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Ennio Morricone Celebration: Cinema Paradiso

"A famous filmmaker returns to the Sicilian village where he grew up. He reminisces about the projectionist at the local cinema, his best friend as a child, who taught him to love cinema.

"Giuseppe Tornatore hit upon something miraculous when he wrote this tale of romance, between a young man and the movies, and friendship, between a wise, wry projectionist Alfredo and the cheeky urchin Salvatore who wiles his way into the booth. Peppered with moments from film greats, the film grows up with Salvatore, slipping from moment to cherishable moment.

"Not a false note is struck among the sunkissed Sicilian locations, gentle, humorous performances, and Ennio Morricone's beautiful soundtrack. Assembled with a wide-eyed, childlike wonder, Tornatore taps themes of bonding, nostalgia, community, history and the power of film to transport one into a world of dreams.

"Transcending boundaries of arthouse and subtitle, Cinema Paradiso wraps you in a tender embrace and refuses to let go. And if you haven't blubbed by the time a fortysomething Salvatore plays Alfredo's long-hidden gift, then you're most likely dead. This is food for the weary soul." - Empire

"Morricone’s score is a significant character in the experience. Like the scent of honey, his music enchants at first taste and then envelopes you, and there’s a point in those first few minutes that you might feel as if you could drown in the sweetness. But he achieves a sort of golden equilibrium. While the score never retreats, it also never overwhelms. It becomes the oxygen for this world on screen." - Munro Reviews

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