February 28, 2011

Cinema Paradiso

(update of a previous post - original is here)

Title: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso
Year: 1988 (Italy), 1990 (US)
Length: 124 minutes
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Writer: Giuseppe Tornatore, with Vanna Paoli
Starring: Marco Leonardi, Agnese Nano, Leopoldo Trieste, Salvatore Cascio, Jacques Perrin, Philippe Noiret
Music: Ennio Morricone
Oscars: won for Best Foreign Language Film (1990)
I saw it: on video (rented from Greencine), two days ago
Synopsis: a childhood spent in a small town's cinema

My reaction
Concept:3/4 (Good)
Story:1/4 (Bad)
Characters:3/4 (Good)
Dialog:3/4 (Good)
Pacing:2/4 (Indifferent)
Cinematography:3/4 (Good)
Special effects/design:3/4 (Good)
Acting:3/4 (Good)
Music:3/4 (Good)
Subjective Rating: 6/10 (Okay, 2/4 (Indifferent)). It's a lot better than the director's cut (that Netflix forced me to watch because they're horrible), but not as much better as I'd hoped it would be. In that version, it's wonderful for an hour then tedious for two hours. In this version, it's wonderful for an hour then tedious for an hour. A marked improvement, but hardly ideal.
Objective Rating (Average):

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