Video Picks Archive
Reviews by Matt Heffernan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This week my picks are Malèna (2000 - ) and Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988 - ).
The first pick this week is the latest film from Italy's
Guisseppe Tornatore. The title character in Malèna
is a strikingly beautiful woman (Monica Bellucci) who, because of the nasty
gossip in her small town, is subject to great hardship.
This story is told from the perspective of a young boy
(Giuseppe Sulfaro) who has his first crush on her. This
limits the scope of the story, of course, but Tornatore
prefers to see the world through a child's eye, where some
of the harsh realities of life are filtered out. It's a
nostalgic treat for anyone, even if you didn't grow up in
Sicily during World War II.
Tornatore's first film to garner international acclaim was the second pick, known in America (and most markets) as simply Cinema Paradiso. Again, a story of small-town Sicilian life is told through a young boy named Salvatore (Salvatore Cascio) who befriends the local projectionist, Alfredo (Philippe Noiret). When the old Cinema Paradiso is burned down, and Alfredo blinded in the process, Salvatore becomes the projectionist of the Nuovo Cinema Paradiso. However, he doesn't know how to edit the films as the local clergy wish, so the town finally gets to see all the sexy parts in modern cinema. It's an extraordinarily beautiful film and a lot of fun for film buffs. Among its many awards are the Grand Jury Prize from Cannes and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
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Nuovo cinema Paradiso (1988)
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