Toto, a young boy, is fascinated by the cinema and even more so by the projection room and the man who rules over it, Alfredo. Toto soon knows every hand movement and every trick in the book, as well as the strict censorship code — no kissing scenes in the movies in their Sicilian village.
Alfredo loses his sight in a fire and Toto takes over his job. But years later, as a grown man, he leaves his village. Time passes and the past catches up with the present: Alfredo has died and Toto's tender love for the long-gone »Cinema Paradiso« and for his lost friend, compel him, now a successful director, to return to Sicily.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Giuseppe Tornatore

Written by: Giuseppe Tornatore

Produced by: Franco Cristaldi

Cinematography: Blasco Giurato

Original Score: Ennio Morricone

Cast: Enzo Cannavale (Spaccafico), Antonella Attili (Maria Di Vita - younger), Marco Leonardi (Salvatore 'Totò' Di Vita - teenager), Jacques Perrin, Salvatore Cascio, Leopoldo Trieste, Pupella Maggio, Philippe Noiret (Alfredo), Leo Gullotta

Nominations and Awards

  • Special Jury Awards 1989
  • European Actor 1989
  • Young European Film 1989