Essay “Cinema Paradiso”

2037 Words Mar 25th, 2012 9 Pages
“Cinema Paradiso”

The film starts by showing a middle-aged man, Salvatore, surrounded by society's symbols of success: bright city lights, a Mercedes Benz, a luxurious mansion, and a beautiful woman in the background. These symbols gave the impression that life was good.
“Cinema Paradiso” is a reminiscence film about a famous film director, Salvatore Di Vita (Marco Leonardi), who returns home to a Sicilian village for the first time after almost 30 years. He reminisces about his childhood at the Cinema Paradiso where Alfredo (Philippe Noiret), the projectionist, helped little Salvatore a.k.a Toto discover the entertaining world of films. He is also reminded of his lost teenage love, Elena (Agnese Nano).
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I saw it as, all the years that Salvatore was gone were accumulated, but the second he came back, it was like going back in time. It was if she forgot about everything, all the years of her son gone, but all of a sudden everything is back to normal, and life is good.
At the point of the films conclusion, one can really see how this one instrumental good can change the lives for Salvatore, Alfredo and for the entire community of Giancaldo. The fact that Salvatore had such respect for Alfredo really made it emotional at the end of the movie. Ever since Salvatore left his home to pursue his dream, it was clear that there was still something missing in his life. His attachment to Giancaldo never left his mind. One was able to see this by how he sent his family money every month since he was gone. Even though he didn't call, or visit, it was his only way to show that they were still in his mind. Being away from his home, and being as successful as he is now he forgot how it was to be in love. His detachment from his home was critical. I feel that being away from Giancaldo for so long, made him realize his love and passion towards his family and the sense of community. Alfredo had a big impact on Salvador's life. I felt that, throughout the years Alfredo had seen the passion that Salvatore had for film, and because of their close friendship, Alfredo wanted to see him succeed. Making Salvatore promise not to come back

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