Cinema Paradiso for the first time

Here in Seaford, East Sussex our new library opened last week.  Because I work full time during the week I had to wait until Saturday to go and have a look.


There are two floor within the library where books, audio books and DVDs are featured.  I must admit that usually I gravitate mostly towards the books, barely registering what is on offer on the DVD shelf.

But I paused rather quickly as I rounded the corner on the ground floor, near the quick reads shelf and saw this film.

Cinema Paradiso

A celebration of youth, friendship, and the everlasting magic of the movies.

This film has won many awards across the world including an Oscar (best foreign language film) and 5 BAFTAs.

I will quickly admit that up until two days ago, I had never seen this film and I am deeply sorry that this is the case as I think it is a great film.

It is a beautiful story.  The film opens with an elderly lady phoning her son who lives in Rome, far away from his home town in Sicily to tell him that Alfredo has died.  We then are transported back in history as Salvatore or Toto recalls his fond memories of time spent in the local cinema with Alfredo.

There are highs and lows within his story as we see him interact with his family and also his first love affair with Elena.

There are many poignant moments in the film, particularly as you see the relationship between Alfredo and Salvatore blossom.

Then Salvatore does go home for the funeral and reconnects with the community he left 30 years ago.

If you haven’t seen the film, I highly recommend that you do.  If you have seen it I would love to know what you thought of it.