Rome, 1980s. Veteran film director Salvatore Di Vita (Perrin) learns from his quizzical girlfriend that old friend Alfredo has died. To explain who he is, Salvatore flashes back to his childhood in Sicily and one Cinema Paradiso...
Utterly irresistible, this may be a cornball celebration of the art and social history of cinema, but it’s also a thoughtful memoir of more innocent days, when pleasures rarely came cheaply or instantly. A timeless gem, now in a brand-new restoration.
Every bit as enchanting as you remember. Molto, molto bene.
Reviewed by Patrick Peters