Cinema Paradiso

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Jorn Nash Professor Martin RTVF 305 1 November 2011 Cinema Paradiso (Extended edition) Cinema Paradiso reminds us of how important the people around us are as well as the sacrifices they make because they care about us. When we are young, we take our friends, family, and our community for granted. Giuseppe Tornatore demonstrated the true value of the father-son relationship in this movie. Although Toto’s father dies in the war, the real father-figure in his life ultimately ends up being Alfredo. He takes the mischievous, troublemaking Toto and raises him to become a successful man. Whenever Toto gets in trouble, Alfredo is there to support him. Through him, Toto learns that he has the potential to become something great. The…show more content…
Toto did leave his town behind but, in the end, truly did miss out on the many friendships that stemmed in his childhood. Life just isn’t the same without those special people in our lives. On a final note, Giuseppe Tornatore created this film to greatly influence the thought of community. Our perception of self-reliance greatly hinders our experience in life and opening the door to a friendship is the beginning of unlimited possibilities. Also, at the same time, we must treasure our family for they are the base of our accomplishments. With that we must also sacrifice for the ones we love as it becomes meaningless if we don’t. The centralized element that ties all these ideas together is the relationship between Alfredo and Toto. In meeting Alfredo, Toto finds himself and gathers the resources necessary to live his life to the fullest. Also, Alfredo has the chance to live the life he always wanted through Toto and as such was able to push him out the door, despite the sacrifices he had to make. He loved Toto enough to never see him again. That’s true companionship; to put the good of the other’s before falling back on selfish desires. With that said, the ultimate theme this movie produced can be summed up in one word:

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