'''Cinema Paradiso''', written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, is a 1988 romantic drama about a famous Italian film director Salvatore Di Vita, who recalls his childhood when he fell in love with the movies at his village's 'Cinema Paradiso' and formed a deep friendship with the theatre's projectionist, Alfredo.

It also tells the story of his return to his native village for his friend Alfredo's funeral. Ultimately, Alfredo serves as a wise father figure to his young friend who only wishes the best to see Salvatore succeed, even if it means breaking Sal's heart in the process.

!!This film provides examples of:
* ADateWithRosiePalms
* BittersweetEnding
* ChekhovsGun: Twice - once when Alfredo talks about the dangers of fire in the projector room and it happens, then [[spoiler:the censored bits of film make an appearance at the end, as Alfredo's last gift]].
* ComingOfAgeStory: A rather bitter example.
* {{Confessional}}: Salvatore, though not a priest, sneaks into the priest side, and the girl he likes comes in the other side to make confession.
* CrashIntoHello
* CreatorCameo: Tornatore appears as a film projectionist working for adult Salvatore near the end of the film.
* [[spoiler: DidNotGetTheGirl]]: Damn you, Alfredo!
* [[ReCut Director's Cut]]: The first version of the film was [[NeverAcceptedInHisHometown unpopular with Italian audiences]] and reduced to 2 hours for its international cinema release, which was highly successful. Later, around 50 minutes were re-added for the director's cut of the movie, available on DVD.
* HowWeGotHere: [[WholeEpisodeFlashback Most of the film]] is taken up by Salvatore remembering his childhood.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy
* IWillFindYou
* MoralGuardians: The village priest insists on previewing every film shown at the cinema and makes Alfredo censor all the "sexy" bits, including if the characters so much as kiss. [[spoiler:The cut bits will later turn out as a tearjerking ChekhovsGun in the end.]]
* OscarBait: ''Cinema Paradiso'' won most European film awards in 1989, and the Oscar for best non-English-language picture. It's a movie about the greatness of cinema, after all.
* ShowWithinAShow
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand
* TheMovieBuff: Alfredo loves the films he's projected, and can quote most of them extensively (in Italian, [[SubbingVersusDubbing as they're dubbed]]).
* RomanticRain: While at Cinema Paradiso, a sudden thunderstorm blows through as Salvatore is lying on the ground; suddenly, his loved one surprises him by lying on top of him for a kiss, much to his surprise. As people run for cover, and the movies still play, Salvatore and his girl enjoy a nice make-out session.
* TheReveal
* TimeshiftedActor: Salvatore is played by three different actors (child, teenager, adult).
* TrainStationGoodbye
* UnrequitedLove
* WholeEpisodeFlashback
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