Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore

CINEMA PARADISO by Giuseppe Tornatore

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Shooting Script

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GIANCALDO. SALVATORE'S MOTHER'S HOUSE. EXT/INT. DAY

The October sun slashes through the gray clouds, cuts across the shadow towards the sea, along the coast where the new suburbs of the city of Giancaldo have been built up. Bright light streams through the windows, glancing off the white walls in an almost blinding reflection. MARIA, a woman a little over sixty, is trying to find somebody on the phone. MARIA ...Salvatore, that's right, Salvatore. Di Vita Salvatore ...But, miss, what do you mean you don't know him?!...I...Yes... (She gives a nervous sigh. She has dialed her way through endless numbers but still hasn't managed to speak to Mr. Di Vita. She finally heaves a sigh of relief.) ...That's right, good for you! Oh!...yes...And I'm his mother. I'm calling from Sicily. Been trying all day...Ah, he's not there...But would you be so kind as to give me...?...Yes... (She nods at another woman around forty sitting nearby: it is LIA, her daughter, who jots down the numbers her mother dictates:) ...Six, five, six, two, two, oh, six...Thanks ever so much...Goodbye. Goodbye. She hangs up, takes the number LIA has jotted down, determined to have still another try. LIA speaks to her as if she were a baby, to be more convincing. LIA Look, Ma...It's useless calling him. He'll be terribly busy, God knows where he is. Besides he might not even remember. Do as I say, forget it...He hasn't been here for thirty years. You know how he is. MARIA pauses to think it over. The decision she has to make is important. Then, stubbornly. MARIA He'll remember! He'll remember! (She puts on her glasses and starts dialing

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Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore

the number.) ...I'm positive. I know him better than you do. If he were to find out we hadn't told him, he'd be angry. I know. (She takes off her glasses.) ...Hello? Good morning. Could I please speak to Mr. Salvatore Di Vita. I'm his mother... 2 ROME. STREETS. EXT/INT. NIGHT

It's late, but there is still traffic on the streets heading downtown. Inside a high-powered car, a man around fifty is driving. It is SALVATORE Dl VITA. Elegant, just growing gray, a handsome face creased by deep wrinkles. His weary expression hides the determined, sell-assured manner of the successful self-made man. He must be a heavy smoker judging by the way he draws the last puffs on his cigarette. He stops at a red light. He stubs out the cigarette and rolls down the window, as a little Fiat Uno pulls up alongside. A rock tune plays full blast on the radio. SALVATORE turns instinctively to have a look at the man at the wheel a BOY with a brush cut standing straight in the latest fashion. He studies the Boy's expression with almost exaggerated attention, but devoid of curiosity, coldly. The GIRL sitting beside him, lots of curly hair, overripe red lips, returns SALVATORE'5 look, provocatively. The BOY notices, turns to SALVATORE in a surly voice: BOY Hey! What the fuck you looking at!? Green light. The Fiat Uno shoots off, leaving a trail of music in its wake. 3 ROME. SALVATORE S APARTMENT. INT. NIGHT

The apartment is luxurious, tastefully furnished. There is no one waiting for SALVATORE. Through the picture window on the terrace, the city can be seen slumbering in the night. SALVATORE gets undressed on his way to the bedroom. He moves quietly, as if to make no noise. He doesn't even turn on the light, finishes getting undressed in the pale blue glow coming from the picture window. A rustling sound, a movement on the bed, the voice of a woman waking up. CLARA Salvatore...But what time is it? She turns on the bedside light. It is CLARA, a young woman around thirty. SALVATORE climbs in beside her under the covers, kisses her sweetly, then in a whisper. SALVATORE It's late, Clara. Sorry, but I wasn't able to let you know I wouldn't be corning... (He fondles her, but he is tired, feels like sleeping.) Go to sleep now. Sleep. He turns over on the other side. CLARA shuts her eyes, is about to drop off, but whispers. CLARA Your mother phoned. She took me for somebody else... SALVATORE (Surprised) And what'd you tell her? CLARA I played dumb, so as not to disappoint her. We had a nice little talk. She says you never go see her, and when she wants to see you she has to come to Rome...Is it true? SALVATORE doesn't answer. God only knows how often he's heard that question before.

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Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore

SALVATORE She phoned just to say that? She reaches out to switch of the light, buries her head into the pillow. CLARA She said a certain Alfredo had died. And the funeral's taking place tomorrow afternoon... (A strange look suddenly comes into SALVATORE'S eyes. The idea of going to sleep has clearly left him. It's a piece of news he didn't expect. That's taken him off-guard. CLARA would like to carry on the conversation, but sleepiness makes it almost impossible. An she can manage is one last question in a faint little voice:) Who is it? A relative of yours? SALVATORE No. Sleep. Go to sleep. She falls asleep in the dead silence of the night. SALVATORE is seized by a sort of chill a deep, troubled feeling. He gazes through the window al the city, with its shimmering lights still moving in the darkness, suddenly shrouded in a heavy curtain of rain. But he gazes off, beyond the row of houses, beyond the dark sky; the shadow of a wind chime plays across his face summoning up endless memories, drawing forth from the infinite depths of oblivion a past that he thought had vanished, been wiped out, and instead now re-emerges, comes back to life, takes on light, superimposing itself on the mellow middle-aged features of his face, in the shadow of the city shaken by the storm, until another image is formed, an ancient, remote image... 4 GIANCALDO. CHURCH AND SACRISTY. INT. MORNING

An image from over forty years before. In the baroque church of Giancaldo. SALVATORE is nine years old. Dressed as an altar boy, he is kneeling by the altar with a little silver bell in his hands. The congregation is also kneeling. The PRIEST is consecrating the Host. Little SALVATORE has just got out of bed, is still half-asleep, yawns and doesn't notice that the PRIEST is standing there with the Host in the air glaring at him, as if trying to tell him something. PRIEST Pss! Pssst! SALVATORE finishes yawning and opening his eyes meets the withering look of the PRIEST. He gets the message at once and rings the bell. Now the PRIEST can carry on, lifts the chalice and the bell is heard again. Cut to: The service is over. The PRIEST is in the sacristy removing his vestments. And SALVATORE is also there, removing his altar-boy tunic. PRIEST But how can I make you understand? Without the bell I just can't go on! Always half asleep, you are! What do you do at night anyway? Eat instead of sleep? SALVATORE Father, at my house we don't even eat at noon. That's why I'm always sleepy. That's what the vet says. The PRIEST has finished disrobing. He takes the bell SALVATORE was holding during the service and turns to leave. PRIEST All right, Toto, get moving, I've got things to do. Say hello to your

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opens a door.. spreads through the theatre. SALVATORE. the light goes off and out of the lion's mouth streams the glowing ray aimed al the screen. The PRIEST'S nervous look lingers on those black-and-white lips meeting and now pulling apart for one last declaration of love before separating. the PRIEST raises the bell into the air.. On the screen. The story is at a turning-point. and the lens of the projector can be glimpsed between its sharp teeth. He is around forty. Not very big 200 seats on the main floor and another seventy in the balcony. the horror of sin. He takes a slip of paper from a pad prepared for that purpose and sticks it into the loops of the film containing that specific scene as it winds on to the reel. PRIEST (Interrupting him) And don't ask if you can come. posters of films to be shown are stuck up between the light fixtures. The credit titles have long come and gone. over the last row of seats. SALVATORE Can I. ALFREDO lights the arc lamp and sets the projector going.. off with you!! SALVATORE gives a shrug and leaves. INT. He has finished loading the projector and is checking the carbons in the arc lamp. carried away by those faces. Instinctively. watching the 'movie' on the glowing screen. you can start!! He sits down an by himself in the middle of the empty theatre. SALVATORE is wide-eyed. but his eyes keep looking down at the PRIEST. The love scene reaches a climax. he's probably never seen a man and woman kiss before. 5 CINEMA PARADISO AND PROJECTION BOOTH. String music. Along the walls. Alfredo. another corridor.. Down in the theatre. by the beauty of the woman. Because you can't!! Shoo. are the holes of the projection booth. the dialogue is passionate. PRIEST OK. who is now drumming the bell with his fingers. . two Hollywood stars. The projection continues.. opens a crack and SALVATORE'S gaunt little face appears. spellbound. there are two smaller holes.. Up in the balcony. and finally a door leading to an outside courtyard. a curtain moves. through which the figure of a man can be made out. by the way they talk.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore mother. At the back of the theatre. The CLEANING LADY has finished work and is leaving. all in plaster. Up above. Up in the booth ALFREDO hears the bell.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . romantic. ALFREDO watches the film.. the male and female lead.It is ALFREDO. The middle hole is camouflaged by the huge head of a roaring lion.. as in some age-old ceremony. and the love-struck couple finally fall into each other's arms and kiss. it's a vision that for him has all the attraction of forbidden fruit. On the screen appear the credit titles of an American film of the 1940s. In one corner. He has managed to sneak in somehow and stands there without a word. The screen is now filled with the figure of a woman getting undressed. MORNING The PRIEST enters a movie house. The PRIEST goes down a corridor. shoo. sweet and ominous.. The PRIEST screws up his face and holds the bell in his right hand resting on the arm of his seat. He cuts across it and disappears into another door. showing for one instant the white. the projectionist. a statue of the Virgin Mary with flowers. file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. it's the signal he's been waiting for.. the music crescendos. Up in the booth. slowly slips down the length of the curtain until he is sitting on the floor. at the PRIEST who waves his hand. skinny and bony with a tough peasant face. in the hole of the booth next to the lion. are in close-up. appearing and disappearing. and gives it a loud ring. his eyes glued to the screen.. Then he removes the glass from one of the holes and looks down into the theatre.And also the kiss of the two actors. behind the last row..

The slips of paper are about to arrive. Peddlers hawk their wares in mournful cries. runt that you are. you'd go up in a burst of flame... A noisy line of men. pays no more attention. Up above.and turn into a piece of charcoal!! He's used to his terrorisms. 7. PROJECTION BOOTH. The working men's club is deserted. Anyway. Hanging outside is the poster of the film that has just been seen on screen. but instead reaches over and picks up a pair of scissors. pale and dusty. ALFREDO usually sings to himself.. When he's not talking.. The hum of the projector can be heard and the loud. created by the slips of paper ALFREDO has inserted into the loops. Not even his grim look scares him. CINEMA PARADISO. He stops the film where another slip of paper is stuck in and cuts the scene: ALFREDO 'Cause sometimes you can't find the file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. in a fury. grabs the bell and shakes it for all he is worth. furiously. People come and go in front of the town hall. He shouts.) If the film catches fire. And he snips a piece of film. starts to give him a slap.. pastes the ends together and goes on turning the handle. naked shoulders. INT. SALVATORE stares in open-mouthed wonder. Here's the first. MAIN SQUARE. DAY Despite the speed. or someday I'll snip it off. SALVATORE (Overlapping him) . SALVATORE picks up the strip of film and gives it a closer look. ALFREDO catches the joke.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . at the end of his string. The vast square. women and cows waits in front of the fountain to get water. ALFREDO No!!! Are you deaf or something? I've got to put this back in when we wind up the film again! You're a real pain in the neck! SALVATORE reaches into a basket full of strips of film. that's a sassy little tongue you've got! Watch out. It is noon. The PRIEST. lofty music typical of 'THE END'. The entrance of the Cinema Paradiso is shut. SALVATORE stands beside him. Then dead silence. SALVATORE Then why didn't you put these back when you wound up the films again? ALFREDO is caught out.. He is rewinding the film by hand on the film-winder. numerous white streaks spin around on the reel. shouting) You must not come here! How many times do I have to tell you? (And he slows down the reels with his hand. ALFREDO (Angrily) Christ. EXT..Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore voluptuous flesh of her broad.. DAY The tolling of the bell-tower rings out over the square. He sees a series of frames all alike with a man kissing a woman. He takes out a handful: all kisses that have been cut. From the sound of the bell to another sound. the windows of the projection booth are open. is alive with people. The showing is over. SALVATORE Can I have it? ALFREDO snatches it out of his hand. thieving eyes of his ALFREDO (Harshly.whoosh! And turn into a piece of. taking in everything he does with those quick. 6 GIANCALDO.

SALVATORE (Excited) So I can have these? (ALFREDO explodes... However! One you're not to stick your nose in here any more. SALVATORE has already dashed off down the spiral staircase. his four-year-old sister. is gloomy and cold. darts forth like an arrow and is about to give him a kick in the ass. (In the heap of movie frames there are also several photographs. take your hands off that gold.. The kerosene lamp projects the trembling shadow of the film strips on the wall. SALVATORE sneaks back and while ALFREDO's attention is elsewhere.. He grabs SALVATORE by the shoulders and shakes him. is a seamstress. She is young. (Finding an excuse) Besides... is sleeping on a cot in one corner. He returns to the film-winder. SALVATORE's voice changes. marred by all the sacrifices. you lousy bastard. You blackhearted pig. the musical climaxes. 8 GIANCALDO. is leaning on the table in front of him. because you can't take them home for God forbid and save our souls. or I'll smash your face in! 'Ntantatah!!!. She is sewing some clothes. file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. SALVATORE's mother. think later! This is no job for weaklings! Treacherous dog! The house has no lights.. SALVATORE's hand reaches into a flowery metal box jammed full of pieces of film. turns even tougher. Gazes at the figures that remind him of the films seen at Cinema Paradiso. SALVATORE Bang! Bang! Bang! Shoot first.. He takes out a few frames and holds them up against the kerosene lamp.) ALFREDO Look.they stay here. there are more kisses than you can count. gunslingers. Two I'll keep them for you. figures of prairies.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . INT. snatches up a handful of movie frames scattered on the counter. SALVATORE Hey there. EVENING That was not the first theft of film strips. ALFREDO clutches his hand. saucy look. I give them to you.. SALVATORE What sort of deal is this? The strips are mine! So why can't I come see them? And he stares at ALFREDO with a sly. thugs. Toto! Before I kick your ass all the way to China and back. around thirty. if they catch fire. actually. For him the matter is closed. He shrieks: ALFREDO Get out!! And don't show your face here again! And before the kick reaches its destination. flies off the handle. stay away from me. These strips here are yours. and in a whisper mangles fragments of dialogue.. SALVATORE'S HOUSE. MARIA. let's make a deal. LIA.well. stuffs them into his pocket and. all hell will break loose! OK? Oh!!! And now scram! He takes him and turns him towards the stairs. the shooting of guns. and her pretty face is haggard. SALVATORE picks them up.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore right place any more and so.

