23 August 2010
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Whatever you end up doing, love it.
So basically: After the death of a childhood friend, famous director Salvatore Di Vita returns to his Sicilian home after over 30 years. There, he reminisces about his childhood, his love for the cinema, and his lost teenage love of Elena.
This is a movie that every cinema enthusiast is supposed to love. And I remember loving it - at least, what I remembered of the movie I loved. I only remembered the first hour, when Toto is a kid and in the projection room with Alfredo. But, unfortunately, the rest of the movie was just awful! I'm sorry, but it definitely was. It dragged on, it was annoying, and it wasn't at all interesting. The car scene, when Elena and Toto are adults, where they're talking about how much they "tried" to look for each other - obvi not very hard! - was the dullest scene I've ever watched. It was painful to watch. They kept repeating everything. And the score, while seemingly beautiful at the beginning, repeats and repeats to the point where you want to turn the sound off.
I'm committing blasphemy by saying this, but I don't think this movie deserves to be on the list.
Ziggi seal of disapproval!