This movie is mostly about the flashback of a well-renowned director of his childhood growing up as little boy and his love with the movies after hearing the news of the dead of Alfredo, a projectionist. The director whose name is Salvatore Di Vita or lovingly known by people who saw him grew up as Toto has his whole life evolved around the movie house which is the Cinema Paradiso. It also touches on the love and the community but it is the relationship between Toto and Alfredo that catches the heart of the audience about the movie. Toto as a son whom Alfredo never have and Alfredo as a father whom Toto never had.
I first watched this movie as part of a requirement for one of the film classes that I had taken. It was a good movie and little did I know that what I had watched in the class was the whole movie without the actual theatrical release version. This left me in surprise on the topic on the question to why the movie that was first released in 1988 would have been criticized so badly for being "too sentimental".
I once again watched this movie after purchasing this dvd supposedly as a gift. This movie is done in such detail and you could watch it over and over again just to catch the glimpse of the details of parts that i might have missed to make sense of the other pieces.
The interesting part of the movie would be the score. The music has blended well with the movie and noticeably repeated in great length that it has become part of the whole movie itself. If I were to listen to the music, it would bring me back to the movie itself. No other movie could use the score without abandoning the existence of Cinema Paradiso.
Overall, it is a movie to watch. This movie is all about different type and stages of love. However though, if you're not a fan of slow-pace movie then I would not recommend this movie to you. I liked it a lot too because I appreciate slow pace movie more than high impact action movie because not everything in life are action packed