What Movies Does "Cinema Paradiso" Reference?


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"Cinema Paradiso" references films including "Les Bas-fonds" by Jean Renoir, "Stage Coach" by John Ford, "Casablanca" by Michael Curtiz and "Burlesque on Carmen" by Charlie Chaplin. The film shows clips of films such as "Stage Coach" and posters of other films such as "Casablanca."

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Cinema Paradiso tells the story of an adult filmmaker called Toto who goes back to his hometown to relive the affect watching movies with his old friend, Alfredo, a projectionist, had on him as a child. It was a critical failure in Italy when it was first released there in 1989, but went on to win the Grand Prix at Cannes and the best foreign film at the Oscars.

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