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'''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.

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!!''Cinema Paradiso'' contains examples of the following tropes:
* 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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