Amarcord's resident tobacconist about to give an
awkward lesson in love
Lovesick Uncle Teo goes up a tree
to declare his needs (Voglio una donna!) to anyone who will listen
The comical likeness of Mussolini in Amarcord
Young Alfredo and Olmo tempt
fate in 1900
The adult Olmo and Alfredo in 1900
Olmo and Alfredo as grumpy old men
Bernardo Bertolucci's 1900 is an epic story of growing up in twentieth century Italy seen through the eyes of two friends named Alfredo and Olmo, played by Robert De Niro and Gerard Depardieu. De Niro comes from the rich and influential family and Depardieu comes from the poor one. This multi-generational epic is a tale well told that has a lot to say about politics, changing of fortunes and loyalty. The version I watched was about four hours long, but the story was more than big enough to warrant the running time.
Young Toto with his projectionist mentor Alfredo
Teenage Toto falls in love with Elena
Older Toto reunited with Elena thirty years later
Cinema Paradiso is simply one of the most charming films ever made. A small boy named Toto in a small Sicilian town spends a lot of his free time with Alfredo, the projectionist at the local movie theater. We also see Toto during his teen years when he is the Cinema projectionist and falls in love with a local girl named Elena. The final part has the grown up successful filmmaker Toto returning to his village thirty years later for Alfredo's funeral and concludes with his reuniting with Elena all those years later. The film works as nostalgia, a romance and as a film for anyone who has a love of cinema.