Watching this film is like taking a nice bath: once you feel that warmth embrace you, you just want to stay in there. It is loaded with beauty and charm, but it never becomes a mere fluff piece. As much as it embraces nostalgia, friendship, family and love, it does not shy away from the difficulties and complexities of these things. And all of it is tied together in a moving homage to the power of cinema.
CINEMA PARADISO is absolutely a love letter or a tribute to cinema. It's a moving story about cinema and people who had passion with it. Well, there are some parts that I felt overdramatic. Somehow, it still feels awesome. It has a long runtime, but director Giuseppe Tornatore never let you feel bored. He succeed to keep me intrigued from start to finish. I loved Ennio Morricone's score in this movie. It's elegant...
The end is very wonderful, It is so strongly touching! Besides, the film portraits very well real adulthood feelings, concernings and thoughts that obviously have to involve personal memories. I hope to watch once in my life a movie in a cinema theatre like Cinema Paradiso!
A tribute to nostalgia and sentiment, and don't think neither have wisdom or require skill. The core is lush, but the melancholic framing device elevates it: it partway knows that this version of youth/romance/cinephilia is myopic fantasy, but maintains that losing your ability to feel it is tragic. A more complex idea than this sensual film will explore—but only because it turns its limitations into a manifesto.
One of the very few films that would deserve even more than 5 stars...incredibly poetic and sad. It was the one that left me in tears pretty much all the way...so many memories, thoughts and feelings, parallels about love, about family, your own country... A landmark in cinema, just an overwhelming, wonderful tearjerker. Watching it, you are touched and amused at the same time by this melancholic, remarcable story.