Cinema Paradiso

1988 PG 2h 54m Blu-ray / DVD

Cinema Paradiso

1988 PG 2h 54m Blu-ray / DVD
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Giuseppe Tornatore's Oscar-winning film follows Salvatore, a Sicilian boy who is mesmerized by the movies shown at the local theater. He befriends projectionist Alfredo, who mentors him and ultimately tells him to leave home to pursue his dreams. Now a famous film director, Salvatore returns home for the first time 30 years later for Alfredo's funeral and is overcome with warm memories of his childhood even as the town has changed.
Philippe Noiret, Salvatore Cascio, Marco Leonardi, Jacques Perrin, Antonella Attili, Enzo Cannavale, Isa Danieli, Pupella Maggio, Agnese Nano, Leopoldo Trieste
Giuseppe Tornatore
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.66:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French, Italian
Italian: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Italian: Dolby Digital Mono
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), Italian, English SDH
Italian: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children. PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Cinema Paradiso is a 1988 Italian coming-of-age movie in which a young Sicilian boy is taken under the wing of an odler man who teaches him about the love of movies and helps him find his purpose in life. It is a charming tale of friendship and the love of movies that's the perfect introduction to foreign films for teens, despite some iffy scenes--including a scene where young teens are obviously (if not explicitly shown) masturbating in a theater to a Brigid Bardot movie, and a man who spits on those below him while in the balcony of the theater eventually gets pelted in the face with feces. There is some mild profanity throughout, and two kids are shown smoking a cigarette. A man is shown catching on fire in a projection booth and is rescued by a young boy who drags him down the stairs of the burning building. There is also some bullying--early in the movie, a young boy is slapped in the head and hit with a ruler by a teacher when he doesn't know the answer to a multiplication problem, and later in the movie, a young man is punched in the face by a bully while trying to woo a beautiful woman.

Sexual Content

Brief shots of exposed breasts in black and white movies. While nothing is explicitly shown, a group of young teens are obviously in the act of masturbation while in a theater watching a Brigid Bardot movie. A man grabs a woman's breasts and starts to moan and grind his body into hers.


Alfredo is severely burned in a fire. Fighting, hitting, violent scenes from movies. A boy in his late teens is punched in the face by a bully and is later revealed to have a black eye. A man who has routinely spat from his seat in the balcony in a theater is hit in the face with feces. An abusive teacher slaps a boy in the head and hits him with a ruler in front of a classroom of children who laugh at him because he doesn't know his multiplcation tables.


Occasional profanity. "S--t." "A--hole." "Son of a b--ch." "Damn." "Ass." A young boy exclaims, "Up yours!"

Social Behavior

This movie shows how the movies transcend cultures, unify a community, and bridge the gap between generations. The importance and benefits of a fatherless child being mentored into a job by someone older is also shown in this movie.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Cigarette smoking, including a scene in which two young children smoke. Wine drinking, some characters appear intoxicated.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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