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Nuovo cinema Paradiso

Giuseppe Tornatore Italy, 1988

Duncan Gray's rating of the film 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.