Captures that fleeting moment in which the cinema replaced the church as the heart of a community, creating a platform for discussion, expression & self-discovery. Tornatore's film shows us how far movies have progressed, but also how far we've drifted from the idea of the cinema as a place for social interaction; somewhere that not only brought people together, but allowed us to experience the world beyond our own.
This is a classic! It took me through a wide range of emotions and kept me glued to the screen until the end. So simple yet so intricate. It touched my heart in such a way that it is rather difficult to explain in writing. Italian language, Ennio Morricone's score and just pure passion also contributed to this five star rating.
This movie was just brilliant! It's creative storytelling and stylistic characteristics are just amazing. This film is a foreign language film, but clearly made for many. Even though this film has a flashback structure, it remains primarily linear. This fact of the film's narrative greatly aid it in the comprehension and relationship with the audience. This work is straightforward and clear in its narration.
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.