Cinema Paradiso: The Original Version

Release Date: June 14, 2002
Limited release

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In 1988, director Giuseppe Tornatore brought us a wonderful film about how a love of movies and movie-making can affect someone's life.

Here's a synopsis, in case you haven't seen the film. The story revolves around a famous film director, Salvatore, who returns home to the Sicilian village where he grew up for the first time in 30 years. He reminisces about how his love of movies started. He remembers the Cinema Paradiso, where he would sit endlessly and watch movies. He befriends the projectionist, who teaches him about movie-making. He also remembers his long-lost teenage love, Elena, whom he had to leave behind.

This director's cut includes 48 minutes of film that were edited from the original theatrical release. Most of the restored footage centers around Salvatore and Elena meeting in a store as adults.

This film has won numerous awards, including the Academy Award, BAFTA, and Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film, and the Grand Prize of the Jury at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival. At 170 minutes, the film still isn't that long to watch. Do yourself a favor and check out this marvelous movie. (Marty Doskins/BOP)

Vital statistics for Cinema Paradiso: The Original Version
Main Cast Phillipe Noiret, Jacques Perrin, Marco Leonardi, Antonella Attili
Supporting Cast Enzo Cannavale, Isa Danieli, Leo Gullotta, Pupella Maggio, Agnese Nano, Leopoldo Trieste, Salvatore Cascio
Director Giuseppe Tornatore
Screenwriter Giuseppe Tornatore
Distributor Miramax
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Rating R
Running Time 155 minutes
Screen Count 15
    Best Foreign Language Film, 1990 Academy Awards® Best Foreign Language Film, 1990 Golden Globes Best film not in the English Language, 1991 BAFTA Awards Grand Prize of the Jury, 1989 Cannes Films Festival Nominee, Best Foreign Film, 1990 César awards Special Prize of the Jury, 1989 Eu

Awards page for Cinema Paradiso: The Original Version
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture



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