Cinema Paradiso DVD - 1989 film directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist. One of the selected titles in 'Cinema for Italian Conversation'. A man receives news from his aging mother in a little town that someone he once knew has passed away. A beautiful story unfolds about the man's childhood friendship with an old man who was the projectionist at the local theater. Their bond was one that contained many highlights and tragedies, and shaped the way for a young boy to grow and move out of his rundown village to pursue a dream. Stars Antonella Attili, Enzo Cannavale, Isa Danieli and Leo Gullotta. Rated R for some sexuality, 155 minutes.