when we would pull the craziest pranks to see movies whenever he could, befriending the local projectionist () while he was at it. As a teenager (played by ), he remembers running the cinema with Noiret and falling in love with a local beauty. Mawkishly sentimental, this one always brings a tear to the eye of anyone who really loves the experience of going to the movies. It’s sweet and simple, very enjoyable and mighty classy too. Fans of Amarcord will especially delight in seeing Fellini’s classic piece of nostalgia ripped off in spades, but in such a way that pays tribute and therefore doesn’t do any harm. The performances are wonderful, and the finale montage is divinely emotional.

Academy Award:  Best Foreign Language Film

Cannes Film Festival Award:  Grand Jury Prize (tie)

Golden Globe Award:   Best Foreign Language Film

Toronto International Film Festival:   1989

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