Cinema Paradiso

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Screenwriters: Giuseppe Tornatore

Institute History

  • 1990 Sundance Film Festival


Filled with innocent nostalgia and insatiable curiosity, Cinema Paradiso enters into the childhood recollections of Salvatore (Jacques Perrin), a successful filmmaker. His memories of Giancaldo. his hometown, and the beloved Village theatre are triggered by the news of the death of Alfredo (Philippe Noiret), the gruff, but compassionate, projectionist at the Cinema Paradiso.

To the young Salvatore, Alfredo is a wonderful magician who conjures up dreams and images of faraway lands. He pesters the old man, sneaking into the booth whenever possible, only to be chased out by Alfredo, stealing the censored clips removed by the Padre, and hoping one day to be able to run the dream machine. When an accident injures Alfredo, Salvatore is given his cherished opportunity. The gentle guidance and encouragement of Alfredo offer the boy a world beyond the Cinema Paradiso and Giancaldo. Winner of the Special jury Prize at Cannes, Cinema Paradiso is Giuseppe Tornatore's tribute to cinema, spiced with infectious humor. It's a delightful experience for all of us in love with the moving image.

Thursday, January 25, 4:00 p.m.
Prospector Square Theatre

— Alberto Garcia

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