L'oeuvre est ainsi construite sur une longue et nostalgique évocation d'une époque révolue où le cinéma, avec ses films-flammes, son public goguenard, sa censure paroissiale et son artisanale technique, était encore un moment d'étonnante et de franche convivialité. Sympathiquement tous publics... www.cinefiches.com
The only criticism I can give this film is the second half is slightly weaker than the first, which only testifies how perfect the beginning is. This is a film for loving the very experience of cinema and the passion the actors feel towards it in this film and the people making it. A selection of memorable characters the film hits all the moments of comedy and tragedy in this heartwarming film on why we love film.
Why haven't I seen this earlier? On a second thought, I feel like I had seen it before I was born, through the eyes of my father, a little boy in a small cinema in an Eastern European city in the old days after the war, where the greatest joy in the world was seeing the same movie over and over again, until it was learned by heart. A superb journey through my father's childhood memories.
A beautiful, heartwarming classic. Thoroughly enjoyed the first 2/3, it just feels like a bit of a drag towards the end, it could have ended a bit cleaner. And the casts of adult Toto and Elena aren't great either. How Toto turned out to be a white caucasian man I'll never know..
I'm just not sure about this film. Some of the framing is beautiful, yes, and some of the the early parts of the film is a joy because of the little boy's natural performance but essentially I think it is a huge ego trip peppered with a lot of prop dust and silver ageing spray.
Starts as a quirky and light coming of age and ends as an epic retrospective of the characters life. It chronicles the desperate and lasting aspirations of young love and its effect if un lived. Takes you through many emotions with refined cinematic skill, one of those films you really should see.
It helps if you've spent time in Italy, even if only for a few days as a tourist. Better still if you've been able to walk through a small, quiet, town. This film is at least on a par with anything Spielberg has done to capture the wonder of childhood (and I know many reading this will wince that I even mentioned Spielberg in this context). The ending is very saccharine, but in tune with the idealism of the film.
Big-hearted ode to youth, passion, and the magic of film. Grandly romantic in a way that occasionally crosses over into corny sentimentality but more often feels like a movie made with pure love. It's a simple tale - a young boy mad about films befriends an old projector that guides him through life - but it's filled with heart and magic. It brought tears to my eyes - a difficult feat! It gets a B+.