And years to come back.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore Family keepsakes. Here and there. 9 GRADE SCHOOL. He stares in terror at that '255 x 15' written on the blackboard. known as 'COLA'.Now go to bed. SALVATORE goes on looking at the photos. a little freckle-faced boy. shy and not quite all there. yelling: MASINO'S FATHER You can fool your mother but not me! Get yourself a damn diploma and become a policeman. if the war's over. SALVATORE takes a closer look at the man's face... She looks back down at her sewing. MARIA He'll be back. Toto. The boys head for one door. But there is not much conviction written on her face. as one of his schoolmates passes by. The TEACHER yells.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . Beneath one of the palms. TEACHER Well then?! Five times five equals. then. You'll see. then whispers to his mother:) Ma. and he's crying desperately because he doesn't want to go to school. It is MASINO.? COLA stops to think a moment. His attention. The Janitors line them up two by two. how come Daddy's never come back? MARIA looks up at him with a sweet smile. You good-fornothing! MASINO I don't want to go to school' (The sound of the bell.. has one purple ear and one white one. The TEACHER is standing there. SALVATORE puts the photos back into the box and tucks the box under LIA's cot near the charcoal burner.. COLA Thirty! The TEACHER grabs him by the purple ear and bashes his head against the numbers file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. COURTYARD. white collars and blue bows moves about the large courtyard where there are two tall palm trees. watching a plump little boy. do a two-figure multiplication it is NICOLA SCORSONE. waving a birch rod in her hand. SALVATORE I don't remember him any more—Ma. takes out the smock and puts it on... EXT. INT. ready to enter. The black lines move up the steps towards the school. A man in an army uniform. SALVATORE pulls off the altar-boy tunic. DAY A noisy crowd of little children in black smocks. His FATHER drags him along. DAY SALVATORE is sitting at the front-row desk next to PEPPINO. where's Russia? MARIA It takes years to get there.) 1O FOURTH GRADE.. like that of the whole class. he'll be back.. the girls towards the opposite one. Then the same man with a girl beside him whose smiling face can be recognized as MARIA. stuffs it into the khaki-colored cardboard schoolbag. He is red in the face. it's late. One of these days.. parents and relatives accompany the younger ones.. is concentrated on what is taking place at the blackboard.

and finishes the sing-song with the fateful question. standing on top of the last row of seats.the rolling pin ALFREDO uses to flatten out a reel of film that has just been unloaded. turns on the amplifier. watches the TEACHER flogging COLA on the back with the rod.. I've come to see the film. His bright little eyes fix in his mind the things ALFREDO does. INT.. TEACHER Silence!! (Then to COLA) The five times table.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore on the blackboard. 'twenty-five'. head on the blackboard. in a singsong chorus:) TEACHER and CLASS Two times five. 11 CINEMA PARADISO.? (COLA turns to her with smiling eyes and answers blissfully:) COLA Christmas!! SALVATORE clutches his head in anger. on the desk. and at every blow the laughter in the class grows louder. then lowers his head to have a look into the theatre and finds himself face to face with SALVATORE. the TEACHER silences the class. SALVATORE secretly shows a Christmas tree on one page of the book. He is not in the projection booth....htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] .. but up in the balcony. COLA smiles. ALFREDO laughs. But he is not thinking of the pain his schoolmate is feeling. that of. followed by a roar of laughter. Hubbub. ten! Three times five.) TEACHER Five times five? COLA (Timidly) Forty.. as he loads the film into the projector. blockhead! Five times five equals. fifteen! Four times five. five!! (The class repeats with the TEACHER. ALFREDO (Sternly) What are you doing here? SALVATORE I bought a ticket. BALCONY AND MAIN FLOOR. The TEACHER slams her rod on the desk. SALVATORE carefully watches ALFREDO 5 every move.. SALVATORE stares at the rod moving up and down rhythmically. he has finally TEACHER I'm asking you for the last time. COLA screams at every blow. A large thud echoes through the room. twenty! (With a wave of the rod. but is drawn. He peers through the hole next to the lion's head.? Another blow of the Slapping of the rod COLA the picture of and mouths the word caught on. checks the carbons in the arc lamp.) USHER (Yelling) Go sit downstairs! You good-fornothing sponger! ! (To the audience) file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. by that strange regular beat. (Meanwhile the USHER comes up behind him and grabs him by the collar. and he almost jumps out of his skin. rather. Dunce! One times five. DAY . finds it similar to another regular beat. shuts the fireproof housings.

.. In his dreamy eyes. An OLD MAN appears through the entrance curtain. BOCCIA. Another OLD MAN enters at the back of the theatre. The beautiful star of the film appears on screen. The kiss isn't seen. The audience is silent.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . their profiles touch. shaking their heads in unison. the hubbub dies down and the performance starts. The screen fills with images ofJohn Wayne. SECOND OLD MAN Greetings to one and all! AUDIENCE SSSSSH' Drop dead! Silence! Hey. says hello in a loud voice. there is a sudden jolt. AUDIENCE (Hooting and whistling) For Christ's sake! Cut it. almost gruesome.. SALVATORE and the others stare at her with open mouths. Alfredoooo! The CHILDREN in the front rows also yell. All at once. but SALVATORE goes on being alert. is smoking a cigarette. the pursuit of the stagecoach by hostile Indians etc. mysterious. He turns and looks up at the holes of the projection booth. FIRST OLD MAN I couldn't care less. AUDIENCE file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. but before sitting down. SALVATORE is in bliss. just at the best part. as if it were an impregnable fortress. that lifeless lion seems to wake up with a ferocious roar. Concentrated on the screen. the logo announcing the newsreel. But all at once. SALVATORE is sitting in the front rows. a chorus of shouts and whistles fills the theatre. kids. The title music. the biggest show off of the group. like every Sunday. next to BOCCIA.. He watches the crazy dancing of light in the glowing stream that opens towards him in a cone. that lion's head. The throng of children imitate the famous growl all together. and there is a greatdin. Now the lights dim. I come here to sleep. all with their noses in the air. emphasizes the enigmatic secret of the movies. Before the film there is a preview for Stagecoach. But up on the screen. everybody! AUDIENCE (At once) Ssssssh!!! Ssssssh! Silence! FIRST OLD MAN Can't I say hello? USHER It's a double-feature today. PEPPINO and OTHER KIDS.. And besides. we're here to see the film! Now there is an important sequence. MASINO. The MGM lion.. spinning among the stars. BOCCIA passes the lighted cigarette to SALVATORE. a languid expression. takes a couple of steps and shouts:) FIRST OLD MAN Hello. CHILDREN Grrrr! Grrrrr! The film starts: it is Visconti's La terra trema. COLA. A different kind of attention takes hold of the excited audience. He takes a puff and hands it on to the others without ever taking his eyes off the screen.Another lion roaring. Up on the screen. SALVATORE has a frightened look. The BOY selling ice-cream. His wide eyes looking up at the magic square of light.She leans towards the leading man.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore Worse than rabbits they are! SALVATORE has run downstairs. soda pop and candy shouts and runs around like a chicken with its head off. a globe of the world appears. right under the screen. The main floor is more crowded than the balcony.

(SALVATORE stares at him in amazement. He knows what has happened. the look of a public notary. Seriously.. MARIA Then where's the money? SALVATORE Somebody stole it. speaks up on behalf of SALVATORE. without batting an eye. the audience is more sedate. goes on listening to him. with a moustache and a hat. Among them. He's seen all the showings. (MARIA wipes away his tears. He's just a kid.) How much did you have? SALVATORE Fifty lire.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . The USHER locks the front door as ALFREDO climbs down from the projection booth.. calls.) file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. points his finger. He goes over to her timidly. She's waiting for him. followed by a chorus of protests.. MARIA What'd you do with the money? Go to the movies? SALVATORE nods his head and the sobs increase. MARIA I've been looking for you all day.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore (Disappointed) Ahhh! What a shame! I've been going to the movies for twenty years and I never saw a kiss! SALVATORE is the only one to laugh to himself. Did you buy the milk? SALVATORE No. have heard everything. mortified.. (To SALVATORE) And why are you telling fibs? (To MARIA) We let him in free. in a temper. DON VINCENZO by name. EXT. SALVATORE. gives her a questioning look. MARIA gives him a slap. He knows what's coming. don't do that. more refined. The square is nearly deserted.. who is picking out from a group of labourers the men he'll be needing in the country at dawn. He must have lost the money inside the movie theatre. a voice is heard. The tickets cost more and the people are richer. VOICE and AUDIENCE Bugger!!! Ssssh!!! Silence!! 12 SQUARE AND ENTRANCE OF CINEMA PARADISO. He starts to walk away when he catches sight of his mother standing on the opposite corner. but looks as if she doesn't really want to. ALFREDO Signora Maria. SALVATORE drops his eyes to the ground. MARIA. Right on the dot. flies off the handle. Except for a landowner near the refreshment stand. uncertain.. in despair. Tired. Among the crowd there is only one kid. half-asleep. but his eyes brim with tears. SALVATORE holds back the sobs.. a MAN with a moustache. wrapped in an old coat. as if deep down she forgives her son's escapade. NIGHT The bell-tower rings midnight. ALFREDO catches on. ALFREDO and the USHER are nearby. AUDIENCE And when will we see one? Up in the balcony. He chooses. is sitting right in front of the railing. slaps him again. People come out of the movie house after the last showing. he spits down below with contempt..

.) MARIA Thanks. But coming back! The saints stand there watching you.Getting there's downhill and all the saints help you. working in the fields. ALFREDO Good morning. like a dream. SALVATORE is about to open his mouth. The funeral procession kicks up a cloud of dust that makes everything blurred and hazy.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . SALVATORE is crestfallen. He looks et the PRIEST. Uncle Alfredo. takes his hat off and watches the coffin as it passes by. beside DON VINCENZO. SALVATORE smiles and winks back. he can't manage to shut only one eye. The spring sun is dazzling. as the VILLAGE IDIOT comes up to the group of labourers.. The square's mine! The square's mine!! 13 CEMETERY ROAD AND VILLAGE ROAD. father.. dragging SALVATORE by the hand.. Everybody leaves and the square empties. huh? PRIEST (Breathless) Yeah!.) USHER A comb. The PRIEST and SALVATORE are walking back to the village. pulls out some odds and ends. EXT. (ALFREDO very skillfully reaches out with fifty lire he has taken from his pocket.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore ALFREDO (To the USHER) What you find tonight on the floor between the seats? (The USHER reaches intohis pockets. Cut to: The funeral is over. ALFREDO appears out of the countryside on e bicycle with a hoe and other farm tools in the basket. The road is very wide. but he's not very good at it. He comes pedaling up beside them. IDIOT It's midnight. It's hard on the feet. Thanks. then at the bicycle riding file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore.and fifty lire! (To MARIA) See? (He hands over the money under the USHER'S astonished eyes. have walked a long way. And like a magician he draws the money out of the USHER'S hand. a box of tobacco.. walks alongside the PRIEST who is wearing the ceremonial vestments.. that's all! God's will be done. ALFREDO. covered with white earth. ALFREDO gives him a wink. dressed as an altar boy.) ALFREDO . Goodnight. but he doesn't have time. I've got to shut down the square! Go away. motioning them all to get moving. two heel-savers. Behind them a donkey pulls a wagon containing a little white coffin and a bunch of flowers. The procession now turns into the large gate of the cemetery. DAY SALVATORE. They are tired. rimmed around the horizon by the blue line of the sea. Behind that a little procession the parents and relatives of the dead child. She walks away. wants to say something to ALFREDO. ALFREDO pedals harder and rides off.

... did you know my father? ALFREDO Of course I knew your father. hugging her in her arms. He was tall. ALFREDO turns around to look.I'm here. SALVATORE Alfredo. Cut to: There is a smile on SALVATORE'S face. in file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. His eyes light up an idea! He suddenly yells: SALVATORE Ouch! Ouch! My foot! I can't walk! He limps. He looked like Clark Gable. and sees on the ground.) 14 SALVATORE S HOUSE. SALVATORE Alfredo. He has a try with an innocent stratagem. MARIA Stop crying. There's something SALVATORE wants to talk about. Throws himself to the ground as if a snake had bitten him. EXT. SALVATORE'S kid sister.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore away. a remark taken from some old film. that'll do. Always smiling. swift as a deer.' (Laughs) You're too smart to be my friend. as I always tell my kids. but he doesn't know how to start. be careful to pick the right friends! SALVATORE (Surprised) But you don't have any kids!!! ALFREDO (Spluttering) All right.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] .. terror stricken. is crying outside the front door. Up ahead in the distance. damp with sweat.. who goes on bawling her eyes out. ALFREDO 'I choose my friends for their looks. shrieking:) Miserable boy! You're the ruin of me! Your sister would have been burnt alive if I hadn't been there! And all your fault! SALVATORE darts off. On their way back lo the village. and answers in a strange... to the movie house. leans over LIA. He is riding on the crossbar of ALFREDO's bicycle. Besides.maybe. as if he were repeating something he knows by heart. and my enemies for their brains. all right! When I've got kids that's what I'm telling them! (The outlying houses of Giancaldo finally heave into sight.. theatrical tone.. why don't we become friends? ALFREDO knows exactly what the little rascal is up to. I'm not saying I can start coming to the projection booth. The PRIEST leans over in alarm.. and tries to console her. Her face is smeared with smoke and her little dress half scorched and soaking wet.The fire is out. ALFREDO doesn't understand what has happened. MARIA is distraught. DAY LIA..That'll do. chased by his mother... now that I'm older. SALVATORE has barely leapt off the bicycle when his mother sails into him like a fury.. (ALFREDO and SALVATORE come up behind them. and had a moustache like mine. pleasant. thin.But.

ALFREDO I give you my word. Turin is leading one to zero.. Voices and laughter of the children. slap after slap. a flowery box all charred and still smoking. by ALFREDO who peers out of the window of the projection booth. and all around scraps of film reduced to ashes and several singed photographs.. his morbid passion for movies.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore the middle of the water. He yells: file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. as if to enforce her stubborn hope. who has caught SALVATORE and is dragging him home. DAY . The boy's crazy! Crazy! All he talks about is movies and Alfredo' Alfredo and movies!! ALFREDO is crestfallen.We're at the seventh minute of the second half.. (An icy flash runs through MARIA'S eyes. to see. in a sea of laughter. lets MARIA give vent to her rage and fury. CAROSIO'S voice drowns out the soundtrack of the film being shown. ice-cream. hitting and slapping him all the way. MARIA And who gave him all those films? Promise you won't give him any more of this trash! Don't let him set foot any more in the movie house. The sound of the sports commentary fills the theatre. NICOLO CAROSIO'S VOICE . ALFREDO turns on the lights in the theatre' stops the projector.. A crowd of men has gathered in the square around the café where there is a loudspeaker. ALFREDO gets the message now.what's it got to do with me?. EXT/INT. in a stern. He fights off the gate-crashers who are trying to get in free. MARIA But aren't you ashamed of yourself. Uncle Alfredo. DAY Another Sunday...the house packed to the rafters.) 16:CINEMA PARADISO. The music swells to a climax as 'THE END' appears on the screen. SALVATORE covers his head with his hands to stave off the blows.. the photos of SALVATORE s father. looks through the hole. but SALVATORE'S cries make him feel guilty. could go this far.. Smoke. Swift as ever. They are listening to the running commentary of the soccer games.... The village BLACKSMITH is sleeping in his seat.. (MARIA now turns one last time to her son. Looks back through the hole. This time ALFREDO doesn't step in...It's the last sequence of the film. playing with a little boy at your age?! ALFREDO (Cowed) But.) MARIA It's not true! No! It's not true!!! I'll show you he's coming back! And she beats him desperately. Donna Maria. soft drinks. The USHER has opened the emergency exits to let in air. MARIA turns to ALFREDO.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] .. indignant voice.) MARIA God's got to grant me one wish! Send your father back home! And he'll see you get what's coming to you! (SALVATORE lowers his hands. ALFREDO is bored. The goal was scored by. They check their Sisal pools coupons.(The scene is seen from above. didn't think that SALVATORE'S craziness. his head thrown back and his mouth wide open.He's dead. looks up at MARIA. looks at her and with the dreadful sincerity of children:) SALVATORE Daddy's not coming back. Bang! The BLACKSMITH wakes up with a start. The KIDS blow up the empty ice-cream sacks and pop them next to his ears. 15:SQUARE AND PROJECTION BOOTH. He goes over to the projector. INT/EXT..

