Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)
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Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo 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,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

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"Returning to cinemas in spiffily remastered form ... the film retains its wide-eyed charm, pitched halfway between unrestrained romanticism and unknowing kitsch."
‑ Guy Lodge, Time Out
"The film's final hour, where nearly all the previous unseen material resides, is unconvincing soap opera that Tornatore was right to cut."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Recent changes to cinema which have seen the projectionist's art sidelined in the digital age add a further layer of poignancy to the magical memories."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"Cinema Paradiso is much loved, though I have occasionally been the man in the Bateman cartoon: the reviewer who confessed to finding Cinema Paradiso a bit sugary and the kid really annoying."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A bald-faced act of unalloyed, weapons grade sentimentalism in which humanity is drained of anything with even a passing resemblance to a soul."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"The heightened symmetry of this new/old Cinema Paradiso makes the film a fuller experience, like an old friend haunted by the exigencies of time."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Still rapturous after all these years, Cinema Paradiso stands as one of the great films about movie love."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"It looks lovely and is full of classic, memorable moments, including a tear-jerking finale."
‑ Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express
"Tornatore may have hit a sticky wicket with his subsequent work, but he knew what he was doing here: warning us about the irrational lure of the filmed past, which is to say cinema itself, then ushering us grandly to our seats."
‑ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"A movie that dispenses bittersweetness, nostalgia and uplift in potent doses."
‑ Jessica Mellor, Total Film
"In the director's cut, the film is not only a love song to the movies but it also is more fully an example of the kind of lush, all-enveloping movie experience it rhapsodizes."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"This director's cut -- which adds 51 minutes -- takes a great film and turns it into a mundane soap opera."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"One of the most delightful and affecting of all movie endings."
‑ Brian Viner, Daily Mail [UK]
"Its confidence is staggering. And its commitment to a classic narrative that is also essentially a parable story, markedly unusual. They really don't make them like that any more."
‑ Antonia Quirke, Financial Times
"Utterly irresistible, this may be a cornball celebration of the art and social history of cinema, but it's also a thoughtful memoir of more innocent days, when pleasures rarely came cheaply or instantly."
‑ Patrick Peters, Empire Magazine
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