An Italian-French coproduction about an aging movie director who comes back to his childhood Sicilian home for the funeral of the local film projectionist. Memories of his childhood are shown in flashback as he frequents the Cinema Paradiso, sometimes watching the priest edit out steamy film segments. The boy saves the projectionist's life during a theatre fire, experiences his first romance, and moves away into the broader outside world. The film is a celebration of the marvellous world of the cinema. DVD.