SALVATORE I told my mother you weren't the one who gave me the films. ALFREDO also catches sight of him. unwraps it and lifts the lid.. And you wound the crank all day long. as if asking if he can come up a moment. Now that I know. I'm going. DAY time for the documentaries and top of the stairs. He sees ALFREDO through the lion's mouth.. without resorting to terrorism. SALVATORE raises his eyes from the floor and looks at him at last. SALVATORE hasn't missed a single gesture. ALFREDO starts up the projector. sits down on the stool. It was really rough going! If you got tired and slowed down' boom! Everything would go up in flames! SALVATORE Then why don't you want to teach it to me too? Now that there's no more cranking. Yet there must be some way. after what happened it won't be easy to win him over. In those days there weren't these modern machines. ALFREDO Now listen to what I've got to say. come here. but speaks with his eyes to the poor. He'll talk to him seriously. He takes the packet. All things considered. He is sad..htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] .. that strikes him. ALFREDO sees him. The projectors were run by hand. but pricks up his packet. I won't steal any more from you. with a crank. He turns and looks up at the projection booth. SALVATORE Signora Anna! 17 CINEMA PARADISO. SALVATORE peers in from the ALFREDO'S reaction. and it's easier? file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. That's all I wanted to say.. That it wasn't your fault. He's scared of courage and shows him the pounce on him.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore BLACKSMITH Ah! I'll wring all your necks!! Or my good name means nothing! !! Lousy brats! SALVATORE doesn't laugh. try to convince him. like this. SALVATORE is smart as the devil when he's out to get something. shuts it again and puts the container inside the lamp of the projector to keep it warm. INT/EXT. It's cartoons. SALVATORE gives him a timid wave of the hand. realizes it's another one of his little games. But what is it? As usual. I took up this profession when I was ten years old. It is ALFREDO's WIFE. ALFREDO (Sternly) Give it to me!. there is something in that little boy. irrevocable: N0! SALVATORE'S not surprised. Through the emergency exit he sees a woman pass by with a packet in her hand. ALFREDO sighs.) ALFREDO Toto. PROJECTION ROOM AND SQUARE. The look on ALFREDO'S face is unmistakable. He lowers the volume of the monitor. The films were silent.. But I thought you said the film could catch fire just to scare me. and the packet is his supper. (He turns to leave but ALFREDO takes him by the shoulder and stops him. SALVATORE leaps to his feet and runs out to her. His expression betrays the 'put on'. is about to SALVATORE (On the defensive) Your wife told me to bring you this. maybe his feverish passion.

gas fumes. on Christmas. when you hear from up here that there's a full house and that people are laughing. He reaches out to turn the knob of the carbon rods. because you have nothing else to do. And you start talking to Greta Garbo and Tyrone Power like a nut! You work on holidays. there's something about that damn job he likes:) ALFREDO With time. Then you're happy too. Toto! This is not a job for you. on Easter.. goes into a closet with a bucket in it. You breathe in smoke.. Besides I wasn't lucky. Only on Good Friday are you free. But if they hadn't put Jesus Christ on a cross. Sure. He gazes at SALVATORE as if he were a grown-up.) SALVATORE (In a loud voice) But don't you like anything about what you do? (SALVATORE gazes at the photos on the wall: Keaton. Besides....... Garbo. speaking all the while. (SALVATORE listens to him. Good for you. (He gets up and. You see the same film over and over again..you get used to it. It's like being a slave. just as he had seen done a moment before. And you want to be a dope like me? Huh? Answer me! SALVATORE No. ALFREDO Good for you.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . When I was a kid there was the war! When I grew up.. Times have changed. irritated. and earn practically nothing.You'd work Good Fridays too! SALVATORE Then why don't you change jobs? (ALFREDO sighs. but taking advantage of the fact he can't be seen. You're always alone.. ) Cooped up in here you die of heat in the summer and of cold in the winter. How many other guys in town know how to be a projectionist? None! Only a jerk like me could do it. having fun. somebody who's making things hard for him. Toto.. ALFREDO smiles to himself. I'm only saying this for your own good. doesn't notice file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. He turns his back and pees. the toilet of the booth.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore ALFREDO (Firmly) Because I don't want to. another war! Now it's all different. he turns the knob of the carbon rods...) ALFREDO Because I'm an idiot. (ALFREDO is lost in thought. Snow White.

ALFREDO talks to himself. you do what you want! (He gives SALVATORE a kick in the ass. he's learned! It's incredible! (He peers out of the window. as if he expected a medal for civil bravery.) So I've been wasting my breath? You pretend to agree with me. scared out of his wits. His face is pale. SALVATORE'S eyes sparkle. just as ALFREDO would have done. SALVATORE looks at him all smiles. Instead. Hates him. but as soon as my back is turned. but sees that everything is in order. as he sees SALVATORE running through the square. shrieking:) Get out of here! I don't want to lay eyes on you again! This is the last straw! Your mother's right. alarmed. SALVATORE suddenly vanishes. in a fury:) But how'd he do it? The little bastard! By watching. The others swarm around him. A voice rises like a siren from the crowd. you're crazy!! (He pushes him towards the stairs. he seizes the opportunity. They hold up his head. yelling. He turns on the lights and stops the projector. And down in the theatre laughter is not heard but an uproar of whistling and swearing.) CROWD Goal!! Holy Mother of God!!! (A MAN in the crowd crumples to the ground. go fuck yourself!!! (But his words are drowned out by the sudden shouting of the people outside the café.) MAN file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. Yells something offensive:) SALVATORE Alfredo.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore that the documentaries and cartoons have finished. ) I'm letting the box office know you're not to set foot even into the theatre! There are no more tickets for you! And I'm also talking to Father Adelfio! You won't be an altar boy any more either!!! You little runt! (SALVATORE looks at him. At which ALFREDO buttons up his pants in a hurry and rushes over alarmed. The screen is blank.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . They check the coupon he is clutching in his hand. ALFREDO reacts like a wild animal.

PEPPINO. In the first he sells fruit and vegetables. Here are the men taking the exam for the elementary school certificate. The EXAMINING BOARD MEMBER is dictating the text of the arithmetic problem. The BILL-POSTER is hanging up the posters of a new film. Pushing. Then another MAN disinfects them by spraying them with the hand pumps used to spray trees in the country. Shouting. INT. (All the children turn to look.. SALVATORE is speechless. interrupts the dictation. SALVATORE is about to look up at him.) I8 CINEMA PARADISO. file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. one for each desk.. TEACHERS and the PRINCIPAL moue about. The village has a different look..htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . women are busy canning tomatoes. A MAN around thirty enters. There is a look of revenge in his shrewd little eyes. It can be seen on their faces. EXAMINING BOARD MEMBER A merchant owns two stores. professor. ill at ease. ANGELO. The URCHINS laugh. There is dead silence in the hall. kids!!! Northerners are always lucky! (The whole audience leaps up and heads for the exit. MORNING The fifth-grade exams. DAY ... SALVATORE. In the vast dining hall all the children are seated.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore Ciccio Spaccafico's won the Sisal!!!!! (The yell can be heard. please. (The PRINCIPAL comes in. 'TODAY AT CINEMA PARADISO . The second is the BLACKSMITH. MASINO and COLA have taken places here and there. Laughing and Joking. The peddlers sing their monotonous refrains in the village streets. ALFREDO is also in trouble.inside the movie house. The four outsiders are having a hard time.. too proud to let himself be seen.. ) 19 SQUARE AND VILLAGE. BOCCIA. MORNING Summer has come. SPECTATOR'S VOICE The Neapolitan's won the lottery!!! Let's go see. EXT. Somebody opens an emergency exit. The third is a twenty-year-old-boy. He looks at the desk next to him. The audience murmurs.) Cut to: The assignment is now being carried out. (Turning to the door) Come in. doesn't know how to solve the problem. checking to be sure there are no notes being handed around or other forms of 'collaboration'. In the second he sells nails and cement. the one who falls asleep at the movies.) PRINCIPAL Excuse me. embarrassed and red in the face. the calculations are too diff cult. The fourth is ALFREDO. under the watchful eyes of the teachers. In one corner of the square.. INT. but ALFREDO immediately looks away.. In one street. Gives a slightly ironic laugh. where SALVATORE is sitting. The children recognize him and laugh mischievously. 20 GRADE SCHOOL DINING HALL. the SHEARER has finished clipping the donkey and is now shaving the hair of a row of bare-chested URCHINS with nothing on but their underwear. as nervous as everybody else..

SALVATORE makes him understand with gestures that he could help him maybe. He asks for help. opens the shutter and stands on tip-toe to see the screen from the hole. ALFREDO slips the reel on to the projector. A jump. the same little MAN with the face of a public notary spits below.. A kiss. This is where it can easily catch fire. ALFREDO can't stand it any longer. hiding it from sight. He's sorry he ever showed up. the images of ALFREDO teaching SALVATORE all the secrets of the projectionist trade. rolls it up into a tiny ball and as soon as the TEACHER passes by..Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore The exchange of glances continues. is nervous. He points to a place on the projector. On the screen. MAIN FLOOR VOICE Bastard!! Pencil-pusher!! ALFREDO shows SALVATORE the running of the film. But SALVATORE turns his back. AUDIENCE Fraaaame!! Wake up. Unrelenting. accepts the condition. Alfredo! (SALVATORE tries to do a hand-binding. SALVATORE licks the film on one side. the first thing you've got to do is break it off. The main-floor audience applauds a line spoken by Massimo Gironi. DAY/EVENING A bright. implacable. with the solution to the problem. as in a dance. then on the other. He rubs his hand over his sweating face. ALFREDO'S hand catches the precious and dearly bought message in mid-air. Tell me how to solve this fucking problem! TEACHER Ssssh! Silence back there!! ALFREDO insists with his eyes. SALVATORE laughs up his sleeve. SALVATORE meanwhile writes down numbers and operations quite quickly. takes aim and flicks it to him. If it happens. ALFREDO tries sneaking a look at somebody else's exercise book. It looks like a conspiracy against him. He looks at SALVATORE. A shot from In nome della legge. so the whole reel doesn't go up in fames. here and here.on one condition. but you can tell he is happy. but. ALFREDO has no way out. He takes out a sheet of paper he had already prepared. a shot from Riso amaro. does not flaunt his victory. ALFREDO You understand which side the gelatin's on? SALVATORE It tastes wonderful! A shot of Amedeo Nazzari in La figlia del capitano. Then he surrenders. motions him with his eyes in a conversation of glances. the PRIEST rings his bell. And from the balcony. He laughs. ALFREDO tries to put it into words in a low voice.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . but SALVATORE stands firm. unrolls the trailer and hands it to SALVATORE. SALVATORE is serious. almost comical. The audience whistles. grotesque. but the damn kid also covers it.. lilting tune marks the rhythm of the quick. INT. blurred images. He has to accept the idea of eating humble pie. now he has the upper hand. raises his eyes to the ceiling as if he were swearing. He imitates the gesture of winding the crank of the projector. SALVATORE mounts the film on the sprockets. Their quarrel is over. ALFREDO winds the film. beaded with sweat. 2I VARIOUS SETTINGS. an out-of-rack frame. ALFREDO Pay attention. ALFREDO YOU jerk. hangs a slip on a nail in the file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. It's pure blackmail. ALFREDO gets the message.. Now SALVATORE sets the projector into motion. ALFREDO tries sneaking a look at his exercise book in order to copy something.

the others. SALVATORE Will they really find work in Germany? ALFREDO file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. serious. in the balcony. so he can be high enough to reach the reels of the projector and the arc lamp. You see? SALVATORE OK. INT. Another flash of light. CINEMA PARADISO. There are tears.. aren't you saying goodbye to your schoolmate? (DI FRANCESCO gives his head a little shake. the strains of some American musical comedy tune.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore wall. AUDIENCE Holy Mother! What a face! So ugly! One young man. He is posing in a photographer's studio . TEACHER Di Francesco. Now SALVATORE is posing next to his mother and little sister. DAY Another click. EXT/INT. up in the window of the projection booth. ROSA. having received their end-of-the-year report cards. He laughs. scared. They smile without hugging. holding a white lily. The scene is watched by SALVATORE and ALFREDO. Click! 22 FIFTH GRADE. ALFREDO gives SALVATORE a wooden stool. Alfredo. BOCCIA. He takes a few steps back. He looks up at a young woman.) DI FRANCESCO My father says he's a Communist.on the contrary. The TEACHER leans over to him. Down on the main floor. ALFREDO Now you can run it by yourself. Other pupils crowd around him in excitement. MASINO (In a whisper) Christ. He is all dressed up for first communion. SALVATORE climbs up on it. all excited. The cardboard suitcases tied with string are loaded on to the luggage rack of the black car. The transparency of Rita Hayworth in her black gown from Gilda. On the sound monitor. who shared SALVATORE s desk. sad expressions. COLA. He and SALVATORE kiss like grown-ups.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . 23 SQUARE AND PROJECTION BOOTH. MASINO is pasting it inside a minute pair of plastic field glasses. The TEACHER is standing among them. what a piece of ass!!! But there is not a cheerful atmosphere in the class . SALVATORE gives another smile. Everyone screams and hides their faces when Hyde looks at the camera. almost into her ear. ANGELO. a strange silence.) But why? (DI FRANCESCO whispers.. They have serious. The pupils are all standing around the teacher's desk. One of the schoolmates does not respond lo PEPPINO's goodbye gesture.) ALFREDO These are the shipping invoices for the film. He's had it made especially for him. His father and mother are also there. They are always to be kept. is saying goodbye to his schoolmates. PEPPINO. a scene from Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. his eyes lowered. who turns and smiles at him. PEPPINO to his grandparents. DAY Another farewell scene in the square. The flash goes off like lightning during a storm. saying goodbye to the old folks. They look like old friends. doesn't hide his face.

