"Cinema Paradiso": The Movie Essay

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Passion.Something that is desired intensely. An ulterior goal by which one would do anything for. As I sat down in that room in CTC watching the final credits flash out names of unfamiliar actors one after another I could not help but think about this word. Cinema Paradiso is definitely a passionate film and I mean that in more ways than one. Passionate, in terms of characters, where every character is filled with his or her own longings, struggles and hopes. Passionate, in terms of plot, where every detail is rich in symbolism. Passionate, in terms of audience relativity, where it seeks to reach out and go beyond subtitles to delve into the emotions of the viewers. A superb movie that dwells in the simplicity and honesty of situations to further highlight a heartwarming reminder of hope and love.The film starts with a mother devotedly calling her son Salvatore to tell him something-a news she was sure "would bring him back home" after almost 30 years of desolation. Salvatore, who happens to be an acclaimed director flanked by many a lovers, learns this and journeys back through his memories to the days where he met and grew up with Alfredo.Through a series of flashbacks, every character involved with the growth of Little Toto to the director Salvatore was portrayed. Each was, I repeat, passionate.Passionate for the movies.Little Toto was the epitome of passion. In his own little ways, he was portrayed as someone who would do anything for what he loves-that is from sneaking out of an errand to watch a film, acting injured in a chore with the parish priest to ride along with Alfredo, the man in charge with projecting the films to, slinking up the projection room to obtain cut clips from the doing everything to come up and be near to the said man, even if it means braving a fire, which eventually led to Alfredo's blindness, to save this man's life. In Toto's every pursuit, I was easily able to laugh along with him, sympathize with him and even adore him.Passionate for the one he truly loves.Salvatore's dedication to Elena was never questioned. It was love at first sight and a love he was willing to dedicate anything for. An every night pilgrimage to the girl's window, despite the falling rain or plates, was enough proof for the determination of the young lad to prove his love for his object of affection. Though some scenes with the teen Salvatore seem too cheesy, for me it only emphasized or built up the ardor he had and will eventually lose to Elena.Passionate for the one he cares for.It was Alfredo's willingness to let Salvatore go-to veer the boy's dreams from the dead-end that was looming in their own little village-despite the love and attachment he has grown to develop with him, that let Toto become the Salvatore he has become. In one of the last scenes of the film where everybody comes to send off Salvatore in the train station, Alfredo takes Salvatore aside and orders him to never come back, never think of the town, forget the people,...

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