This is a classic! It took me through a wide range of emotions and kept me glued to the screen until the end. So simple yet so intricate. It touched my heart in such a way that it is rather difficult to explain in writing. Italian language, Ennio Morricone's score and just pure passion also contributed to this five star rating.
Tornatore's 'Cinema Paradiso' exploits nostalgia and the audience’s love of cinema through cheap tricks and manipulations (which are just as heavy-handed as anything you’d see in Life is Beautiful or Umberto D) and the result is, ironically enough, a disgrace (as opposed to a tribute) to Italian cinema.
This movie was just brilliant! It's creative storytelling and stylistic characteristics are just amazing. This film is a foreign language film, but clearly made for many. Even though this film has a flashback structure, it remains primarily linear. This fact of the film's narrative greatly aid it in the comprehension and relationship with the audience. This work is straightforward and clear in its narration.
L'oeuvre est ainsi construite sur une longue et nostalgique évocation d'une époque révolue où le cinéma, avec ses films-flammes, son public goguenard, sa censure paroissiale et son artisanale technique, était encore un moment d'étonnante et de franche convivialité. Sympathiquement tous publics... www.cinefiches.com
The only criticism I can give this film is the second half is slightly weaker than the first, which only testifies how perfect the beginning is. This is a film for loving the very experience of cinema and the passion the actors feel towards it in this film and the people making it. A selection of memorable characters the film hits all the moments of comedy and tragedy in this heartwarming film on why we love film.
Why haven't I seen this earlier? On a second thought, I feel like I had seen it before I was born, through the eyes of my father, a little boy in a small cinema in an Eastern European city in the old days after the war, where the greatest joy in the world was seeing the same movie over and over again, until it was learned by heart. A superb journey through my father's childhood memories.
A beautiful, heartwarming classic. Thoroughly enjoyed the first 2/3, it just feels like a bit of a drag towards the end, it could have ended a bit cleaner. And the casts of adult Toto and Elena aren't great either. How Toto turned out to be a white caucasian man I'll never know..
I'm just not sure about this film. Some of the framing is beautiful, yes, and some of the the early parts of the film is a joy because of the little boy's natural performance but essentially I think it is a huge ego trip peppered with a lot of prop dust and silver ageing spray.
Starts as a quirky and light coming of age and ends as an epic retrospective of the characters life. It chronicles the desperate and lasting aspirations of young love and its effect if un lived. Takes you through many emotions with refined cinematic skill, one of those films you really should see.