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CINEMA PARADISO
November 10, 2017  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

“Anyone who loves movies,” Roger Ebert wrote in 1990, two years after this movie was released, “is likely to love Cinema Paradiso.”  Written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, this Italian film is about a movie projectionist in Sicily just after WWII – and just before the advent of television. We see regular movie patrons watch movie after movie, most of them imports from Hollywood, and we also pay attention to aging projectionist Alfredo (Philippe Noiret) as he screens his inventory for two people in particular: his young projection-booth assistant and companion, played by Salvatore Cascio, and a local priest, who is censoring the movies before they are shown to the townspeople. Much of Cinema Paradiso is in flashback, to Alfredo’s youth, but all of it is a love letter to the giant screen, its contents, and its emotional impact.

 
 
 
 
 
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