It helps if you've spent time in Italy, even if only for a few days as a tourist. Better still if you've been able to walk through a small, quiet, town. This film is at least on a par with anything Spielberg has done to capture the wonder of childhood (and I know many reading this will wince that I even mentioned Spielberg in this context). The ending is very saccharine, but in tune with the idealism of the film.
Big-hearted ode to youth, passion, and the magic of film. Grandly romantic in a way that occasionally crosses over into corny sentimentality but more often feels like a movie made with pure love. It's a simple tale - a young boy mad about films befriends an old projector that guides him through life - but it's filled with heart and magic. It brought tears to my eyes - a difficult feat! It gets a B+.
it brings the nostalgic feels in you. the faces you recognize during your childhood and adolescence days, the memories and all, you can feel it in this movie. also, you can feel the love that flows at the end, not just the scenes, but also the love that the characters gave to us. a lovely italian movie, i'd say. one of the greatest.
watched a 35mm version of it. a copy was not perfect, but maybe exactly this, combined with the sound of the film reeling in a projector, made this experience not too sweet or too melodramatic, but perfectly suitable to understand the director's nostalgia for oh so many things
Wow, what an amazing film! I saw the original version which was 124 mins and from what I read I would stay way clear of the extended version which alters one's perceptions of the main characters in a negative way and slightly changes the plot. I see now why they butchered it from what the original was. Found the nostalgia scenes far more emotional than the romance scenes. Great acting and music. A definite classic!
The first act is marvelous, a beautiful portrait of a small Sicilian town and its precocious son. The rest of the movie leans a bit too sentimental for my tastes, but it is still a wonderful combination of comedy, romance, and nostalgia. The scenes and characters stick with you.