But then we turned on our television late last night and one of my favorite films of all time was on - Cinema Paradiso, the story of a famous film director, Toto, remembering his childhood in Sicily where Alfredo, the Cinema's projectionist, first encouraged his love of films. He returns home to his Sicilian village for the first time after almost 30 years for Alfredo's funeral and the stories of important people in his life unfold - but it's mostly the tender love story between Alfredo and Toto.
The town priest ordered Alfredo to remove all the kisses from the films, judging they were too provocative and stirring for the small town's film going audience - pretty well everyone in town. Great scenes in the movie include shots of that audience, including Toto, mouths agape, watching as the hero and heroine close in for a passionate smacker and just at the penultimate moment, there's a hiccup and the movie goes forward, kiss eliminated; the audience boos, eyes roll, feet stomp.
|Toto watching the kisses|
The film has a wonderful ending - all those censored out kisses spliced together on a reel and left as a last, loving gift from Alfredo to Toto.
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