Saturday, April 24, 2010

cinema paradiso

My latest movie pick is Cinema Paradiso, a 1988 Italian film. It tells the story of a big film director as he remembers his childhood, and the deep friendship he developed many decades ago (post WWII) with his local cinema's projectionist, Alfredo. The movie follows the boy as he grows into a young man, and we see how much Alfredo inspires the boy's love of the film world, even if it meant sacrificing another love of his life.

I really enjoyed this movie, particularly the first parts when we see the boy's wide-eyed curiosity about the cinema. Like how censorship worked in those days (very funny!), how a movie can be projected onto a person's house, and seeing the way entertainment-hungry people react. Also, I'm a sucker for coming-of-age stories, especially if it has cute kids in it, so this was a delight to watch.

P.S. Don't forget it's Much Love Monday tomorrow, so get those heart photos ready :)