And a lump in her throat prevents her from speaking. Her heart is bursting in her breast. SALVATORE pays careful attention. DAY MARIA walks through the city.. but held back. One quick detail catches SALVATORE's eye among those photographs.. She holds SALVATORE by the hand. They have black bands on their arms. 24 CINEMA PARADISO. The URCHINS take to their heels. holding her hand. SALVATORE comes up and looks. an ID card and the photograph. A little hand drops the cockroach into the gaping mouth. while everybody laughs. If you'd like to sign it. The heartbroken tears of someone who has lost the one last hope. the one SALVATORE saw in the newsreel. The troops in the snow..Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore Who knows?.It's like an adventure. wake up with a start. so far considered missing and now confirmed as dead. a cold look in her sunken eyes. INT. The sleeping man is the same old BLACKSMITH. SALVATORE looks up. SALVATORE stands beside her. photographs. EVENING The lion's head with the beam of light. so as not to be seen by the child. trying to catch her eye. A pair of urchins pick up a cockroach with their hands. SALVATORE'S face appears in the hole beside it. identifies them a gold chain. Spits. Families concerned will be notified directly by military authorities. EXT. She looks at her husband's belongings. SALVATORE presses close and puts his arm around her waist. with his head thrown back. An empty stare in their eyes. The snoring of a man sleeping can be heard. (In a theatrical voice) Hope springs eternal. CITY. as the OFFICIAL concludes: OFFICIAL . The audience is distracted. 25 PREFECTURE. file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. SALVATORE watches the car drive off. INT. He quickly sticks a slip of paper into the take-up reel. Documents. Now in detail a heap of personal objects found on the corpses. COMMENTATOR The Defense Minister has announced a new listof names of Italian soldiers... He smiles. leaving a cloud of dust that envelops the suppressed sobs of the grandparents standing there waving handkerchiefs. They turn the corner. He mumbles:) Good thing Germany's closer than Russia. The BLACKSMITH squirms. clothing.This is the form for the pension. (PEPPINO from the distance gives one last wave at the window of the projection booth. sees the black-and-white shots of the last war. and walk off in the noisy city. as he peers down at the images of the Settimana Incom newsreel. tip-toe down the aisle.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . SALVATORE waves back.. disfigured by the ruins of war.. The newsreel is now about missing soldiers in Russia. in silence.Unfortunately we don't know what war cemetery he's buried in. MARIA strokes it with her fingers. He sees her crying. A poster for Gone with the Wind catches SALVATORE's eye.) SALVATORE Peppinoooo! Come back sooon!! (The black car drives off. glasses. as when marking the kisses to be cut. ALFREDO rubs his hand through his hair. She is dressed in black. MARIA is pale. The Russian campaign.. for one instant he sees one he thinks he recognizes.. seen from the balcony. BALCONY AND BOOTH. DAY The hands of an OFFICIAL tear off several forms and give them to MARIA who is sitting in front of the desk.. 26 PREFECTURE AND CITY STREET.

Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore 27 CINEMA PARADISO. PRIEST Don't shove! There's no room! For heaven's sake! I can't give another showing. Reacts:) AUDIENCE Ssssh! Sssssh! Be quiet out there!! What the hell! (From the window of the projection booth. yelling and complaining. Fists pound the door.. an the way down to the screen. the bell-tower rings eleven o'clock. Father Adelfio.. The aisles are crammed. Almost everybody is smoking. People are also standing there. INT/EXT. it's late! VOICES IN CROWD Father Adelfio. They are making love standing there among the crowd. the USHER and TWO CARABINIERES push the crowd back. And if we don't the owner of that movie house gets pissed off. is exhausted.All the way to the entrance of the movie house. The sea of heads sways and shakes at the irresistible jokes of Toto. A woman laughs. Tomorrow you're taking it off! (ALFREDO spreads his arms out as if to say there s nothing he can do. On the poster of the film a ' LAST DAY' sticker. shove. CROWD Open up!!! Father Adelfio!! (The audience in the theatre hears the uproar. The curtain over the entrance is open. a sequence from I pompieri di Viggiu. In the balcony ANGELO is holding hands with ROSA. But the line continues on outside. we've been here for an hour! There are people inside who've seen it twice! ! ! Move on!! Ouch!! My foot!!! It has just stopped raining.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . but every now and then her expression reveals a look of deep pleasure. their noses in the air. SQUARE. at the end of one of the aisles jammed with people standing. There are crowds of people. PROJECTION BOOTH. The PRIEST. shivering from the cold. even a corner of the screen through the forest of heads. holding the baby she is nursing. which notices nothing and goes on laughing. Some people have climbed up on the window-sills. ALFREDO and SALVATORE look at the crowd down below. close the front door. The protest grows louder. risk provoking incidents. who protest. BOX OFFICE.. tries to calm them down. a girl laughs. the TICKET-SELLER. On the screen. out in the square. Her body moves slightly. The theatre is jam full.. where grown-ups and children sit on the floor. Some of the people look up at them. seeing what they can from the distance. EVENING Winter has returned. SALVATORE Too bad! file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. The PRIEST.) SALVATORE Why can't we show the same film tomorrow? ALFREDO It's got to be sent to another town. In one corner. Clinging to her from the rear is a man bathed in sweat. Some people munch crusts of bread they've brought along from home. ) VOICES IN CROWD Alfredooo! We want to get in!.

. SALVATORE can barely believe his eyes. like a dream. (Mischievously) What'd you say if we let these poor devils see the film. moves as the glass moves all the way over to the window looking out over the square. all of you! Otherwise somebody's going to end up in jail!' That's enough! ALFREDO (Dramatically) 'Joe! A mob doesn't think. boy.. eagerly. He gives a smirk.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore The crowd sways nervously.On the wall behind the projector: the film picture appears gradually.. EVENING Trying not to put his hand in front of the lens. ALFREDO and SALVATORE watch with glittering eyes. INT/EXT.' (SALVATORE gives him a curious. inquisitive look. imitates the tough American movie stars.) CROWD Oh. CARABINIERES (Exasperated) Stop! Go home.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] ...) VOICE IN CROWD (Shouting) Hey.. but you'll have to believe your own eyes!. Toto? (SALVATORE stares at him in amazement. It is. The CARABINIERES give order. in front of the strange new screen. SALVATORE Alfredo.. ALFREDO You don't believe my words. and have a look.. all excited.And now get your ass off that damn stool. Looks out. He climbs off the stool. boy! SALVATORE laughs. It's like another screen. He takes a quick look through the hole to see if the film is still showing on the screen. praise the Lord!! It's true! Look! The movie!! There's Toto!! Hurry! Hurry!. (A voice is heard in the crowd of people jammed around the entrance to the movie house. ALFREDO (Mysteriously) Go to the window. like when you look in a mirror. Both of them move towards the projector. SALVATORE goes over to the window. it's beautiful. ravishing. look there!! The movie!! (All heeds turn to look at the house behind them..) Spencer Tracy said it in Fury. There it disappears... ALFREDO removes the frame with the glass that protects the projection. And here and there are the windows of the houses. ALFREDO smiles. it's a wonderful spectacle..THANKS.) SALVATORE Wonderful! But how can it be done? ALFREDO turns away from the window.. as if he were about to see a whole new movie.. ALFRED0000!! And everybody runs over to the other side of the square. Except the images are backwards. doesn't know what it's doing. 28 PROJECTION BOOTH AND SQUARE. The reflected beam of light ends up on the white row of houses facing the square. as if it were a piece of magic. reflected by the glass. file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. He wheels it around and motions SALVATORE to look.For SALVATORE.

The TICKET-SELLER strides over to the shivering spectators. SALVATORE laughs too. And over the general merriment looms the shadow of ALFREDO. in his pajamas. standing in the window of the projection booth. rings it over to the window. Doesn't now what's going on. 29 PROJECTION BOOTH. SALVATORE looks around. and sees the black-and-white figures of the film dancing around him. CROWD Aaaaaaaa! At last! ALFREDO (Looking at SALVATORE) Do you want to go down there? (SALVATORE gives a contented nod. The crowd roars with laughter. Father Adelfio. Behind him. and one of the windows opens. on the house-front screen. Down in the square SALVATORE heads for the crowd. ALFREDO looks wistfully towards the huge image in the square. Looks around. no joking around here!!! Otherwise. Alfredo! A close-up of Toto projected on the houses. CROWD Shut the window!! Shut the window! Go to bed!! The MAN is dazed. all worked up. the image of Toto slows down for an instant. his eyes trained on the house-front screen.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . He sees all those people looking at him and laughing together. SALVATORE Good for you. slams the window shut. as if carried away by it all.. The crowd gives a start of bewilderment and fear. INT. Dazzled by the light. the people standing or sitting on the ground. pulls the pad of tickets out of his pocket. He turns up he volume and the sound-track fills the square. turns it around towards the square. All at once.. almost cared. laughing.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore SALVATORE lays his hand on the shoulder of his great pal. A MAN appears. The PRIEST. whispers something into his ear. TICKET-SELLER Ladies and gentlemen! You have to buy tickets! Reduced rate! An irresistible chorus of Bronx cheers washes over him. sees the film being projected on the house front. should we make them happy? SALVATORE (Smiling) Sure. he shades his eyes with his hand. A chorus of approval. highly amused. a white blister appears and spreads until it fills the whole screen. sure! ALFREDO takes the loudspeaker of the monitor. CROWD Fuck off!! The square belongs to everybody! (The VILLAGE IDIOT peers Out Of the crowd. Then he motions over the TICKET-SELLER. VOICES IN CROWD (To ALFREDO) Sound!!! Sound!! Alfredooooo!! ALFREDO What do you say. DAY The film bursts violently into flame among the gears and sprockets of the file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. kids.) VILLAGE IDIOT No!!! The square's mine!!! Come on. His eyes nearly pop out of his head.) Go on. the door of the movie house opens. SALVATORE jerks his head around to look at the booth. SALVATORE runs on. He pops back inside.

almost trampling him underfoot.. The projection booth is enveloped inflames. throws a blanket over his shoulders. 35 SQUARE AND CINEMA PARADISO.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . SALVATORE streaks up the stairs. comes up. EVENING A violent spurt of flames leaps out of the mouth of the plaster lion's head. INT. STAIRS AND PROJECTION BOOTH. He grabs the film which is catching fire and pulls it out quickly. INT. Inside the movie house the murmuring of the audience can be heard. elbows his way towards the street with the stairs leading to the projection booth. SALVATORE is appalled. The statue of the Virgin Mary is also in flames.. drags him by the feet over to the stairs. burning. It looks like a battlefield after an enemy attack. People stand around.. 30 SQUARE. Using the same blanket. He is suddenly seized by a superhuman force.. VOICES What a pity! Poor Alfredo! What a terrible thing!! Cheer up.. EXT. like a wounded colt. A desperate race against the speed of the fire. gasping for breath. It's like an explosion. He finally succeeds.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore projector.. From the smoke and ashes to. claws his way desperately ahead. elbows his way through the moving crowd. EVENING The place is filled with smoke. INT.EXT. The flames leap out. slows down the movement of his hands for an instant and inevitably the flames run ahead. They gather around the PRIEST. Nothing remains of the movie house but the skeleton. he stamps out the flames that have seared ALFREDO'S clothes. gets up. ALFREDO is taken off-guard. EVENING The crowd streaks out of the movie house. 33 CINEMA PARADISO. 32 SQUARE AND CINEMA PARADISO ENTRANCE. ALFREDO doesn't have time to scream.. ALFREDO gives a jump. EVENING The fire has been put out. SALVATORE looks at him and only now is panic-stricken. SALVATORE Alfredo! Heeeelp! Help!!! 34 CINEMA PARADISO. SALVATORE tries in vain to get inside. Everything has gone up in smoke. growing louder and louder. knocks him to the ground.. And the movie screen. the man who won the Sisal pools. with people falling on top of him and to the floor. file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. He breaks the film running into the takeup reel. EVENING The plaster lion looks like a dragon spitting fire and smoke. he drags him further down the stairs which have been reached by the smoke but not by the flames. 3I:CINEMA PARADISO. With the force of desperation. tries to stop the flames from reaching the reel in the f reproof housing. CROWD Heeeelp! Run for your lives!!! In the general panic. dressed in style. striking him full in the face. struggles desperately and falls to the floor.EVENING The flash of the flames flares up in the windows of the projection booth. into the darkness broken by the screams of people rushing for the exits. SALVATORE moves quickly. lets out a terrified shriek. The air is suffocating. starts up the stairs. Meanwhile the flames envelop everything. enveloped in a cloud of black smoke. Father. ALFREDO doesn't move. PRIEST What'll we do now! The town will have to get along without movies! Who's got the money to rebuild it? CICCIO SPACCAFICO. He looks up at the charred cinema. is there something we can do?' VILLAGE IDIOT (Laughing) Burnt up. The audience clashes against him. who is at once grieved and shocked. his face is burnt. to express their solidarity and comfort. The flames on the floor burn his legs.Burnt up. dismayed. A scream. but is unable to do it for the delivery reel. ALFREDO's body on the floor. as boxes and other objects fall on him. reach the upper housing. EXT.

