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Giuseppe Tornatore's acclaimed 1988 love letter to cinema remains a beloved fan favorite, best enjoyed on the big screen. Successful Roman film director Salvatore Di Vita (Jacques Perrin) receives news from his mother in his Sicilian hometown that Alfredo (Philippe Noiret), the former local film projectionist, has died. This prompts a flood of memories and emotions for the man who, now seen in flashback, was a father figure and mentor to the young Salvatore, and who encouraged his love of movies and the pursuit of his dreams, wherever they might lead him. Tornatore winningly evokes the world of 1950s small-town Sicily, abetted by Ennio Morricone's masterful score, Blasco Giurato's rosy cinematography and Noiret's wonderful performance. Winner, Best Foreign Language Film, 1990 Academy Awards®; Grand Prix, 1989 Cannes Film Festival. DIR/SCR Giuseppe Tornatore; PROD Franco Cristaldi, Giovanna Romagnoli. Italy/France, 1988, color, 124 min. In Italian with English subtitles. RATED PG

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124 Minutes
Drama
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