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.