Don't ever go to sleep. PRIEST How'd you solve his being under age? SPACCAFICO I took out a license as projectionist... Rubs his hands: these are going to be golden times for him. EVENING Laughter. the screen with holy water. Officially. SALVATORE'S mother. The movie house has been rebuilt. But I don't know a thing about it. New billboards. flabbergasted. Thanks. AUDIENCE To the Cinema Paradiso! The PRIEST sprinkles the new seats. His worried-looking mother is also there for the occasion. EVENING Now FATHER ADELFIO is blessing the brand-new projection booth. Father. CICCIO SPACCAFICO chuckles. There is the MAYOR. Be sure another accident doesn't happen. New facade. El A. PRIEST Fine. EVENING The lobby is crowded with people. Lastly. The love theme gets louder and louder. authorities. the walls. and his kid sister. blesses the lobby. Don Ciccio! The procession advances towards the stairs leading into the theatre.but Toto earns the money. my boy.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . FATHER ADELFIO and the new owner. Do everything poor Alfredo taught you. CICCIO SPACCAFICO. (Smiling at Salvatore) .. MARIA Thanks. the new auditorium. that's news!! An OLD LADY sitting next to the MAYOR. The laughter of the large audience at the first showing of the inauguration film. 38 CINEMA PARADISO. he'll never set foot in the place again. INT. MARIA.. Up on the screen. INT. The first time a kiss has been seen at the Cinema Paradiso. a man and a woman kiss. INT. FATHER ADELFIO... crosses herself. He is very nervous. EVENING . but serious. PROJECTION BOOTH. His mother kisses the PRIEST's hand.. selfpossessed.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore 36 CINEMA PARADISO. with a nostalgic sigh. EXT. thanks to friends down at the guild offices. Life goes on! I want to see you happy and smiling! 39 CINEMA PARADISO. dressed to the teeth.. Among the spectators. (To SALVATORE) Always be careful. He also blesses the new projectionist: SALVATORE. The MAYOR cuts the ribbon. It is the evening of the inauguration. SALVATORE nods his head seriously. special guests. There are people moving about the entrance. Clapping. GUESTS Cheers' Congratulations.. indignant. The audience murmurs. Flashbulbs pop.The great lighted sign of the CINEMA PARADISO . And may God bless you. then the corridor. FATHER ADELFIO gets up and stalks out of the theatre. I do the job. The PRIEST turns to SPACCAFICO. SPACCAFICO And now enough of this gloomy atmosphere. 37 CINEMA PARADISO.. file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. assuming a responsible expression.. which resounds with toasts and cheers. surprised and excited.. AUDIENCE Ooooooh! They're kissing!! Look at that!! Christ.

Some day you'll have other things to do. INT..Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore 40 PROJECTION BOOTH.. he gazes at the voice from the rear of the The same music spreads through the booth from the himself. and you need the Cinema Paradiso.. this isn't for you. Il has been repainted. as if having grazed death and the loss of his sight had endowed him with a deeper knowledge of men and life. He has lost his sight. I'11 probably stop going. SALVATORE is by but strangely enough. we see that he is now a young man. Now that I've lost my sight I see more. I see everything I didn't see before. I know it. (He reaches out and touches SALVATORE'S face to 'feel' his expression.. ALFREDO... (SALVATORE doesn't file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. He listens to the soundtrack of the film. SALVATORE turns and at the top of the stairs sees SIGNORA ANNA and behind her. (To ALFREDO) I'm glad you came. OK..htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] .. He is wearing a pair of dark glasses and walks with the kelp of a cane.) And it's all thanks to you. and that ALFREDO is older. Alfredo. There is something new in ALFREDO'S manner.) SALVATORE Come in.. ALFREDO Don't do that. Signora Anna.. Cut to: ALFREDO is now sitting there immobile. EVENING monitor. SALVATORE Why? What do you mean? ALFREDO Toto.Sooner or later you'll be left empty-handed. will you bring him home when you close down? SALVATORE Yes.. ALFREDO'S absence makes stool he used to sit on.. ALFREDO How's school? SALVATORE OK. her husband. He is watching the film through the hole story doesn't absorb him. And I'll never forget it. ANNA (to SALVATORE) Toto. more important. and the idea of darkness frightens him. grayer. He smiles: ALFREDO Any room for me in this Cinema Paradiso? (SALVATORE runs over and embraces him. the Cinema Paradiso needs you. (As ALFREDO moves his hand from SALVATORE's face.) That's right. but not his spirit. the him nervous. But now that I've got a job. SALVATORE studies the way he stares into empty space.. who saved my life. A cabin: ANNA'S VOICE Toto?.. For the moment. more important things. But it won't last.

You remember that old abandoned movie house where they're supposed to build those low-rent houses? SPACCAFICO So what's that got to do with it? SALVATORE The projector's all rusty. SALVATORE Don Ciccio.. expects one of his fiendish tricks. You want proof? And he gives a joking smile.Catene for only two days in a place like this! Why. In front of the movie house. In the café. ALFREDO can 'feel' he is troubled.. What do I care if all the copies are reserved?. flabbergasted. people will eat me alive!. if my name's Spaccafico!! Cut to: SPACCAFICO AND SALVATORE are now outside the café. SALVATORE is turning something over in his mind... several curious ONLOOKERS laugh as through the café window they watch some unemployed PEASANT MEN dancing together at the club. in Rome!! I'll give you guys a good run-around!! If I get my dander up.) And don't put on that look.. Give the place a good cleaning.. 41 CAFE IN THE SQUARE. the CHARWOMAN is at work. I know. SPACCAFICO Only two days? Are you joking?!. I want proof. Go see. He looks through the hole.) . at this moment the film's out of focus. then shrieks as if he were about to eat the phone. put file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. Toto. He is clearly peeved. SPACCAFICO listens nervously. ALFREDO For example. (Standing beside him listening is SALVATORE. and indeed the film is out of focus... SPACCAFICO is so nervous he lights two cigarettes without noticing it. I can let fly. He is carrying school books under his ann. SALVATORE (Smiling) Yes. But even if I start showing at eight in the morning it wouldn't be enough! This is a big town now and you people at the Titanus know it perfectly well! I'm your sole agent and if I get pissed off I'll write straight to Lombardo. I haven't gone off my head yet. INT/EXT.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . SALVATORE stands up in disbelief.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore understand his strange words. MORNING As the BILL-POSTER attaches to the café door a poster of Catene . He puts it back into focus..CICCIO SPACCAFICO is speaking on the phone in the phone booth.I know.the coming attraction at the Cinema Paradiso ... ALFREDO (Smiling) It's hard to explain.. head towards the square. but I could fix it in two or three days. SALVATORE is curious. I've got an idea.

Until he disappears into the distance. Here too people are lined up in front of the posters of Catene. The bicycle pulls up in front of him. Even the BLACKSMITH is awake. DAY The house is jammed with people. Almost bursting at the seams. DON VINCENZO the landowner. The lights go on. indeed whispers ahead of time all the lines of Nazzari and Yvonne Sanson. to take the first part to SALVATORE. through which the bare projection booth can be seen. SPACCAFICO yells in excitement. 'THE END' appears on screen. And even faster in dropping it into the sack BOCCIA is holding open for him.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . He too is holding a sack. The CARABINIERES help the USHER maintain order and persuade the people who want to see the film again to get up and leave. USHER (Exasperate]) That's enough now! You've seen it ten times! I need the seats! I wish you'd all get the galloping runs! CARABINIERES Easy! Easy! Through the emergency exits. and hands the sack to a MAN standing in the door. Among the crowd in the balcony there is ALFREDO and his wife. containing the first part of the film. and the projector which SALVATORE has put back into working order. Now the music is loud. knows them by heart. EXT. INT. EXT. the schoolteachers. The sacks are exchanged. Get moving! BOCCIA heads back to the Cinema Paradiso. beyond the trees. CICCIO SPACCAFICO is waiting impatiently on an outside staircase. heartrending. Toto! 44 VILLAGE STREETS AND COUNTRYSIDE.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore in some seats and bring in a projectionist and we'll show Catene in two houses. He smiles. SPACCAFICO file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. SPACCAFICO dashes up the stairs. SPACCAFICO (Shrieking) What the fuck you talking about? You getting into the act too. Tears stream down the faces of the men and women. the MAYOR. Meanwhile I'll start showing the news! BOCCIA OK. The children are unusually silent. And there is a great din and uproar as one audience leaves and another arrives. Toto? Titanus has trouble giving me even one copy and I have to say thanks! If I ask for two. SALVATORE Who says we need two copies? 42 CINEMA PARADISO. DAY BOCCIA speeds like an arrow on his bicycle through the village streets. which has been more or less spruced up. He pedals as fast as he can. DAY BOCCIA finally reaches the old movie house. SPACCAFICO Quick! Give it to me! Here's the first part. the least they'll do is cut off my head and play ball with it! A shrewd look glitters in SALVATORE s eyes. Tied to the parcel-rack is the sack containing the second part of Catene. INT. PROJECTION BOOTH. SALVATORE Now get running and bring me the first reel. Quarrels. He now turns off the main street and takes a short-cut down a country road. quick! Stop the jabbering!! 43 CINEMA PARADISO. The race for empty seats. The end of the film slips through the sprockets. SALVATORE switches off the motor. 45 ENTRANCE OLD ABANDONED MOVIE HOUSE. The last scenes of Catene move across the screen. He is particularly fast in taking the reel out of the housing.

EXT. Shouting. EVENING Here too the audience is up in arms.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] .. They've been waiting more than a half hour. give Bronx cheers. And daylight starts fading into the colours of sundown. The words 'PART TWO' appear on screen and then the images of the film. INT. A CARABINIERE peers in through one of the holes. EVENING In the booth. EVENING The lights are still on. AUDIENCE Hey. INT. SPACCAFICO Where's the fucking bastard got to? SPECTATOR Let's get one thing straight. Don Ciccio! I'm waiting ten minutes more. INT. the crowd stirs nervously. then stops. when's it starting!! We've got ploughing to do in the morning!! Toto.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore Here you are! Quick. SALVATORE What can I do? 50 OLD ABANDONED MOVIE HOUSE.. INT/EXT. Now BOCCIA is on his way back to the old movie house. With the same sack tied to the parcel-rack. you're giving me my money back!! AUDIENCE (In chorus) Well said! Well said! We want our money back!! SPACCAFICO Easy! Easy! What about my showing you the first part again? Huh? People shout. In the thick blanket of smoke.. The last fading light of sundown. the audience is grumbling. get a move on!! Heeey!! 49 PROJECTION BOOTH. CICCIO SPACCAFICO tears his hair with rage. 47 VARIOUS COUNTRY ROADS AND VILLAGE STREETS. On his last legs. The lights go down. He slows down.-BOCCIA is pedalling once more back to the old movie house. To carry out another exchange of sacks containing the reels of film. But not a sign of BOCCIA. whistle. Another race back to Cinema Paradiso.at the square. Whistling.. They're waiting for Part Two tostart. his breath is short. FADE. SALVATORE looks nervously out of the window. Toto? The whole place here is up in arms. and if you haven't started.. The grumbling subsides. the projector is turned off. BOCCIA starts looking tired. CARABINIERE What are we going to do. DAY/SUNDOWN Meanwhile BOCCIA pedals his way swiftly through the countryside on his way to the Cinema Paradiso. quick!! People are waiting! 46 OLD ABANDONED MOVIE HOUSE. FADE.. file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. He is exhausted. Everyone is wrapped in overcoats and woollen scarves and are sitting on chairs they've brought from home and wooden benches. 48 CINEMA PARADISO. DAY In fact. FADE. inside the old freezing cold movie house. The hum of the projector is heard at last.

All of a sudden he seems to hear something. He stops. The shots echo through the theatre. Takes a closer look around. SALVATORE has never seen people making love before and is speechless. A scene from a horror film. By now it is dark. my foot! We want to see how the story ends!! Down in the front row. A LITTLE BOY file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. The frightened faces of the audience. DAY/EVENING Music and the naked body of Brigitte Bardot. SALVATORE picks up the sack and walks away. all excited.) Damn you. He pedals fast. And the moaning gets louder.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . the door of the men's toilet opens and a MAN with a contented look comes out. Off in one corner. He moves with all the fury of his young years. what's wrong? (He runs over to help his friend. That's where the moan is coming from! He creeps over in alarm. the man who sells black market cigarettes. a prostitute. He sees a MAN in the window of a farmhouse. A regular rhythmic tremor runs through them. what are you doing? BOCCIA (Shouting) Oh. calls out to him. followed by TERESA. Catches sight of a bicycle wheel on the ground behind a bush. AUDIENCE Nooo! No! Shut up. PASQUALE. Shoo! With a confused look on his face. Christ. A gangster film. A row of youngsters on the main floor stare at the naked actress. PASQUALE I've seen the whole works! You want me to tell you how it ends? A shoe comes flying at him. SALVATORE Boccia! Boccia! SALVATORE rides on. Rounds of machine-gunfire in the night. as SALVATORE pedals off like a madman and disappears into the trees. it's so good!!! (And he goes on ramming it home. Behind the bush he discovers BOCCIA humped up between the legs of TERESA. cut it out! Go away. Now he's in the open country. A gun battle. Next to the bicycle he now catches sight of the sack with the film. BOCCIA lets out a shriek of pleasure that rings through the countryside. SALVATORE (Alarmed) Boccia. The tense faces of the audience. EXT. half-hidden by the back of the seats. Looks around not a sign of Boccia. INT. you jerk!! 5I VILLAGE STREETS AND COUNTRY ROADS.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore AUDIENCE No! First part. In the projection booth. turns into the country short cut. He turns on the flashlight he has brought along. who motions another one to come in. looking over his shoulder at the couple who go on tossing around more and more frantically.) TERESA Hey. Pricks up his ears. stands up. It's a sort of moan . EVENING SALVATORE has got himself a bicycle and is going off to look for BOCCIA.he can't figure out if it's an animal or a man. 52 CINEMA PARADISO. SALVATORE is eating the meal his mother has brought him.

