Salvatore returns to his hometown to attend the funeral of Alfredo the town’s projectionist and surrogate father to Salvatore. A piece of cinematic escapism that explores the very reasons we escape to the cinema.
Sentimental is too often used pejoratively. Cinema Paradiso is sentimental in that it conjures feelings of tenderness, sadness and nostalgia. And in the hands of director Giuseppe Tornatore these emotions are front and centre as Salvatore recalls his childhood and adolescence. Of course it looks gorgeous and has a wistful soundtrack by Ennio Morricone. But it’s the wonderful chemistry between Alfredo (Philippe Noiret) and the young Salvatore that tends to leave such an impression on all who see it. Bring tissues.
Italy 1988 Giuseppe Tornatore 124m