Cinema Paradiso

February 23, 1990 0 By Fans
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Cinema ParadisoStill of Salvatore Cascio and Philippe Noiret in Cinema ParadisoStill of Philippe Noiret in Cinema ParadisoStill of Marco Leonardi in Cinema ParadisoStill of Marco Leonardi and Agnese Nano in Cinema ParadisoStill of Jacques Perrin in Cinema Paradiso


A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist.

Release Year: 1988

Rating: 8.5/10 (63,736 voted)

Critic's Score: 79/100

Giuseppe Tornatore

Stars: Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili

A famous film director remembers his childhood at the Cinema Paradiso where Alfredo, the projectionist, first brought about his love of films. He returns home to his Sicilian village for the first time after almost 30 years and is reminded of his first love, Elena, who disappeared from his life before he left for Rome.

Writers: Giuseppe Tornatore, Giuseppe Tornatore


Antonella Attili

Maria Di Vita – Younger

Enzo Cannavale


Isa Danieli


Leo Gullotta


Marco Leonardi

Salvatore 'Totò' Di Vita – Teenager

Pupella Maggio

Maria Di Vita – Older

Agnese Nano

Elena Mendola

Leopoldo Trieste

Father Adelfio

Salvatore Cascio

Salvatore 'Totò' Di Vita – Child

Tano Cimarosa


Nicola Di Pinto

Village Idiot

Roberta Lena


Nino Terzo

Peppino's Father

Jacques Perrin

Salvatore 'Totò' Di Vita – Adult

Philippe Noiret


A celebration of youth, friendship, and the everlasting magic of the movies.


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Release Date: 23 February 1990

Filming Locations: Bagheria, Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Opening Weekend: $25,899
(16 June 2002)
(3 Screens)

Gross: $11,990,401

Technical Specs


(extended version)

(International version)

Did You Know?


Irene Papas was considered for the role of the older Maria Di Vita. The role eventually went to Pupella Maggio.


When the (adolescent) Salvatore is leaving home on the train, we see Alfredo getting up out of the seat on the platform. The next time we see him, he's seated again, and getting up again.


[first lines]

Maria Di Vita – Older:
[in Italian]

[on the phone]

Maria Di Vita – Older:
Yes, Salvatore di Vita. You mean you don't know him, Miss? That's right, and I'm his mother. I've been calling from Sicily, all day long. I understand, he's not there.

User Review

As Good as Movies Get

Rating: 10/10

Movies can wield a strange power over those who sit in the darkened seats of
a theatre. The truly great ones manipulate your perception of reality,
suspend your disbelief, and ultimately either alter or affirm your view on
life. NUOVO CINEMA PARADISO is just such a movie. It is the near-perfect
melding of direction, acting, script, sound track, and cinematography.
Phillipe Noiret and Salvatore Cascio give the kind of performances usually
associated with much more recognizable actors. The supporting cast looks
like they could all be full-blooded Sicilians. The location shots add depth
and realism to the entire production. Ennio Morricone's music is simply the
most appropriate and emotive I have ever had the pleasure to hear in a
theatre. Tornatore's script and direction are a joy, a breath of fresh air.

I will not spoil this story by repeating it, nor will I give away the
ending, although it matters not a whit. I could disclose fully everything
in this movie, and in seeing it, all my words would evaporate. There is
nothing like the experience of sitting through it, becoming engulfed by it,
and in the end, being changed.