The film starts by showing a middle-aged man, Salvatore, surrounded by society's symbols of success: bright city lights, a Mercedes Benz, a luxurious mansion, and a beautiful woman in the background. These symbols gave the impression that life was good. “Cinema Paradiso” is a reminiscence film about a famous film director, Salvatore Di Vita (Marco Leonardi), who returns home to a Sicilian village for the first time after almost 30 years. He reminisces about his childhood at the Cinema Paradiso where Alfredo (Philippe Noiret), the projectionist, helped little Salvatore a.k.a Toto discover the entertaining world of films. He is also reminded of his lost teenage love, Elena (Agnese Nano). Their love story became the greatest movie story within the movie itself, directed by Giusepe Tornatore and won the 1988 Best Foreign film and shared other 18 awards and 12 nominations. The Cinema Paradiso is the center of the town when Salvatore is a child. Nothing in town is more important than the theater. People go there to visit and enjoy each other's company. In some cases one would look at the theater as a symbol of togetherness. At the end of the film it is clear because the theater is no longer in use, the community has somewhat disconnected from each other. The theater represents the heart of the town and the old way of life. As a child, Toto loved both the movies and the people that he could see at the theater. In the evenings, the entire town would gather to watch films. The heart and soul of the town was in that theater. However, when Salvatore returns, he finds that the theater is now in the middle of a busy, crowded square. No longer the center and important part of the town, the theater has lost all its beauty. The VCR has put the theater out of service, and the building is finally to be torn down. The movie’s greatest strength lies on its sound and shot quality making it a great movie to watch. The background music delivers you exactly to the emotion each scene presents. With its shot quality, every scene is in bright, full color giving everything in fine details. It also adds up to the emotion-building all throughout the show, if at some times you feel tired of watching, the backgrounds like the horizon or the sea gives your eyes relaxation, resting your eyes with clear and hi resolution images. The production design is also superb the concept of making the theater as the main element in the story was executed perfectly. The sets and the locations where all fit to the storyline. For the script, viewers will find half of the movie as a silent movie, showing only the emotions but when the characters speak, the lines are always with substance full of lessons, coupled with comical, romantic and emotional lines that best suite the characters themselves. For the characters, the cast gave a great deal of personification to their roles. For instance, the Salvatore kid and the Salvatore teen were consistent as far the personality of the role is concerned sure there are changes but these changes are actually a solidification of the fact that the character is growing in the story. Other characters like Alfredo and Elena where also sensational especially the old Elena wherein the change of personality also happened. For the post production, the editing was quite good. Viewers will be surprised to learn that it was produced in 1988 because both the editing and the cinematography are superb. The shots as mentioned earlier were of good quality and the transitions were not exaggerated or even poorly done; simple cuts and fades where all that was needed to produce a good transition scene per scene. It doesn’t make one dizzy unlike most movies which capitalizes on over transitions, it’s just enough to make you realize that a major event has ended. This movie also made use of natural transitions where ordinary objects where used as a point for scene changes. I found a very strong image...
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