Cinema Paradiso (aka Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)

Date: 1988
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Production Company: Cristaldifilm

Stars: Antonella Attili, Enzo Cannavale, Isa Danieli, Leo Gullotta
Location(s): Bagheria, Castelbuono Lascari, Cefalu', Chiusa Sclafani, Palermo, San Nicola L'Avena, Santa Flavia, and Termini Imerese, all in Sicily, and Roma, Italy

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Storyline:

A filmmaker, upon hearing of his old friends death recalls his early life in a small Sicilian village and the projectionist he befriends.

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Roma. Monument to the fallen soldiers. Salvatore “Totò” Di Vita (Jacques Perrin) drives down Via del Corso towards Piazza del Popolo. advises Manuel Gurtner.

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I should be a little further back and indeed standing, not at noon into the sun, in the middle of the Via del Corso! SJ

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John Taylor advises that the town that stars in the film is Palazzo Adriano in the Province of Palermo, Sicily.

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Palazzo Adriano identified by John Taylor.

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John provides this traffic filled shot from ground level.

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Probably the same square as before.

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A clearer view of the council building by John Taylor.

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Manuel Gurtner enlightens us explaining that this is a view from the Piazza Castello to the splendid castle of Castelbuono. The construction began in 1317 and mixes Arab-Norman features with others typical of the castles built during the Hohenstaufen rule of southern Italy.

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With these steps leading up to it.

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The cinema is on the left.

Cinema and fountain. John Taylor reminds us that the Cinema building was a mock up and was removed when filming was completed.

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The cinema set would have stood to the right in this image from John Taylor.

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John tells us that Palazzo Adriano is a quiet town where little happens but old men sit smoking and the women gossip.

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Palazzo Adriano in located by John Taylor.

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John took this wider view of the street in Palazzo Adriano where the 'Cinema Paradiso' was constructed.

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An olive grove, I've got a small one for sale at 936 Palazetto, on the site www.propertiesumbria.com.

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One of those towns listed above.

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The fountain pops up again, unless it was a prop and they wheeled it around wherever they went!

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Solid church.

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Nice gateway.

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Projection onto a house wall, French windows and balcony.

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MMnnnnn???

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Don't know this one either.

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Mussolini tarted up lots of Italian stations, imposing marble clad structures, this one, probably named for the film is "Hot John". Do they mean me? Manuel Gurtner adds that "This is probably not the railway station of “Giancaldo”, even compared to capture 45 later. In my opinion, an administration building or something in Mussolini style, masked with a fake station sign."

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Church steps and panning.

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A street with an arch...but where?

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Could be any small Italian town.

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As could this.

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And this.

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But here, a dock, harbour or seaside. Cefalú Pa, Sicilia, suggests Iain McGregor.

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Same place suggests Ian. Cefalu' Pa, Sicilia.

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Same church, and steps as in 016?

John Taylor tells us that "The church is in use, being quite grand inside, and in the town hall a room has been set aside as a small museum dedicated to the film."

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Taken from the same spot by John Taylor.

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Another doorway.

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Back to the cinema again.

The Church of Maria Santissima Assunta in Palazzo Adriano identified by John Taylor.

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The Church of Maria Santissima Assunta captured by John Taylor.

Manuel identifies this as the railway station Lascari-Gratteri on the the single track main line between Messina and Palermo which serves as the fictional Stazione Giancaldo. The building from 1887 was demolished in the night of 22 February 22 2017.

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Manuel provides the proof.

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The train for Rome with teenage “Totò” (Marco Leonardi) on board leaves the small station of Giancaldo towards Messina.

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The masked station sign of the stazione ferroviaria Lascari-Gratteri spotted by Manuel Gurtner.

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A larger city, so probably Palermo.

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