Director: Giuseppe Tornatore (1988, Italian, 155 mins)
Reviews: RottenTomatoes (90%), IMDB (8.5), Amazon, Roger Ebert.
Watch online: NetFlix.
Similar movies: childhood.
Cinema Paradiso is a lovely movie showcasing the relationship between Salvatore and Alfredo over several decades. Salvatore is a fatherless, naughty, young boy who loves watching movies. Alfredo is a kind hearted man who operates movie equipment in a theater. Over time, they get deeply bonded with each other.
A significant part of the movie is Salvatore's first love: a gorgeous young girl named Elena. The girl quickly rejects him, so Salvatore starts standing outside her home every evening.. day after day, in sun or rain, on weekdays, holidays.. waiting.. week after week after week.. quietly.. patiently.. always hopeful.. :)
The last scene made me smile - it's pure joy :)
On the whole, the movie reminded me of a poem by Kahlil Gibran called On Children.