7/5/07

Cinema Paradiso

"Living here day by day, you think it's the center of the world. You believe nothing will ever change. Then you leave: a year, two years. When you come back, everything's changed. The thread's broken. What you came to find isn't there. What was yours is gone. You have to go away for a long time... many years... before you can come back and find your people. The land where you were born (from the movie Cinema Paradiso, 1988)." You have to succeed overseas before Singapore will recognize that you have succeeded... We have heard this phrase so many times that it's almost a cliché. Unfortunately, this is still true...

"The Screen Kiss is important to Cinema Paradiso. Early in the film, the local priest previews each movie before it is available for public consumption, using the power of his office to demand that all scenes of kissing be edited out. By the time the new Paradiso opens, however, things have changed. The priest no longer goes to the movies and kisses aren't censored. Much later, following the funeral near the end of Cinema Paradiso, Salvatore receives his bequest from Alfredo: a film reel containing all of the kisses removed from the movies shown at the Paradiso over the years (Reelviews)."Haha - Remember the time when old men queued up in long lines just to watch some uncensored scenes? Even today, art with nudity is deemed as too sensitive in public places... Maybe the Internet is a good thing - it forces a re-think from "control" to "letting go"...
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