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"Cinema Paradiso" (1988), Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, Produced by Franco Cristaldi and Giovanna Romagnoli - Starring Phillipe Noiret, Salvatore Cascio, and Jacques Perrin


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Yeah, *you* try and watch the ending without tearing up.

A friend asked me what one word would I use to describe what this movie was about - I didn't have an answer. We watched it together, and she correctly replied, "friendship." Yes, perfect.

Friendship - beautiful, untainted, pure friendship.

I'm pretty sure that I've only seen two of Tornatore's films in my life: "Cinema Paradiso," (his second) and "Everybody's Fine,"  (his third) - both fantastic pictures (the latter starring the misty-eyed Marcello Mastroianni).

I'm not going to summarize the plot because I think the whole concept of that (in this day and age) is silly; suffice it to say, it's just a great movie that merits all accolades heaped onto it.

"Cinema Paradiso" is a movie I love, and a movie that will bring tears to your eyes unless you have no heart. It's beautifully realized, directed, filmed, and acted, and I recommend it highly to those of you who wish to watch an intelligent film that will have you choking up at the end.

How beautiful can a movie be? Well, it can be - if it's extremely well-done - *this* beautiful. Please do yourselves a favor and watch it. I believe you'll thank me, and I relish your upcoming comments about this film.

It's just ... beautiful. I recently saw it for the second time, and I would love to see it again for a third.

Beautiful.

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On 10/9/2014 at 11:31 PM, DonRocks said:

Yeah, *you* try and watch the ending without tearing up.

A friend asked me what one word would I use to describe what this movie was about - I didn't have an answer. We watched it together, and she correctly replied, "friendship." Yes, perfect.

Friendship - beautiful, untainted, pure friendship.

I'm pretty sure that I've only seen two of Tornatore's films in my life: "Cinema Paradiso," (his second) and "Everybody's Fine,"  (his third) - both fantastic pictures (the latter starring the misty-eyed Marcello Mastroianni).

I'm not going to summarize the plot because I think the whole concept of that (in this day and age) is silly; suffice it to say, it's just a great movie that merits all accolades heaped onto it.

"Cinema Paradiso" is a movie I love, and a movie that will bring tears to your eyes unless you have no heart. It's beautifully realized, directed, filmed, and acted, and I recommend it highly to those of you who wish to watch an intelligent film that will have you choking up at the end.

How beautiful can a movie be? Well, it can be - if it's extremely well-done - *this* beautiful. Please do yourselves a favor and watch it. I believe you'll thank me, and I relish your upcoming comments about this film.

It's just ... beautiful. I recently saw it for the second time, and I would love to see it again for a third.

Beautiful.

Totally agree with all this - I can't even watch the opening credits without tearing up (think it's that the scoring is the same as the end) after watching the movie several times.

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Do yourself a favor and never, ever watch the extended Director's Cut.  It will crush too many things that one holds dear about this film, or that were better left to the imagination - and indeed that the viewer was pushed to imagine by the awkward edits of the original US release.

Remember that sense of unforgivable betrayal when you first watched _Highlander II_?  Or the midichlorian scene in _The Phantom Menace_?  Same.

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