Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore Cast: Philippe Noiret, Salvatore Cascio, Marco Leonardi

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/14/2017
UPC: 0760137977094
Original Release: 1988
Source: Arrow Video
Region Code: 0
Time: 4:58:00
Sales rank: 450

Special Features

  • Restored from the original camera negative and presented in two versions - the 124 minute Cannes Festival theatrical version and the 174 minute Director’s Cut
  • Uncompressed original stereo 2.0 Audio and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio options
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio commentary with director Giuseppe Tornatore and Italian cinema expert critic Millicent Marcus
  • A Dream of Sicily - A 52-minute documentary profile of Giuseppe Tornatore featuring interviews with director and extracts from his early home movies as well as interviews with director Francesco Rosi and painter Peppino Ducato, set to music by the legen
  • A Bear and a Mouse in Paradise - A 27-minute documentary on the genesis of Cinema Paradiso, the characters of Toto and Alfredo, featuring interviews with the actors who play them, Philippe Noiret and Salvatore Cascio as well as Tornatore
  • The Kissing Sequence - Giuseppe Tornatore discusses the origins of the kissing scenes with full clips identifying each scene
  • Original Director’s Cut Theatrical Trailer and 25th Anniversary Re-Release Trailer
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet by Pasquale Iannone illustrated with archive stills, behind-the-scenes images and posters

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Philippe Noiret Alfredo
Salvatore Cascio Salvatore (Child)
Marco Leonardi Salvatore (Adolescent)
Jacques Perrin Salvatore (Adult)
Antonella Attili Maria (Young)
Pupella Maggio Older Maria
Agnese Nano Elena (Adolescent)
Brigitte Fossey Elena (Adult) [only in the director's cut]
Enzo Cannavale Spaccafico
Isa Danieli Anna
Leo Gullotta Bill Sticker
Leopoldo Trieste Fr. Adelfio
Tano Cimarosa Blacksmith
Nicola di Pinto Madman
Roberta Lena Lia
Nino Terzo Peppino's Father
Giorgio Libassi Actor
Beatrice Palme Actor
Ignazio Pappalardo Actor

Technical Credits
Giuseppe Tornatore Director,Screenwriter
Beatrice Bordone Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrea Crisanti Art Director,Production Designer
Franco Cristaldi Producer
Blasco Giurato Cinematographer
Mario Morra Editor
Andrea Morricone Score Composer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Maurizio Trani Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cinema Paradiso - Theatrical Version
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
Disc #2 -- Cinema Paradiso - Director's Cut
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12

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Cinema Paradiso 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
theres a good reason the theatrical release was held in such high regard....it made the tender relationship between toto and alfredo the centerpiece. directors cut made toto and elena the focus, with farless dramatic impact than the beauty/purity of toto/alfredo. Toto returns on the news that Alfredo is gone...not Elena is still kicking around!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you don't understand Italian at least get the Director's Cut from this 1988 Academy Award winning film for Best Foreign Film. Young Toto's passion for film is encouraged by his mentor and father figure during his childhood in Sicily until Elena threatens to distract him at 16. When Toto leaves for Rome to do his mandatory military service a double cross tears him and Elena apart. The loss fuels Toto's cinematic career until he returns to his village an old man with the death of his mentor. Toto not only revisits his past but discovers the betrayal that tore Elena away. A heartbreaking retelling of the loves that haunt and inspire us always.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw this movie in school. I was reluctant at first, the only other foreign films I had seen had been terrible (french movies).This movie is hilarious. The little boy is abosolutely adorable. Don't get the dubbed version, you'll regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A classic...the friendship between the boy and the old man is one of the most memorable screen relationships of all time. I saw the theatrical cut first, and must admit that I prefer it to the also included director's cut...both are wonderful, but the story is cleaner and tighter in the short version. Here is a beautiful film, not to be missed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed both the theatrical version and the director's version. However the director's ending changes the story. This is a must see movie. It revolves around Toto's relationship with Alfredo and the movie theater, but there's also more to it. Such as Toto's love for Elena which does not change in the end. It shows that when you truly love someone there is no other person for you.
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