Cinema Paradiso [Blu-ray] [2 Discs] [1988]

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Overview

Special Features

  • A Bear and a Mouse in Paradise - a 27-minute documentary on the making of Cinema Paradiso and the characters of Toto and Alfredo, featuring interviews with the actors who play them, Philippe Noiret and Salvatore Cascio as well as Tornatore
  • A Dream of Sicily - a 52-minute documentary profile of Giuseppe Tornatore featuring interviews with director Francesco Rosi and painter Peppino Ducato, set to music by the legendary Ennio Morricone
  • Audio commentary with director Giuseppe Tornatore and Italian cinema expert critic Millicent Marcus
  • Original director's cut theatrical trailer and 25th anniversary re-release trailer
  • The Kissing Sequence - Giuseppe Tornatore discusses the origins of the kissing scenes with clips identifying each scene

Synopsis

Cinema Paradiso
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 to his home village to attend the funeral of the town's former film projectionist, Alfredo, and, in so doing, embarks upon a journey into his boyhood just after WWII when he became the man's official son. In the dark confines of the Cinema Paradiso, the boy and the other townsfolk try to escape from the grim realities of post-war Italy. The town censor is also there to insure nothing untoward appears onscreen, invariably demanding that all kissing scenes be edited out. One day, Salvatore saves Alfredo's life after a fire, and then becomes the new projectionist. A few years later, Salvatore falls in love with a beautiful girl who breaks his heart after he is inducted into the military. Thirty years later, Salvatore has come to say goodbye to his life-long friend, who has left him a little gift in a film can. In 2002, over a decade after the film's original release, Tornatore brought the original 170-minute director's cut to American screens for the first time. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Philippe Noiret
    Philippe Noiret - Alfredo
  • Salvatore Cascio
    Salvatore Cascio - Salvatore (Child)
  • Marco Leonardi
    Marco Leonardi - Salvatore (Adolescent)
  • Jacques Perrin
    Jacques Perrin - Salvatore (Adult)
  • Antonella Attili
    Antonella Attili - Maria (Young)
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