My Look at Movies: Cinema Paradiso

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  1. Dome Vongvises

    Dome Vongvises Lead Actor

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    Before cries of outrage take place, I would like to go ahead and say up front that I credit Edwin Pereya and Scott Weinberg in coming up with "taking a look at movies" approach to discussion. Quite frankly, I think it's a great idea, and I'd like to share a look at some movie gems (and turds) I've seen over my past life.
    Cineman Paradiso
    Score: A-
    This is one of the movies we had to watch for ENG 281-001 at the University of Kentucky (Intro to Film). And I'll honestly say if it weren't for this class, I would've not been able to have discovered this cinematic gem.
    CP is the flashback story of a young boy named Toto who grows up in a small Sicilian village watching movies at his local theater house. There he befriends Alfredo, an old man who runs the projector. Their relationship grows from one of antagonizing action, to acceptance, and finally friendship. As the story progresses, we see Toto grow and mature as he goes through different parts of his life. And finally in the end Toto, a now successful film director in Italy, reflects on his life, particularly his friendship with Alfredo, his relationship with his mother, his lost-love Elena, and his love of the movies.
    I'm simply amazed by the moving story that Giuseppe Tornatore presents before us. Regardless of the fact that it's a foreign film, anybody from the planet Earth can easily identify with its themes of fascination, love, and maturity. Alfredo, the wiseman character in this film, serves to not only tutor Toto in the ways film projection, but to also show him the ways of life. A clear cut example is when Toto is a young adult and Alfredo encourages him to leave and never return to the town of Giancoli. While this may seem cruel, one needs to look no further than to see the lesson inherent in this stern lecture: never hold onto the past, but merely reflect upon it, a life lesson we may all need to heed.
    One thing I'm kind of surprised by is the portrayals of Italians, particularly Sicilians. After having read The Godfather and watching other Italian mobster movies, you'd think that such charcterizations are exaggerated. The way they watch movies is in such stark contrast to what we have in America (and people complain about cell phones [​IMG] ). I was slightly amused, but more understanding of the fact that public places, particularly the movie house in this film, served as a place where the community can come together (no pun intended) and enjoy the movies as one.
    I would recommend anybody to take a chance with this movie. You'll be quite surprised. As a matter of fact, it's one of those movies that wouldn't be a bad idea for a date (any girl with a heartbeat will find Toto, during his kid days, to be cute. Case example is a girl in my class). Such a moving story could easily be classified as a tearjerker. Not to say I cried or anything, but you get the point [​IMG]
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    This has been one of my favorites for several years since I discovered it completely by accident on Cinemax (or some such). Every time I see it I'm literally moved to tears by the final scenes.
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  3. Bruce Hedtke

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    A world class film, Cinema Paradiso truly deserves all praise that can be heaped upon it. Stunningly well done and moving, it has taken a spot in my favorite films list. The DVD is a joy as well.
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  4. Dome Vongvises

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    I got to rewatch certain scenes in this movie and realized that I had overlooked something very important: the score!!! Besides the narrative, I think the score is one of the most beautiful and moving I've ever heard.
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  5. SteveGon

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    I really love this movie - it's one of the better "nostalgia" flicks that the Italian cinema has been churning out the last couple of decades. While the current version is fine as is, I'd still like to see the extended version. BTW, how's the current dvd?
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    One of the few movies that actually makes me cry every time that I see it.
     
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    This film has been on my "to see" list for a long time, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. It does have one of Morricone's most beautiful themes, however.
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    This is my very favorite film!!! Certainly the best thing Tornatore every made. My only gripe is that many video outlets only carry the very poorly dubbed vhs version which is really an insult to this great movie. I've seen it run that way on tv too. It's a shame that this is the only way most people will be exposed to this wonderful film. The DVD has both versions on it. Check it out and see what I mean.!
     
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