2019 Blind Spot Series: Cinema Paradiso


What I knew going in: Honestly, nothing.

Toto (Salvatore Cascio as a child, Marco Leonardi as a teen, and Jacques Perrin as an adult) reflects on his time growing up in Sicily and falling in love with the world of film. Now, he's a famous director, but back then we follow his friendship with local projectionist Alfredo (Philippe Noiret) and how he shaped his life forever.

This was another title that I dropped on my Blind Spot list after a lot of recommendations. This is the film for people who love film, and I'm so glad I went for it even without knowing a lot about it because it made me so teary eyed with its beauty. 

Of the Toto's we follow, the child version is my favorite. I thought his relationship with Alfredo was so pure and director Giuseppe Tornatore really brought the love for the cinema home. I loved all the scenes of everyone just enjoying a film, or getting mad when they have to cut out the steamier moments because the priests request it. They made going to the theater look like going to Disney World.

This film is from 1988 but it feels much older, and it did drag a bit towards the middle when Toto was a teenager but I enjoyed it so much. You can tell they dubbed over some of the actors (Noiret in particular was speaking his native French, and was dubbed in Italian) The ending is honestly perfect. One of the best I've ever seen from any film.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: A

Memorable Quote: "Whatever you end up doing, love it." - Alfredo (Philippe Noiret)

18 comments:

  1. This movie has my heart. It's just beautiful, and such an incredible ode to the power of film and friendship. And Noiret is just incredible. Heartstrings galore. So glad you could scratch this off a blind spot list!

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  2. I love this film. It's truly one of the best films ever made and I was so fortunate to see it in the theater again a few years ago. It's a gem for the ages.

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    1. Oh that would've been lovely. I would jump at the chance to see this on the big screen.

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  3. It also took me a long time to catch up with this film but I found it a lovely, lyrical film. Suffused with a powerful sense of nostalgia it really is a perfect movie for a film lover.

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  4. I watched this as a Blind Spot a little while back and I agree, it's a really lovely film. Love what you said about Toto's relationship with Alfredo. That was wonderfully sweet, but never in a way that becomes unbearable. Very well done movie.

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  5. Ahh this movie sounds lovely! It's one I've always known by name but had no idea what it was actually about. I think you're just going to end up writing my 2020 list for me, haha.

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    1. lol I actually have already started saving titles for my 2020 list. Otherwise I'll forget.

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  6. Great review! I loved it, too, and I will always associate it with an ex boyfriend who was a movie fanatic and decided to show me this specific film first because he loved it that much! :) And yes, it was made 1988? I would have said 60s or 70s

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    1. It seems so much older, I was surprised by the date.

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  7. I'm glad you loved this as it is one of my favourite Italian movies. Child Toto was my favourite too.

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    1. I'm glad I did too! Though it's easy to love something from Italy, it looks so beautiful. lol

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