Monday, August 22, 2011
In Cinema Paradiso, the residents of a small Sicilian town gather at the local movie theater to forget their problems. They laugh, cry and cheer from watching movies, completely forgetting their problems outside of the theater.And it's there where they connect.
The center of Cinema Paradiso is Salvatore, or Toto as he's called by those at the theater. Like many of the town's residents, he goes to the movies to escape the abuse he faces at home. It would become an everlasting love with all things film. After all, a love has to start somewhere.
Cinema Paradiso is one of the more entertaining foreign movies I've seen in recent memory. It captures memories of one's childhood perfectly. And if you didn't feel the slightest pang of emotion from the ending, there's something wrong with you.
My Rating: *****