December 15, 2005

Cinema Paradiso

Nuovo Cinema Paradiso had a synopsis that suggested to me a very tight connection with movies and being a projectionist. But it is actually a love story about a lower-class boy who works as a projectionist and an upper-class girl, along with the old man who is like a father to that boy. The events that take place revolve around the boy's job as a projectionist, but that is merely the setting into which events unfold.

This is a great movie, with great characters and an enveloping story. The story turns out to be wonderful but sad. That bittersweet truth is something of the appeal to this movie, but if you are looking for a happy ending you won't find it here. The actors portraying three stages of Salvatore's life give excellent performances, as does Philippe Noriet as the old wise man Alfredo.

Posted by josuah at December 15, 2005 7:15 AM UTC+00:00

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