. The only empty seat in the theatre is the one where DON VINCENZO was killed..htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . clutched in a hardened hand.. But she has a baby in her arms they have got married. A blow. DAY The blade of a knife. But this time the main floor takes its revenge and a blob of shit hits him square in the face...The shooting continues up on screen. and the puzzled expression of ALFREDO.. the prostitute who has already been seen.. Off-screen...) Ah!!! There. INT. All the other seats are taken. has learned the lesson. Light filters in through the open windows up above. that's right! Keep going.. (Laughing) . who slumps down in his seat without anybody noticing. now you're a real man! A man! ? A real calf! (SALVATORE's panting slackens into a deep sigh of pleasure. it's not painful.That's a new one for you! Who tells you this crap. the empty aisles... As well as the faces of the MEN who now bleed and skin it quickly.. SALVATORE'S VOICE (Off-screen) Is it true that if I bleed I've got to squeeze lemon juice on it? TERESA'S VOICE (Off-screen) (A loud laugh) Lemon juice?. TERESA .. A flower has been tied to it with string. Alternating with the machine-gunfire on screen..You see... MORNING In the morning the theatre is empty. In the balcony. (SALVATORE is quicker. TERESA goads him on. SALVATORE'S hand holds a lighted match under a piece of film. have set up a family.. a real pistol shoots the back of one of the spectators. illuminates the posters of coming attractions and the yellowish screen.That's right. SALVATORE is making love for the first time in his life. He is awkward and clumsy. before the horrified eyes of SPACCAFICO and the USHER. the landowner DON VINCENZO. discovers SALVATORE on the floor between the seats with TERESA.That's right.SALVATORE photographs the animal in the throes of death with his 8mm movie camera.. There is an uncertain look in his eyes. his livid face is dripping with sweat. 53 CINEMA PARADISO.relax.. SALVATORE What'd I tell you? It doesn't catch fire! ALFREDO Progress! It always arrives too late! A scene from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. In the vast slaughter-house.. file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. They are watching a different film.Take it easy. INT/EXT. Fade to: ROSA and ANGELO are sitting next to each other.There you are! That's right.. A calf falls like a dead weight to the ground. A cry of pain.....Don't be scared. the voices of the men and animals mingle together.) 54 VARIOUS SETTINGS. TERESA'S VOICE (Off-screen) Come on..Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore claps his hands over his ears.. All the doors are shut. the MAN with the face of a public notary spits down below with a contented look. a woman's voice and a boy's voice are heard. is it? Slow pan along the walls of the theatre.

as if trying to figure out where he is aiming that funny-looking gadget. a simple. He picks up his step. EXT. He pounces on him and lets go with his fist. pans along the cars. Picks the bundle off the ground. blue eyes.. The train stops. He starts running again. including BOCCIA. entranced. a group of commuting STUDENTS.. the TICKET-COLLECTOR. It's a chance not to be missed. She is certainly the daughter of the distinguished looking COUPLE who got off just before she did. trips BOCCIA and brings him to the ground. SALVATORE is with a group of schoolmates. At school: the old SCHOOLMISTRESS sitting at her desk.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore SALVATORE'S eye is quick to catch the most unexpected expressions of ordinary people. on the other side of the gate. SALVATORE gives an angry gesture. ENTRANCE. must be around sixteen. SALVATORE pans his camera on to TWO MEN fighting. COURTYARD. Salvatore follows the train. as a tear runs down her pale. He follows her through the lens. -A door opens and the passengers climb out. Nicelooking. Loaded. SALVATORE You know that one there? BOCCIA She's new. swift as arrows. At the railroad station: the nervous excitement of the people waiting on the platforms. SALVATORE is immediately attracted by her face. Salvatore follows the girl's movements. unhappy face. and the unknowing STUDENTS carry out their assignments. She takes the bundle as SALVATORE touches her hand delicately. her eyes staring off into empty space. wide-eyed. (SALVATORE has the look of somebody seeking for an idea. I hadn't noticed. 55 HIGH SCHOOL. is already in the lead.And yours? file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. They fly off.. Not bad though. (Laughs. She has her books under her arm and is walking by herself. thanks. sweet face. A flash come into his eyes. He goes on shooting without leaving it a moment. Now he is shooting. a distinguished looking COUPLE and lastly.. Now she passes by him. as if hypnotized. like a hunter's rifle. But an arriving train comes in between. you dropped this. And they all stare. a CARABINTERE. SALVATORE My name's Salvatore.. a GIRL who stops in the middle of the viewfinder. SALVATORE Look. And he hands her her lunch with a smile. In the courtyard. A meeting in the square: the passionate reactions of the peasants listening to a speaker who flails his arms around. Several TRADERS. at the GIRL from the station. luxury and easy living! FIRST STUDENT People who jerk off with a shirt so they won't get their hands dirty. turns towards him for one moment. SALVATORE smiles at her. nervous and inexperienced. Catches up with the GIRL from the station. the same flash he had as a little boy when he finds the right way to hit home. His movie camera is always ready.) All at once.. The little family moves off down the platform. ELENA Oh. She recognizes him. BOCCIA and SALVATORE notice that the GIRL drops her lunch without noticing as she is about to enter the school.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . the STUDENTS prepare to enter.) SECOND STUDENT Her father s the new bank director. but polite. sunk in God knows what dreams. MORNING The JANITOR is ringing the bell. some way of picking up a conversation with her. BOCCIA is the quicker. She is very beautiful.

BOCCIA suddenly grabs him by the collar and yanks him away. It's all out of focus. as if SALVATORE'S description transmitted the real image to him.. how are these home movies going? (SALVATORE has switched on the little projector and a square of light appears on the wall beside ALFREDO. ALFREDO I've shown it so many times I know it by heart. He feels as if all his blood were throbbing in his head. was the Sunday my first wife died. the colours. with the scenes shot in town..Tell me the file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. ALFREDO is sitting in one corner. like a lake. Toto? SALVATORE That's right. as he gazes at those blue eyes looking into the camera.. in 1940. He has come to keep him company.INT.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] .PROJECTION BOOTH. but the words catch in his throat. There's blood all over the floor. ALFREDO Now what can you see? SALVATORE Nothing. He tries to say something else. SALVATORE does not move. I only found out that night..The other time at the station. Toto. SALVATORE is very flustered. The railway station has appeared on the wall. (Changing his tone. SALVATORE I. 56:CINEMA PARADISO. They kept it hidden from me all day so they wouldn't have to close down the movie house. He is setting up a little 8mm projector on a stool.) SALVATORE Yes. ELENA is frightened.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore ELENA (Smiling) Elena.) ALFREDO (Whispering) What is it. Modern Times. ALFREDO is concentrated. Those are things you never forget...) So. The first time I showed it. swollen shut.. ALFREDO (Smiling) Is there a woman?. And through this lake another calf passes by on its way to die. there's nothing. My name's Elena. after the last show. what is it? What's the picture? SALVATORE It's people in the slaughter-house killing a calf..I. does not say a word.AFTERNOON SALVATORE has a black eye. (The shots of the slaughter-house have appeared. puts her hand over her eyes so as not to see. and the sequence of ELENA. He listens to the sound-track of the movie being shown. ALFREDO Chaplin's Modern Times! Right. ALFREDO senses something funny in the boy's s11ence. the forms.

) Eh. And as other shots of ELENA appear on the screen. ALFREDO smiles.. Because love is a meaningless thing when a man gets it into his head to do what he wants.. with long hair. SALVATORE describes her. SALVATORE is forced to admit it. because he knows he's up a one-way street. He has obviously caught on and whispers:) There is a woman.... (SALVATORE is comforted by the way he talks. but really tiny. by the desire to talk about her..She makes you feel. Only now does he realize that he has let himself be carried away by passion. He stops. almost of liberation. ALFREDO'S sympathy does him a lot of good. As only somebody in love could.. Toto.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . She had big blue eyes. brunette.The ones with blue eyes are the most beautiful. A tender look filters through ALFREDO's dark glasses. there's nothing to be done about it! The heavier a man is...Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore truth.what a mystery! (SALVATORE turns off the projector and heaves a deep sigh.. Whatever you do. sweet way of speaking.. file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore.) SALVATORE What you say is wonderful! But sad. uncertain.. John Wayne said it in Shepherd of the Hills. a simple expression and a little beauty mark on her lip. He moves over closer to him. you can't make friends with them... with a sigh.. by his intense. ALFREDO sighs. the deeper his footprints.. SALVATORE She's nice. doesn't know whet to say. ALFREDO Eh! Love... It's nice to be understood. whispers:) I understand you. he suffers. ALFREDO (Smiling) They're not my words. ALFREDO runs his hand through his hair. (SALVATORE is shamed.Slender. (SALVATORE is touched by his sensitivity. And when she smiles. SALVATORE Yes. He didn't think it was possible to put into words the things he has felt since meeting ELENA. He nods his head. spellbound. ALFREDO What's she like? What's she like?. And if he's in love. it's a girl I saw at the station.. My age. You can only see it close-up.. passionate.

SALVATORE doesn't stop to think twice. He does his best to overcome his confusion. regret at not having made the best of the opportunity.DAY A grey.INT.. He lies across his bed gazing at her image. Elena! ELENA Hi. ELENA laughs. but all that comes out is:) Nice day.) 57:CINEMAPARADISOANDVARIOUSSTREETS. really file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. I don't look like Marlon Brando. SALVATORE Hi. His knees tremble. nice day. SALVATORE Stinking two-timer!! (And they burst out laughing. And SALVATORE also turns to leave.. He talks to himself. (SALVATORE laughs too.. And finally catches up with her. (ELENA walks away. amused by the blunder.) ELENA Yes. SALVATORE Bye-bye. SALVATORE is about to enter through the small door of the spiral staircase.DAY SALVATORE projects images of ELENA on his wall.. but I'm going to become the leading man in your life.. all out of breath. turns the corner. Why are you running? SALVATORE No particular reason. when in the distance he catches sight of. but has lost sight of her.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore SALVATORE suddenly changes expression. dashes off. another square. windy day.) .. practically speechless with emotion.EXT. as if discovering he was being made fun of. But now he can't get them out. Sure... SALVATORE You probably don't believe me. He wants to tell her all sorts of things. Bye-bye. (He is entranced by her eyes. He looks around in all directions there she is! He starts running again.I've got to go now. ELENA crossing a street with her books under her arm. She turns to leave. say all the words he has memorized a thousand times. Elena.What an idiot! What an idiot! 'Nice day'! Christ!! 58:SALVATORE'S BEDROOM. Only now is he seized by disappointment. huh? (A gust of wind envelops them in a cloud of dust and a clap of thunder rends the air. runs through streets full of dust. but look at me. He gazes at her long hair tossed by the wind. It is opening-time and the shutters of the movie house are being rolled up.) .htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . She is alone.

but happy at having succeeded. I feel shy.INT. Elena. don't get me wrong. Am I really so ugly? So should I try once more? Maybe It'll succeed. you filthy pig! SALVATORE feels like dropping through the floor.. maybe there's a file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. can I speak to Elena.. I know that every time we see each other I make a fool of myself. I know.) SALVATORE Is that you. I swear. ELENA'S MOTHER I'm Elena's mother. SALVATORE finally speaks. to apologize. Because I love you very much. but I'm not like that. SALVATORE I'm sorry. turns sweeter. But please. I didn't recognize your voice. a WOMAN who is visibly in a state is speaking on the phone. It's just that when I see you. but the flood of insults overwhelms him. SALVATORE Hello. 59:PHONEB00TH AND ELENA'S HOUSE.. SALVATORE Oh.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . without hesitating. it's not good on the phone. SALVATORE Listen. please? WOMANS VOICE Yes.. Elena? WOMAN'S VOICE Yes. more personal. who's speaking? At ELENA'S house. (SALVATORE recognizes ELENA's voice.. He continues. Yes. He's dripping with sweat. you're the last thing I think of when I go to sleep and the first when I wake up in the morning. says everything all in one breath.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore look at me. The telephone will certainly help him feel less nervous. Signora. He is left with his face against the wall in the white light from the projector.. I'm calling the police! SALVATORE (Stunned) But excuse me. changes his tone. in order to leave no room for shyness. I'm sorry. And at night I always dream of you. remember? WOMAN'SVOICE Yes. her image disappears. What do you say? ELENA seems to be saying. tries to get a word in to explain. I don't have the courage to say that all I do is think about you..DAY SALVATORE is in a phone booth. without stopping.. the right words don't come to me. WOMAN'SVOICE (Interrupting him) If you don't stop phoning her. As SALVATORE kisses ELENA.) That's right. (He has finally got it out. This is Salvatore.

SALVATORE (Laughing) You see. Toto! I'm going to tell you a story. but if I had created the world.. ALFREDO I want to make you happy. towards the church. 60:ALFREDO'S HOUSE. defeated.) ALFREDO Heeey! Totooooo! Don't get pissed off with me now! Come here! I don't know where the fuck I have to go. the blue-eyed ones are the most difficult. With feelings. and his way of speaking is file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. They sit in a doorway. He's so mad he starts slapping himself. He moves away from him a few steps. Toto.) And the next time be careful how you talk. ALFREDO stands there motionless in the middle of the road. leaning on SALVATORE's shoulder.I. This time ALFREDO'S words do not quiet his frenzy. It's the signal for taking a rest. but his voice is determined. in all modesty. (A MAN on a bicycle almost collides with ALFREDO. Don't even try. Never! SALVATORE has no choice but to hang up. who gives a startled jump.EXT.. SALVATORE gives an angry gesture. You always have an answer for everything.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore misunderstanding. WOMAN'S VOICE And don't call my daughter any more. ALFREDO has calmed down. SALVATORE has finished recounting his misadventure. They go off down the street. SALVATORE But why? There must be some way to make her understand! ALFREDO Don't think about it.AFTERNOON Good Friday. panicstricken. But unfortunately such was not the case. goes over to him listlessly. disappointed. SALVATORE fumes. Not to take credit away from the Lord. ALFREDO comes out of his house.. ALFREDO I told you. SALVATORE Stop it! I've had enough of your sermons! You act as if you created the world! (A bicycle streaks by ALFREDO. ALFREDO puts his hand back on his shoulder and they start walking again. (And he squeezes SALVATORE'S shoulder..htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . He raises his voice. don't help him. it s like I say. there's nothing to understand. ALFREDO starts telling his story. as if it were about to run into him. certain things would have come out better.

hidden. I have a very serious doubt that is torturing my soul.. but he never budged. it's as if his thoughts and his words came in from some other dimension. Says something in a low voice. Toto. PRIEST What is it. SALVATORE is so happy that he gives him a pat on the cheek. that ending has made a deep impression. of all times! ALFREDO (In a grave voice) Father Adelfio.. the soldier got up.) Once upon a time a king gave a feast and there were all the most beautiful princesses of the realm. Basta. mysterious. MEN and WOMEN stand in line to kiss Christ's wounds.' Christ. And file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. The PRIEST tries to say he can't now..And on the ninety-ninth night. SALVATORE helps ALFREDO take a seat.One day he managed to meet her and told her he couldn't live without her. right at the end? And don't ask me what it means.. like a caress..Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore hypnotic.Every night she looked out of her window. picked up his chair and left! SALVATORE No! You mean right at the end? (SALVATORE is amazed.. Many people are sitting between the pews. If you figure it out. twenty.EVENING Before the high altar.) ALFREDO That's right. ALFREDO nods his head. The PRIEST goes over to ALFREDO.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . points to the pew where ALFREDO is sitting. snow. Alfredo? Right now. never budged! The birds shat on him and the bees ate him alive! After ninety nights he was gaunt and pale and tears streamed from his eyes but he couldn't hold them back.. They start walking again. He leans over and whispers something into ALFREDO's ear. SALVATORE I'll be damned' 6I:CHURCH. then in the end I'll be yours. The princess kept watch. But what could a poor soldier do compared with a king's daughter?!.. With those eyes lost in empty space.INT.. one of the guards.. leans over. She kneels down on one side. He has had a brainstorm. and at that moment catches sight at the far end of ELENA on her way to the confessional. let me know. wind. the Virgin Mary in tears clutches three spikes inher hand. saw the king's daughter: she was the loveliest of all! And he immediately fell in love with her. Come rain. but SALVATORE insists. He didn't even have the strength to sleep any more. dumbfounded. SALVATORE'S eyes light up. two days. the soldier ran off there and waited! One day. ten. And beside her is another statue Christ descended from the cross. Then he hurries over to the PRIEST. The princess was so struck by the depth of his feeling that she said to the soldier 'If you will wait a hundred days and a hundred nights beneath my balcony. magical. just as FATHER ADELFIO comes out of the middle booth and goes to the altar to say something to the sacristan. gesticulates with some agitation. and wins.

