Music And Film

April 10, 2012

Cinema Paradiso; an inspiration


Italian movie Cinema Paradiso, whose original title is Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, was released in 1988 and has been one of my all time favorite movies. Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore who  also wrote the story and screenplay, staring Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale and Antonella Attili.

The movie is about a filmmaker who recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village’s theater, and formed a deep friendship with he theater projectionist.  The movie has one of the most spectacular endings I have ever seen, and the music composed by Ennio Morricone  is simply amazing.

The movie won an Academy Award for  Best Foreign Language Film in 1990 and many other film awards. One of the reasons it impacted me so much is because it deals with  the heartache  of seeing our children leave our homes,  looking for a better life and education, and how we, as parents, deal with detachment even though in today’s world it is not hard to stay connected. That was not the case years ago.

The movie inspired my desire to help with the restoration of EL Grande Theater of Harlingen, Texas, one of  very few theaters of the 1940′s era left in the Rio Grande Valley. The cultural history this structure holds, and its potential for becoming an asset for education, and  creative arts development center,  is worth  protecting , and restoring.

El Grande Theater is for sale, I have included a link to the feasibility study about El Grande Theater building created by architects Mata, Villarreal and Garcia of McAllen, Texas. As anybody can read, investing on this historic structure has tremendous potential. If you would like additional information please comment on this post.



The movie Cinema Paradiso is available through Netflix.

Facebook Comments


About the Author

Nydia O
A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.-Maya Angelou. La Vida Valle is where I write about "la vida" my life in the Rio Grande Valley. From this bi-cultural corner on the tip of Texas, I share my poems and my spiritual and travel experiences. I also blog about the arts, nature and my passion for historic preservation and architecture. But most importantly, let's talk about "la vida" - living our lives - in a vacation state of mind. Contributions and comments are always welcome .


La Marcha 1

Video of the 1966 Civil Rights “La Marcha” in Starr County, Texas

This story was also featured in Beyond Arts Magazine’s September issue. Timing could not have been better for the Texas Historical Commission to launch its newest Texas Time Travel mobile tour application. Hispanic Texas:...
by Nydia O


Alamar – To The Sea

One of the main reasons I like international film festivals is because of the thought provoking movies. Independent films tend to be  poetic and romantic, and sometimes crude and brutally honest. Alamar is the film/ documentar...
by Nydia O

Grande Theatre Interior- Movie

Positioning the Valley for Tremendous Change

Great news came from the new owners of the first grip truck to call the Valley home. Rodrigo Rodriguez and Chris Hardcastle started a new venture called Citrus Digital, and have made an investment that will open the door to inc...
by Nydia O


Wesmer Drive inn

Una Noche en el Autocinema

A menos que sea un ermitaño, nadie que este leyendo estas líneas ha faltado a la cita con la “pantalla de plata”, quizá en una ocasión o tal vez cada semana pero todos en algún momento de la vida hemos ido al cine. Hoy...
by Luis Suner


Mexican Actors and Film Makers Impacting Hollywood This Year

Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born in 1961 in Mexico City, Mexico. From the time he was a child, he knew he wanted to be a movie director or an astronaut. He became a successful movie director whose new movie Gravity is about a pr...
by Nydia O




Be the first to comment!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>