The film embodies the story of the famous Italian director who always remembers his first love during his childhood. One day, this director faces his childhood when he falls in love with films at his village theater and forges a deep friendship with one of the people on the stage.
Still rapturous after all these years, Cinema Paradiso stands as one of the great films about movie love.
Daily Telegraph (UK)
December 12, 2013
Tornatore may have hit a sticky wicket with his subsequent work, but he knew what he was doing here: warning us about the irrational lure of the filmed past, which is to say cinema itself, then ushering us grandly to our seats.