Cinema Paradiso. 1988. Italy/France. Written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. With Philippe Noiret, Jacques Perrin, Antonella Attili, Pupella Maggio, Salvatore Cascio. In Italian; English subtitles. 4K digital restoration by Cinecittà with the support of Dolce & Gabbana; courtesy Cinecittà. 123 min.
Guiseppe Tornatore’s love letter to a Sicilian childhood spent at the movies, depicted through the father-son relationship between a local cinema projectionist and the village scamp who takes refuge in his booth, won the hearts of audiences worldwide—and became instantly recognizable for Ennio Morricone’s touchingly sentimental score. Today, as we settle for streaming “content” at home, it doesn’t hurt to be reminded of the magic of Dream Palaces and watching Charlie Chaplin together under the stars.