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