Cinema Paradiso

1576 Words Apr 19th, 2013 7 Pages
Film and Culture
27 September 2010
Cinema Paradiso: Feeling the Love Through Music and Sound Cinema Paradiso was made in 1988, and was written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. It won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1989. Cinema Paradiso follows the life of Salvatore Di Vita from the time he was a boy to his successful career as a film director. Love truly is what the movie is about. Whether it is to have a love of film, love of someone else, or having a love for what you do, it is the driving force in this movie that causes everything to happen. The music and sound effects in Cinema Paradiso enhance the emotions and plot of the movie. Two of the most important sound effects in the movie deal with the use of bells and
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In a way, I think it was a way to help Salvatore let go of the memories that that building held for him. The “Love Theme” of this movie is a turning point for many pivotal scenes. The first is when Alfredo shows the movie the crowd wants to see in the piazza right before the film catches fire. It was showing a time where everything was perfect in the movie before everything went wrong, at least for the first half of the movie. The “Love Theme” also plays on New Year’s Eve when Salvatore is first rejected, then kissed by Elena. This was the point in the second half of the movie where everything was right before life’s troubles kicked back in for Salvatore. In terms of moving the plot along, the last time the “Love Theme” is played to advance plot is when Salvatore is considering going back to Rome. The song “Childhood and Manhood” is played as the young Salvatore leaves Giancaldo, and as the adult Salvatore returns to Giancaldo at the end of the movie. Not only does the music advance the plot, but it the source of feeling throughout the movie. The music enhances the emotions felt by the characters and really allows the audience to feel the emotions too. There were two main songs that were played throughout the film. The theme music, called “Cinema Paradiso”, has a sense of journey to it. It is the music that is played the most in the film; it has a constant flow like a river.
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