On the other side of grille.. But I had to talk to you. only a few inches away. It was stupid of me. ELENA gazes through the grille at the two shining specks of his eyes. SALVATORE (In a low voice) We'll talk about that later. SALVATORE watches from a distance. ELENA is there. The PRIEST is appalled... crosses himself..That's what I wanted to tell you.you give me the shivers. My mother told my father. He shuts the little door below and draws the purple curtain. kneeling down waiting for the PRIEST to arrive..htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . those eyes that keep him awake all night.. When I meet you. He sees the PRIEST put on an alarmed expression and then sit down beside ALFREDO. ELENA (Surprised) But. Everything's ready.who. what you're saying is horrifying! ALFREDO I know.. keeps an eye on ALFREDO and the PRIEST through a crack in the curtain.. I'm Salvatore.. He creeps over to the confessional. on tenterhooks.. In an instant. I can't put two words together because. SALVATORE pops inside the confessional. SALVATORE Forgive me.. PRIEST But Alfredo. And how could you have mistaken my voice?! SALVATORE is mortified. allows him to see without being seen... I have sinned. SALVATORE You're so beautiful. This time SALVATORE finds the courage to speak to her calmly. what you're supposed to say. ELENA'S eyes pop in amazement. In the confessional.How is it possible for. with determination. It's the first time. ELENA (Annoyed) There was a terrible rumpus at home. for example! I think about it a lot. She looks up at him and her eyes are even more beautiful in the candlelight. Be quiet. an OLD WOMAN kneels down on the other side of the confessional and her face appears behind the grille. At that moment.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore you've got to help me. ELENA What are you doing here? Meanwhile ALFREDO and the PRIEST continue their unusual and animated discussion. ELENA Father... pretend everything's normal. the whispered conversation between SALVATORE and ELENA continues. She is bewildered by that flood of passion. Elena. I don't know what you do in these situations. But I think I'm in love with you. That grille probably helps him. SALVATORE (Interrupting her) Sssssh. OLD WOMAN file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. because I've lost all peace of mind. without anyone noticing. But take the-miracle of the loaves and fishes. Elena..

He sits there gazing into her eyes. I'll understand.. the Son and the Holy Ghost. I'll come and wait beneath your window. instinctively..Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore Father.) SALVATORE I absolve you in the name of the Father. at the beauty mark on her lip. For SALVATORE. you're even more beautiful.. NIGHT Sweet poignant music accompanies SALVATORE's long waits beneath the window of ELENA'S room. it's as if a knife had plunged straight into his heart. And he turns back to her. God knows what they're saying. EXT. I like you. father. Every night. it's awfully sweet of you. Now everything's clear. The shutters are open. without moving. ELENA peers at him through a dark crack. I'll wait.. But. but also intrigued. And even though I don't know you. The window is shut. He waits. but not the windows with the curtains. You survived the fire at the movie house. SALVATORE is beneath her window.. The last spectators wander off into the streets.. but tender look.) When you laugh. Determined..htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . Then through the crack sees ALFREDO and the PRIEST conversing nervously. (And he slams the panel shut in her face. Listen carefully. ELENA For what? SALVATORE For you to fall in love with me too. PRIEST (Exhausted) You understand now? You see it clearly? ALFREDO (Hypocritically) Oh yes. open your window. A warm early summer night. A dog keeps him company. ELENA Salvatore. When you change your mind. SALVATORE is back there again.. SALVATORE I don't care.... She is upset by those exaggerated words. I have sinned. But no one can save you from the fire of Hell! 62:SQUARE AND ELENA'S HOUSE. He smiles at her. taking shelter under an overhanging roof. The PRIEST has meanwhile solved the problem that ALFREDO has made up as an excuse. The VILLAGE IDIOT makes his rounds of the square. She pulls herself together again and puts on a serious. when I get off work. Go in peace. Fade to: file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. (SALVATORE turns lo her. my daughter. Fade to: A rainy night. Every night.I'm not in love with you. headstrong. ELENA is barely able to control her laughter. PRIEST And the next time don't go around saying such heresy.. That's all.

She glances at the door. But further on. hoping to see SALVATORE appear. fills the air. that window remains dark and shut.. MARIA is there with her daughter. Several months have gone by. Old discarded objects hail down from balconies. SALVATORE listens to it. three. her presentiment. maybe even hers. The night when she'll open her window.. It is midnight. MARIA is unable to conceal her concern. SALVATORE is the only one missing for the "family" to be complete. as usual. (To all) Let's toast! file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. Firecrackers explode here and there. but he can't see her... zero! Happy New Year! Happy New Year! And a roar of voices. SALVATORE has remained standing there immobile. Maybe it's the specialness of that night. maybe it's the fire crackers.. A check a day. SALVATORE's eyes are the eyes of a lovesick man prepared to face the hardest battles.. two. INT.EXT.. on 30 December. and his heart starts pounding like a drum.. He opens them again and sees. He tries to put her mind at rest. MARIA (Nervously) But why hasn't Toto shown up? The movie house is closed at this hour! ALFREDO has a know-all look. SALVATORE is there in the same old place. then ALFREDO with his wife. There is a strange.. just to win. 65 SALVATORE S HOUSE. five. The shutters are open. She peeks at him through the crack. ALFREDO He had to do something for me. Over the radio. coming from ELENA's house. ANNA. like a gleam of hope. sees the shadows of her parents and relatives. welcome in the New Year.The hands reach out and take hold of the shutters and pull them shut. a light suddenly goes on in the room. have already taken on the hue of victory. but not the windows. four. ready to celebrate. In fact. There is a new look in his eyes. ALFREDO (To Maria) There's nothing to worry about. to hold back the flood of feeling. and all is darkness inside. Tomorrow night will be. Wind. music and merrymaking 64:ELENA'S HOUSE. LIA. but something tells him that's going to be the right night. The light goes out. glasses are about to be raised. Defeated. GIANCALDO. Two hands come out. Fade to: Another night..htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . SALVATORE is wrapped in a large overcoat and stamps his feet to keep warm.NIGHT More sounds of merrymaking... The window is still shut. NIGHT Toasts are being prepared in SALVATORE's house. The streets are empty.. Fade to: The paces of the calendar are covered with checks. SALVATORE gazes at it again. explosions.New Year's Eve. Disappointed. 63:SALVATORES HOUSE. just to conquer his loved one. He's probably with his friends.. GIANCALDO. speechless. The window is pulled open. The music reaches its climax. An echoing voice does the countdown.. one. INT. SALVATORE adds a check on the last page. SALVATORE shuts his eyes for a moment. Loud merry voices can be heard coming from the houses. SALVATORE'S eyes sparkle. The radio is on with the New Year's Eve programme. tense merriment. NIGHT At his house. shouts. The bottle of spumante and the Christmas cake are ready. RADIO VOICE Six.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore SALVATORE'S hand adds another check to an endless row of checks on the calendar. the festive atmosphere.

. most vivid moments SALVATORE and ELENA spend together: A country outing. A kiss at first timid. All he hears is her breathing.. cling to each other never to leave each other again. here's to you!! Happy New Year! ! Everybody echoes MARIA'S toast. almost clumsy. an he feels is the warmth of her skin.. If they don't arrest you first!! SALVATORE That's nothing to do with it. For SALVATORE it is an overwhelming.. SALVATORE is alone. He is tearing up the calendar where he checked off the nights he spent waiting for ELENA. The look on her face is wonderfully sweet. poignant.. A cake with seventeen lighted candles. almost unbearable moment. humiliated. SALVATORE turns and sees her as if in a dream. rejected. the look of somebody who knows she is madly loved and who now realizes at last that she is in love too. having the time of her life. In the projection booth.And it is their first kiss.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] .Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore EVERYBODY (Toasting) Here's to you! Here's to you! Happy New Year! MARIA For Toto too. They eat a lavish salad using the flat branches of the prickly pear for plates. And then a kiss.. For the first time he feels he hates the profession he's got into. Another intense look. the projector turns uselessly.But SALVATORE hears nothing. The car jolts. 67 CINEMA PARADISO. Meanwhile the film has finished. She comes up behind him. A chase through an endless field of wheat. 66 ELENA S HOUSE. NIGHT But SALVATORE is not happy in these first few minutes of the New Year. Loud passionate music is heard on the monitor. The pounding of the rain and the rumbling of the thunder drown out the sound-track of the film being shown. 69 ROAD AT THE EDGE OF TOWN. EXT. as if trying to wipe out the traces of his grief. They are happy. She fondles him. AFTERNOON Outside there is a violent thunderstorm..EXT. INT/EXT. They spin around.A long passionate embrace that is never-ending. and then becomes resolute. That was his last night.. It is a sudden blow to the heart. ELENA Salvatore. Amidst the film strips dangling around and touching their young faces. The thunder is deafening. That someone is ELENA. He tears it into a thousand pieces. ELENA sits beside him. and besides SALVATORE is not such a hot driver. the audience whistles. ELENA (Ironically) You have a great future as a driver. DAY The happiest. end up against the wall where strips of film are hanging.Down below the screen is blank. 68 VARIOUS SETTINGS. it's file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore.. DAY SALVATORE is driving an old beaten-up Balilla he bought from a car-wrecker. He walks off amidst the old discarded objects flying down from the terraces. He is so absorbed in his thoughts that he doesn't notice that someone has appeared at the top of the stairs and quietly entered the room. PROJECTION BOOTH. hesitant. jarred by the holes in the road. INT. And now stands there watching him in silence. realizes he is thinking about her. their eyes locked. Two buckets are on the floor to catch the water dripping through the roof... He feels hurt. moves by fits and starts. They roar with laughter. Whispers.. He's not showing up beneath that balcony any more. SALVATORE and ELENA blow them out together. neither the whistles nor the useless whirring of the reels in the projector. the first-part endings and the trailers.

And the Balilla stops dead in its tracks. as if to say he wants to speak to her and that she should figure out some way! ELENA leans over to her MOTHER.. He got himself a good thrashing.. ALFREDO is sitting beside him. He gives her a nod... SALVATORE Hello. INT. whispers something into her ear. 7I CINEMA PARADISO. It is a machine that makes it possible to project television show on the screen.But I don't like this business. and then some. Dr Mendola. The DRIVER slows down. The house is jammed. A sharp report. SALVATORE and ELENA flag it down. gazing at Mike Bongiorno emceeing the TV show in the distance. who thanks him. a wagon. And if you buy a television set. EVENING SALVATORE has a bruise on his cheek and two Band-aids on his face. are you pulling my leg or something? How is it possible to see this television without film? SALVATORE Just so. He has barely finished the last sentence when the car gives a sudden violent shudder.. looking bored. They embrace.Hem. The back door opens. in this day and age. 70 CINEMA PARADISO. She sneaks a look at SALVATORE. But what they're seeing is not a film. who tries lo be polite. Alfredo. a MAN gets out. heading for town.. ELENA is sitting in one corner of the balcony with her parents. without any fuss. From the looks on their faces.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . as on the great occasions. SPACCAFICO. EVENING ELENA's MOTHER stands waiting in front of the women's toilet.. He has almost reached SALVATORE. as they have already been waiting a long time for someone to go by. An alarmed and startled look comes over ELENA's face that man is her FATHER. Dr Mendola? But without the bank loan how could I have bought the machine? If we don't get organized around here.. so as not to see. you can watch it at home. a car.. we'll meet the same end as the Punch and Judy shows! ELENA is not very interested in the TV show. When all at once a car comes around the bend. to make the best of the situation. SALVATORE is standing by a teleprojector which has been set up in the central aisle of the balcony. There isn't any. A cloud of white smoke issues from the motor. Curiosity is written all over the faces of the audience. it is clear that things are not going very well.. INT. but an instalment of Double or Nothing. It smells fishy to me. ALFREDO (Sceptically) Could be. Sitting beside her FATHER is the owner of the movie house. SPACCAFICO (In a low voice) You see what a bright idea. ELENA buries her face in her hands. ELENA SO now how do we get home? Cut to: The two of them are standing beside the empty road.. file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. TOILET. She sees him stride over in a rage.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore the car that's still being run in. ELENA and SALVATORE cannot smother their wild laughter. ALFREDO (In a low voice) Toto..

A cart carrying a cheerful and noisy family pulls up alongside the wagon.. ELENA is standing on the toilet seat whispering to SALVATORE. Summer has come. PROJECTION BOOTH. SLAUGHTER-HOUSE MAN Well. The horse moves off slowly and the monotonous clatter of its hoofs reminds SALVATORE that the summer is going to be long this year... ELENA is worried. ELENA'S MOTHER (Off-screen) Elena! ELENA All right! ! (To Salvatore. The USHER has hung a sign on the Cinema Paradiso to the effect that 'Showings to continue at the Imperia Arena'. EXT. IMPERIA ARENA. De Mille! Hey. And he leans on the projector that totters and lurches from the jolting of the wheels. The summer'll be over and I'll be back. in a whisper) For the moment it's impossible to see each other.Maybe if you came up. look who's here!! Cecil B.. What will I do all this time without seeing you?! ELENA I'll write to you every day. Who knows when they'll be able to see each other again? ELENA'S MOTHER (Off-screen) Elena! ELENA climbs down. A bevy of barefoot children chase after the carts carrying the carters' families to the beach to go swimming. SALVATORE sighs. The carts and horses are scattered in the sand. EXT. so as not to see their leers. Their eyes are barely able to peek over the flush tank which they have uncovered. we could meet in secret. pulls the chain and walks off. who is standing on the 20ilet seat of the men's toilet. Don't worry.As soon as school is out. DAY The beach is almost deserted.Is that it? She gives a nod of the head.. SALVATORE doesn't feel like joking. helped by the USHER. Toto!! When are you coming to shoot another film?!? And they laugh. dotted here and there with groups of bathers... leaving SALVATORE standing there on the toilet seat.EVENING file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. He wants to be by himself. He looks away. 74 BEACH.. They reach out to kiss each other.. SALVATORE Could it be your father doesn't like the work I do.That my family's too poor.. I love you.. with their gaping toothless mouths. 73 BEACH AND IMPERIA ARENA. we're going to go stay with friends in Tuscany. where some WORKMEN are putting on the finishing touches for the new opening.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore Inside the toilet.. SALVATORE.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . They recognize SALVATORE. longer than ever. The wagon arrives and SALVATORE and the USHER unload the projector. and now climbs into the wagon. not even like answering. near the Imperia Arena. but only faintly. so as no2 to wound his vulnerability. SALVATORE (Crestfallen) But we're opening the outdoor movie theatre this summer. There are the MEN from the slaughter-house. We'll be there all summer. has finished loading the disassembled projector on to a wagon in order to carry it to the outdoor movie house.

