Owen Gleiberman
June 28, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Cinema Paradiso

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
174 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/31/90
performer
Salvatore Cascio, Marco Leonardi, Philippe Noiret, Jacques Perrin
director
Giuseppe Tornatore
author
Giuseppe Tornatore
genre
Foreign Language, Romance, Drama

We gave it a B

Giuseppe Tornatore’s bittersweet nostalgic weeper of love and loss and cinema in small-town Sicily is being shown in a restored version that adds back 51 minutes of footage. The new Cinema Paradiso clocks in at three hours, and that’s altogether too long for a movie that was never much more than a thin, if irresistible, sugar-wafer knockoff of Fellini’s Amarcord. Once again, Salvatore (Jacques Perrin), a successful film director, returns to the village of his boyhood and dreams back over his life. As the lonely projectionist who befriends ”Toto” as a wee pup, Philippe Noiret, with his sad-walrus mug, remains a touching vision of broken-down paternal grace.

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