MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2022 (#40 of 49) – Cinema Paradiso (1988) – Encore Review


January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 48, so I decided to watch 49 (48+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that are spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #40 of the 49.

Let’s continue with… 

“[after informed about the arrival of the new non-combustible film] Progress always comes late.” – Alfredo

Initial Viewing Memories – As a fan of movies, I finally saw this on cable 13 years ago and immediately fell in love with the story that is basically a love letter to theaters of old.

Number of Times Seen – 3 (25 May 2009, 24 Dec 2014 and 25 Jan 2022)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – On a trip back to his hometown for a funeral, a movie director reminisces about his childhood that was mostly spent in the projectionist booth at the local movie theater.

My Take on it – This is a movie that is a long love letter to the days of old time movie theaters.

They do a wonderful job getting the nostalgic feel for those times so right and the way that things play out helps make it so interesting to watch.

Although this film takes place in Italy, they still do a wonderful job making things feel nostalgic for any nationality because the memories of youth can be so powerful any way one looks at it.

The chemistry between the two main characters is amazing and is formed on the love of movies and works so well in making the viewer believe that a friendship like this with such a large age gap can actually be realistic.

This film is all about loving things in life and finsing a way to follwoing your dreams along the way.

Very deserving of the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Giuseppe Tornatore’s intention was that this movie should serve as an obituary for traditional movie theatres (like the one on the film) and the movie industry in general. After the movie’s success he never mentioned this again. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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