Cinema Paradiso 1988
Directed by: Giuseppe Tornatore
Salvatore Vita a Film Director returned home one night to receive a news from his girlfriend that his mother called to say that Alfredo has died and that his funeral will take place tomorrow, then he went to bed and reminisce his childhood back when he was 6 yrs old, serving as an altar boy in a local church in his hometown in Giancaldo, Sicily, and often sneaks in the theater watching secretly behind the curtains while the local priest watches the movie and act as censor uses a bell to signal Alfredo the projectionist to tag the film and cut the scene as for the Priest kissing is a Pornography.
I never knew Italian Film was a gem until I found this bittersweet Movie of Guiseppe Tornatore a feel-good yet simple movie that inspires, and will never be forgotten, a movie that will make you love more movies and inspire to be a filmmaker someday, and anyone who really understand why they love to watch Movies will sure love Cinema Paradiso, during World War II a young boy named Salvatore or Toto who during that time lost his father in the War finds his way to a very unlikely friendship with an old projectionist in their local Cinema, who hesitantly teaches him to operate the projector, because he sees potential in him (Toto) and being behind that booth is not for him to do, encourages him to finish his studies and pursue a better life.
It is a coming of age story started from his very youth to his teenage years, got distracted by a young lady named Ellena, who he immediately falls in-love with and him as an adult being far away from home, jaded by his life’s past. So the story’s timeline has divided into three parts, basically we see Toto’s development and how Alfredo has strongly influenced his present life, he never returns home for 30 years until Alfredo’s death. He knows that if Toto stays in that small town nothing good will ever happen to him, although Alfredo is blind, he sees things much better than before.
“Whatever you end up doing, love it. The way you loved the projection booth when you were a little squirt. ”
What so unforgettable about this Film? It is a 2-hour foreign film that revolves around the friendship of Alfredo and Toto, who grew up to pursue a life he really loves and admires, plus a beautiful and soulful soundtrack that is scored by Ennio Morricone being played as a background music, and the gorgeous scenery shots of Sicily they included in the first 30 minutes of the film, and of course the final scene, where Salvatore went back to Rome and watches the Reel of film Alfredo has left for him, I would say that is the most satisfying endings I’ve ever seen.
During the last 3 minutes Toto sat and watch, he realized that those are the scenes Alfredo has removed during the time when kissing scene is being banned by their local priest, what a nostalgic feeling that was, after so many years Alfredo has not forgotten that these kissing scenes he spliced and collected all belong to Toto.