Do you remember the child from the film “Nuovo Cinema Paradiso”? This is how it has become today, a tragic confession arrives
“Nuovo Cinema Paradiso” is a 1988 film by Giuseppe Tornatore. The film was a resounding success, both in our country and abroad. Do you remember the child protagonist of the film? In this article we show you how he has become today and above all we report his tragic confession.
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How the child of “Nuovo Cinema Paradiso” has become today
“Nuovo Cinema Paradiso” is a 1988 film written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. The film is interpreted by Philippe Noiret, Salvatore Cascio, Marco Leonardi, Jacques Perrin, Antonella Attili, Pupella Maggio, Leopoldo Trieste, Enzo Cannavale, Leo Gullotta and Brigitte Fossey. The soundtrack was composed by Ennio Morricone.
The film recounts in flashbacks the childhood and adolescence of Salvatore Di Vita, an established but dissatisfied film director who, after leaving the Sicilian town where he grew up, never returned. The news of the death of Alfredo, his mentor, becomes an opportunity for Salvatore to retrace his training and his life itself, and find the courage to return to his country.
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The first version of the film premiered at the EuropaCinema festival in September 1988, garnering mixed reactions. The second version, reduced from the first, was released in theaters in November 1988, but had little success with the public.
The third and last version, smaller than the other two, achieved international success with audiences and critics, winning numerous awards including the Special Jury Grand Prix at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Globe for best foreign film in January 1990 and the Oscar for best foreign film in March 1990. “Nuovo Cinema Paradiso” is considered one of the most important films in the history of Italian cinema.
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The protagonist Salvatore Di Vita as a child was played by Salvatore Cascio. The little boy became a television personality by participating in the “Maurizio Costanzo Show”, before taking off thanks to the Oscar-winning film. After the success with “Nuovo Cinema Paradiso”, Salvatore was the protagonist in other films, but without obtaining the same success.
Today the actor is an adult, he is 42 years old and for the first time he talks about his own illness. Salvatore, in fact, has been suffering from retinitis pigmentosa since the age of 12. The actor, in the documentary “With open eyes” explains that he only sees beams of light and then adds: “It was a blow to me, my parents and my siblings, the eldest of whom is affected by retinitis pigmentosa like me. For years I didn’t talk about it, I hid, I never told the truth to anyone who asked me why I hadn’t been an actor anymore. You find the way out of that labyrinth when you are no longer ashamed, when you accept what I call “my condition”.