Cinema Paradiso Review

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Nolan Rhey B. Saraña
BMC/4th
Cinema Paradiso
Although the film was very old, the quality of the story is equivalent to fine wine, its aged but it’s also very delicious and flavorful. Cinema Paradiso showed me how it was back then, at first glance I thought that the movie was an early Italian version of the movie “Dennis the Menace” with old Mr. Wilson as Alfredo but then again it was a two hour movie so when I continued watching it. It turned out to be a love story but not your typical love story; it was a love story on how one boy named Toto fell in love with films.

The movie also showed the different categories of film, I could remember seeing romance, comedy, horror, and action adventure. What caught my attention were the kissing scenes of the romantic movies because back then a passionate kiss was already considered pornography and to me that is funny. There was a part of the movie were they showed these different film categories and with the different crowd reactions like a simple role of the eyes was already really funny to them or a killing scene that didn’t even show the victim getting stabbed was already very scary for them. There was also a scene that I could relate to when the old Cinema Paradiso got burned down and a new management was managing the new Paradiso and this new management didn’t cut the kissing scenes or other erotic scenes of some movies, I could remember laughing after seeing that row of really young boys “spanking there monkeys” in public.

Well, comedy aside this movie also had some nostalgic and sad aura to it. I knew that Alfredo was just a hard ass in the outside but a softy in the inside and I knew that Toto and Alfredo would eventually be the closes of friends since Toto always bothers Alfredo in the cinema and Alfredo is usually alone in the cinema and who wouldn’t want company? Plus, there relationship was like of the movie “UP” by Walt Disney where one cranky old man that plays a mentor role is paired up with a curious,...
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