On September 23rd, The Frida Cinema is joining independent cinemas around the world in celebration of this year’s Art House Day! To celebrate, we are presenting one of cinema’s greatest love letters to the movies: Giuseppe Tornatore’s beloved Cinema Paradiso, in honor of its 30th Anniversary.
When successful film director Salvatore Di Vitta (Jacques Perrin) learns of the death of his childhood friend Alfredo (Philippe Noiret), he flies home for the funeral, returning to his humble hometown after decades. While there, he reflects on his younger days spent following around Alfredo, the projectionist of the town’s movie theater, as well as his years as a hopeless-romantic teenager. A masterful testament to the role and value of a community’s art house cinema, Cinema Paradiso is truly one of the greatest films of all time, and was awarded over a dozen international film awards, including both the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Featuring a sweeping, romantic score by legendary composer Ennio Morricone (The Good The Bad and The Ugly, The Mission).
Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. 1988. 124 minutes. Rated PG.
“A funny, sentimental, deeply moving celebration of the experience of movies and movie-going.” — Philip French, The Observer
“Cinema Paradiso converts you to the credo that art can indeed be holy.” — Jay Scott, The Globe and Mail
“It’s one of those breathless, swept-away-by-a-movie experiences that you might have once a year, if you’re lucky.” — Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle