Festival de Cannes 70: Nuovo cinema Paradiso, 1989

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order.

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Who is Alfredo? Adult Toto has the poignant, nostalgic means to answer such a question, with a story about the wonders and woes of life and of cinema itself. Alfredo is a projectionist, a father figure, a mentor, a great man – and companion to Toto from when he was a small boy, discovering his love for the movies, and his journey to adulthood. Nuovo Cinema Paradiso encapsulates movies in all their emotional glory and despair – Roberto Benigni clearly loves this movie too, borrowing much of it’s sentiment for Life is Beautiful. The cutting room floor censored footage of nudity, embraces, kisses, becomes one of the greatest montages you could see on a big screen, as Toto soaks up later in his life, that even in his absence Alfredo can still show him the magic of cinema. Wonderful. The film tied the Grand Prize of the Jury with Trop belle pour toi.

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