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Cinema Paradiso'scomplex, interwoven tales of wartime Italy, a boy's coming of age, and the history of cinema can be viewed in their entirety on the Director's Cut included in this Deluxe Edition. Director Giuseppe Tornatore's additional 50 minutes of footage provides closure for the saga's detailing Alfredo's death, and Salvatore Di Vita's lost relationship with his teenage love, Elena. Most of the 50 minutes serves as a continuation of the story, rather than as previously deleted scenes. The original, already celebratedCinema Paradisofollows Toto (Jacques Perrin), a Sicilian boy who persuades the town projectionist, Alfredo (Philippe Noiret), to teach him how to show films. Spanning nearly 50 years, the film craftily draws parallels between Toto's life and those lives he sees on screen. As Toto matures into Salvatore, a successful Italian filmmaker, theCinema Paradisoages as well. Salvatore's return home for Alfredo's funeral is also a goodbye to hisParadiso,demolished to become a parking lot. The film's heightened sense of nostalgia subtly mirrors our humanistic love of movies, making it a tribute to cinema as an artistic genre. The Director's Cut can be fulfilling if one felt unsatisfied by the more ambiguous ending of the theatrical release, but it also feels slightly overwrought. Two documentaries in this package feature fans and critics praisingCinema Paradiso,proving its endurance as a classic. However, as Salvatore discovers over the course of the film, there is no need to improve a masterpiece.--Trinie Dalton
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CastLeo Gullotta, Philippe Noiret, Antonella Attili, Enzo Cannavale, Isa Danieli
DirectorGiuseppe Tornatore
Genre:  Foreign
Release Date:  1988
MPAA Rating:  R
Screen WriterGiuseppe Tornatore, Vanna Paoli
DVD Release Date:  November 7, 2006
Runtime:  155 minutes
Studio:  Weinstein Company
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Never seen a film with subtitles before? Or: you've seen a few but they felt pretentious and boring and you couldn't understand what the fuss was all about?    Cinema Paradiso is the perfect film to teach you (or a friend or loved one) what the fuss is all about. An ode to the movies, this film captures what it was like to witness the golden age of cinema in a small Italian town where the communal experience of film and of religion were intertwined. It also captures precisely …
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