Saturday, April 25, 2020

Cinema Paradiso (1988)

Some movies just get better with each viewing, and this is definitely one of them. I've probably seen it seven or eight times and each time it gets better and better.

This is a film for people who love movies (like me). Toto grows up in a small town in Italy and pesters, and then helps the projectionist at the Cinema Paradiso, Alfredo.

One of their main chores is cutting out the scenes that the local priest censors by ringing a bell on his first viewing of the film before the people are allowed in. Alfredo ends up with piles of clipped film that he sometimes forgets (or can't find the place) to splice back in to the film again.

When a film catches on fire the Cinema burns down and Alfredo is blinded. Toto then takes over an Alfredo spends time in the booth with him.

Toto falls in love with a girl named Elena, but they are separated and Toto loses touch with her.

Alfredo encourages Toto to leave the town and go to Rome and make a life for himself, and toto does. He becomes successful and doesn't reurn to the village for thirty years, although he does support his mother. But when Alfredo dies, his mother tells him and he comes home for the funeral.

 In the longer version of the movie Elena and Toto meet again at the the funeral but in the shorter version they don't. Which version is better? I'm not sure. I have to see the longer version again.

But in either case, it is a great movie.