Cinema Paradiso is the beautiful, enchanting story of a young boy’s lifelong love affair with the movies. Set in an Italian village, Salvatore finds himself enchanted by the flickering images at the Cinema Paradiso, yearning for the secret of the cinema’s magic. When the projectionist, Alfredo, agrees to reveal the mysteries of movie making, a deep friendship is born. The day comes for Salvatore to leave the village and pursue his dream of making movies of his own. Thirty years later he receives a message that beckons him back home to a secret and beautiful discovery that awaits him.
The movie won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1989. The movie is very leisurely paced and some of the scenes felt a bit repetitive but its a excellent movie on a young boy’s lifelong love affair with the movies. Its very beautifully made and seeped in nostalgia. Not sure how autobiographical it is but one can feel the love of the director for movies and for that era.
Watched the Theatrical cut but found out there is a Director’s Cut which is 50 minutes longer. Read about the differences and want to watch the Director’s cut now. In the Theatrical cut the love story doesn’t get resolved but it felt real the way it ended abruptly. The Director’s cut supposedly has more of the love story and provides reason for the way the love story ended.
The scene where the priest censors the kissing scenes is funny. The scenes between the kid and Alfredo are excellent. The climax scene where Salvatore watches all the kissing scenes is excellent and one of the best scenes ever. The scene where the little kid rescues Alfredo did not make sense.
The kid Salvatore Cascio looked very cute and was excellent. Marco Leonardi was good as the younger Salvatore. Philippe Noiret was excellent as Alfredo. Agnese Nano looked pretty as Elena. Antonella Attili was good as the mother. Jacques Perrin was good as the older Salvatore.
The Bridge on the River Kwai opens in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in Burma in 1943, where a battle of wills rages between camp commander Colonel Saito (Sessue Hayakawa) and newly arrived British colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness). Saito insists that Nicholson order his men to build a bridge over the river Kwai, which will be used to transport Japanese munitions. Nicholson refuses, despite all the various “persuasive” devices at Saito’s disposal. Finally, Nicholson agrees, not so much to cooperate with his captor as to provide a morale-boosting project for the military engineers under his command. The colonel will prove that, by building a better bridge than Saito’s men could build, the British soldier is a superior being even when under the thumb of the enemy. As the bridge goes up, Nicholson becomes obsessed with completing it to perfection, eventually losing sight of the fact that it will benefit the Japanese. Meanwhile, American POW Shears (William Holden), having escaped from the camp, agrees to save himself from a court martial by leading a group of British soldiers back to the camp to destroy Nicholson’s bridge. Upon his return, Shears realizes that Nicholson’s mania to complete his project has driven him mad. Filmed in Ceylon, Bridge on the River Kwai won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for the legendary British filmmaker David Lean, and Best Actor for Guinness. It also won Best Screenplay for Pierre Boulle, the author of the novel on which the film was based, even though the actual writers were blacklisted writers Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson, who were given their Oscars under the table. (From Allmovie)
The movie is excellent but did not like the ending. After reading up on the ending I can understand it better but I still think the execution was bad. I think many people have hated and will hate the ending. The movie is beautifully shot and the movie won an Oscar for Best Cinematography. The background score is excellent especially the famous whistling tune “Colonel Bogey March”. The movie won an Oscar for Best Music, Scoring.
Alec Guinness is excellent as the idealistic British colonel Nicholson and won an Oscar for Best Actor but there are a couple of scenes where his acting looked bad like the last scene. Sessue Hayakawa was excellent as the Japanese Colonel Saito and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
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