The MAILMAN comes down the street on his bicycle. whenever I can get away I'll always come running to you. there is an enormous pack of letters. the love song of some carter. SALVATORE is worn out... But don't worry. On a shelf in the projection booth.the laughter of the Arena audience. a very funny scene is being shown.. 76:ARENA IMPERIA. bare chested. The others howl with laughter. gazes up file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore.Elena. On the Arena screen. I find your name everywhere if I read a book. under his breath. He is so engrossed the words can almost be read on his face.. Their laughter is echoed by more laughter. do a crossword puzzle. the people in one of the rows of chairs tip over backwards. URCHIN Fuck me! I've caught an octopus! An oooooctopus! FADE 75 VARIOUS SETTINGS. It'll be hard to see each other every day.. People are forced to stay inside when the sirocco blows.. thumb through a newspaper. laughing himself to tears. ELENA'S VOICE (Off-screen) Salvatore. On screen. He is reading a letter from ELENA.. tired and sticky with sweat. One of them. here the days never end.Sitting in the shade of a white wall. towards the screen of the open-air movie at the water's edge. The projection booth has a door at the back with stairs leading down to the rocks. Screams. the waves are rather high and the boats of 'gate-crashers' can be seen out in the water. scenes from Ulysses.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . DAY The August sun is blazing hot. Now he is sitting outside on the back steps. SALVATORE reads the letter.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore A sultry evening. PROJECTION BOOTH.. SALVATORE stretches out. SALVATORE Elena.. he repeats her name obsessively. Today I've got some rather bad news. The waiting has destroyed him.EVENING The Arena is crowded with sun-burnt faces. scattered among the metal chairs. He gazes up at him as if looking for news of her. SALVATORE is sitting on the ground. The sound-track of a comic film reverberates over the sea.. There is a funny scene.SALVATORE hears it too. stretched out on the floor of his room. INT/EXT. And the audience of LITTLE BOYS in the boats also laugh. all of them crammed with LITTLE BOYS all looking in the same direction. He looks like a madman. whistles. They join some more boats standing still in the water. LITTLE BOYS All seats are sold out! Free entrance and payment on the way out!! Sssssh!! And they guffaw noisily.. with its potted plants and palm trees. There is a breeze this evening. my darling. The audience again bursts into wild laughter.. Next to him. Nothing can be heard except far in the distance. The jacklights of the octopus fishers twinkle on the dark horizon. to the Cinema Paradiso. As he winds up one of the parts of the film. . EXT/INT. the laughter of the audience mingles with the sound of the shallow waves breaking on the rocks. his eyes fixed on the ceiling where flies buzz around nervously. in the distance. laughs.. A voice rises up out of the carousel of boats. from somewhere in the country.. By dint of laughing. And there is a strange silence... loses his balance and falls into the water. beneath ELENA's window. a few yards from the sea. rides up to SALVATORE and hands him a letter. The streets are empty.Elena. At the end of October we're moving to the city where I'll attend the University.. rolling fitfully but not dangerously..You're always before my eyes. the dog that kept him company at night. A group of LITTLE BOYS in a boat pulls away from shore.

the PEASANTS prepare the barrels for preserving the grape must. (Smiling) ..Instead no. (And he pedals off on his bicycle.. SALVATORE'S eyes pop open.. file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. it seems like a vision.. She looks around in all directions and sees him at last. to take shelter and to go on watching the film despite the rain. and gives himself up to that marvellous feeling of joy.The 'gate-crashers' in the boats also look up and see a streak of lightning ushering in another clap of thunder. He lets the rain fall on him. DAY Autumn has arrived.. while the humming of the projector and the sound track of the film can be heard through the window of the booth. another hallucination created by the rain. And as he shuts his eyes and lifts his head up. DAY ELENA is waiting near the University. mingling her hair with his. they chat..) ALFREDO What is it? SPACCAFICO unfolds it.. rumbling.. The MAILMAN stops and hands SPACCAFICO a folded sheet of paper.But when.But SALVATORE does not get up. EXT.. ENTRANCE. The Arena audience scatters with a howl and scurries over to the overhanging roofs of the projection booth.Fade-out and cut to a nice thunderstorm!!! Huh? that'd be perfect! A clap of thunder explodes in the air.. The Arena audience looks up in alarm at the sky. EXT. but nothing can be done. He comes running up to her. MAILMAN Don Ciccio.. I don't have to serve in the military.. this is for Toto. as a war orphan. ELENA So what'd they say? SALVATORE The army says that. Loud. They've probably never been so happy as they are at that moment. The LITTLE BOYS in the boats quickly pull tarpaulins over their heads. ALFREDO is sitting in front of the Cinema Paradiso with SPACCAFICO and the USHER. reads it. It is a quiet moment.. claps his hands on his head.. just like a madman..htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] ... It is an intense. In the streets. They embrace... goes on laughing... SALVATORE gives a contented smile as the cloudburst pours down violently.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore at the inky sky and talks to himself. whispering. to catch more rain on his face. a stupendous kiss.. SPACCAFICO Holy blood of Judas! Now what am I going to do??! 78 UNIVERSITY. SALVATORE's lips interrupt her. SALVATORE opens his eyes in utter amazement.. in alarm.. SALVATORE When will this shitty summer be over? (Half shutting his eyes) In a film it'd already be finished. She paces nervously back and forth. binding them ever closer. Glances at her watch. He's late. ELENA I got back today... a mouth comes to rest passionately on his lips it is ELENA. suddenly. Give it him. incredulous and stunned as if a real miracle had taken place. They cling to each other as the rain goes on streaming over their bodies. One of those storms is building up that ruins late summer nights. 77 CINEMA PARADISO. You can't imagine the excuses I had to make up to be here. it is really her! SALVATORE Elena!.

The car drives off and with it ELENA. The first part has just begun and the reel is full of film. It's my father. like someone who knows how to take the treacherous blows of life. ELENA holds back.. ELENA He won't be convinced. Thinks back over her terrible confession. He checks the projector. and he's sorry. with a grim expression. so the projectionist who is coming will find it ready. but stands there motionless. SALVATORE stands nervously up in the window of the projection booth. as if he were in a prison cell.So tonight. Their eyes hang on the same thread. No one's taking your job away from you. ELENA turns to look and in a faint voice reveals the reason for her nervousness.. It's already five-thirty and she hasn't come.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . MORNING The poster of Il Grido hangs on the billboard outside the theatre.. SALVATORE returns the look. mortified by his meeting with her FATHER. Don't act that way. One day'll be more than enough. He comes down the final turn of the spiral staircase and finds himself face to face with ALFREDO.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore It's a bureaucratic error. Toto. He paces back and forth. Day after tomorrow morning. But they'll discharge me ten days later. SALVATORE OK. please set up tomorrow's film. SPACCAFICO shouts up to SALVATORE. thinking up solutions. glances at his watch. He takes her hand. SALVATORE freezes to the spot.. They're sending me to Rome.The stair light finally goes on. I'll be coming with the five o'clock bus. ELENA gives him a meaningful look through the window. SALVATORE is extremely nervous. Wait for me Thursday at the Cinema Paradiso. and ELENA still isn't there. EXT. SPACCAFICIO says that tomorrow he'll be leaving and today is his last day on the job. The CHARWOMAN is washing the floor of the lobby. who is in the projectionist's booth. We'll talk about it later. this is no film for the common herd. ELENA No.. I have to leave. there she is SALVATORE dashes over and down the stairs to meet her. I'll be here waiting for you. Salvatore. SPACCAFICO Cheer up. SPACCAFICO Toto. She has caught sight of her FATHER's car approaching. I'll convince him this time. DAY The bus has pulled into the square but among the people getting out there is no sign of ELENA. worried. ENTRANCE. SALVATORE looks with longing as ELENA drives away with her father. Don't worry! 80 SQUARE AND PROJECTION BOOTH. You'd better go. The first part is now about to finish. He sees ELENA's face pulling away in the car. this way we can finally talk. CINEMA PARADISO.. SALVATORE Who? ELENA The son of one of his colleagues. turns to go to a café. The thread of hope and now of fear. SPACCAFICO understands SALVATORE's sadness. who is slowly making his way up with the help of his cane.. 79 CINEMA PARADISO. Salvatore. SPACCAFICO replaces 'THURSDAY' with a 'TODAY' sticker.. SALVATORE Good. He has other plans for me. the reel is almost empty. EXT/INT. Let's go. file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore.

An obsession he refuses to accept. 83 CITY. In company it's better. He asks several girls in front of the University. the reel is full. Like an hourglass with the sand trickling through. panic stricken. EXT. a slight tremor runs through his whole body. as if he were experiencing the same anxiety troubling his 'Toto' at that moment.AFTERNOON SALVATORE comes streaking up in front of her house.EXT.EXT/INT. His nerves are tense.Then I'll leave..AFTERNOON On the reel there is less film. SALVATORE Alfredo. As usual ALFREDO'S sweetness comforts SALVATORE.. For the first time in many years..INT. He rings the bell. Looks at the people waiting.. 85:ELENAS HOUSE IN THE CITY. ALFREDO (Smiling) You were expecting her? Huh? (SALVATORE doesn't answer.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] .INT. 84 CINEMA PARADISO. He phones from a phone booth..It's a nasty business waiting by yourself.INT. A strange agitation comes over him. Alfredo. But nobody answers.. He's too worried. Meanwhile. where ELENA s family has gone to live.AFTERNOON The second part has begun. ALFREDO climbs another step.. the film roll on and with it. 86:CINEMA PARADISO. but also because there is nothing he can do for SALVATORE.. But they haven't seen her.) . The idea of having to leave without seeing ELENA is his obsession. He slows down at the bus terminus. ALFREDO You weren't expecting me? SALVATORE (Nervously) No.AFTERNOON file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. SALVATORE seizes the chance and climbs up to the third floor. I need your help! 8I ROAD TO THE CITY. He puts a hand on ALFREDO'S shoulder. almost cracking his knuckles.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore ALFREDO senses his disappointment.. He pounds on the door furiously. She sits there immobile.PROJECTION BOOTH. too upset. but nobody answers. minutes. 82 CINEMA PARADISO.AFTERNOON SALVATORE has already reached the city. But all to no avail. ALFREDO is alone in the booth. I was coming to help you. The pounding on the door reverberates in the room..PROJECTION BOOTH.. AFTERNOON The Balilla speeds as fast as it can down the road to the city. No?. time....PROJECTION BOOTH. there is somebody inside: ELENA's MOTHER. whispering.. one that quiets his nervousness.. there is nobody at home. dashes out like greased lightning.. indeed suddenly gives him a bold idea. A MAN who lives in the building opens the front door and comes out. determined to ignore that desperate message. but she is not there. sitting in front of the projector. His self-control is about to give way to desperation. He shrieks. SALVATORE Open up! Open up! Elenaaa! And in fact. He screeches to a stop.. SALVATORE drives along in a state of agitation. Not only because he's blind. without a word. but she does not budge. and he feels helpless.

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The reel spins faster. The film is almost ended. By now there is very little time... 87 ROAD TO THE VILLAGE. EXT. SUNDOWN

And SALVATORE is on his way home, defeated. Be drives as fast as he can. Be is in a terrible state, can't figure out what's happened. Can't explain it. And that's what hurts. 88 CINEMA PARADISO. PROJECTION BOOTH. INT. SUNDOWN

The words 'THE END' appear on the screen...and the film runs out, leaving the projector turning uselessly. ALFREDO is alarmed. He can hear that the film is finished, but doesn't know where to begin. He gropes around. He's scared. Like a little boy calls his mother when he's lost in a crowd, so old ALFREDO calls SALVATORE. ALFREDO TotooooO! TotooooO! The few people down in the audience start whistling and complaining about the film they haven't understood. SPECTATORS Lights! Christ, what a piece of crap!! We want OUT money back!!! Heeeeey!! Bandits!! Others are shouting that they like the film. 89 CINEMA PARADISO. ENTRANCE. EXT. SUNDOWN

The Balilla screeches to a stop in front of the theatre. SALVATORE darts out and runs to the stairs... 90 CINEMA PARADISO. PROJECTION BOOTH. INT. SUNDOWN

SALVATORE turns the lights on in the theatre and turns off the projector, trying to calm down ALFREDO, who has got to his feet, frightened. ALFREDO But where'd you go, Toto?!! SALVATORE I'm here! Take it easy! Take it easy! (And he folds him into his arms, like calming down a little boy who has had a nightmare. Be whispers, still out of breath:) Sit down, sit down... (ALFREDO quiets down as SALVATORE lowers him into a chair, and asks him the only question upon which his last hope depends.) Did she come? ALFREDO No, nobody came. (And he embraces him, almost as if to comfort him in his great disappointment.) For SALVATORE it's really the end: she's not coming. Tomorrow he'll be leaving without having seen her again. SALVATORE'S hands remove the photographs of Amedeo Nazzari and of ELENA from the wall, slip them into one of his pockets. Now the hands open the metal containers of tomorrow's film, take . out the reels to set them up, pick up the receipt - his last before leaving and with the same mechanical gesture, hang it on a nail, as usual. 91 ROME. VARIOUS SETTINGS, MILITARY LIFE. EXT/ INT. DAY/NIGHT

A wild frenetic sequence, set to the pace of military life...SALVATORE, in uniform with close-cropped hair, answers his superior, shouts: SALVATORE

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Radio Operator Di Vita Salvatore! Third Battalion, Ninth Company, sir!!! Target practice. SALVATORE fires all the shots in the cartridge, one after the other... A SECOND LIEUTENANT barks out a march rhythm in the blazing sun. SECOND LIEUTENANT One, two, one, two!! Attention! Left march! SALVATORE sneaks out of line, goes over and slips a letter into the mailbox and hurries back to his place. On one of the public phones in a square of Rome, SALVATORE is phoning ELENA. Nobody answers. He slams down the receiver, as the line of SOLDIERS waits its turn... Night-time. A large plastic bag full of water. A thud. SALVATORE wakes up with a start in a lake of ice water. He lets out a terrified shriek as the others laugh, protected by the dark. SALVATORE Aaaaaaah! Heeeeeelp!! In the large dormitory, the SERGEANT is handing out the mail. He throws a pile of letters on SALVATORE'S bunk. They are his letters to ELENA, stamped 'ADDRESS UNKNOWN'. Mess duty. SALVATORE is washing Up, in a sea of water and grease. He rimes a pan full of tomato sauce with a tap hose. A spurt of red water splatters him in the face. A training run. Another letter which SALVATORE drops into the mailbox... A cold, rainy night. SALVATORE stands stiff as a poker in front of the Ammunition depot. It is his first guard duty. Soaked to the skin, gazing wideeyed into empty space. COLONEL'S office. SALVATORE (Aggressively) Colonel, I was supposed to spend ten days here and it's been about a year, and I haven't ever gone borne. I'd like a furlough, at least! SALVATORE is in the guardhouse. A cold, dark, filthy cell. His nerves start to give way. He bows his head in despair. Hospital. SALVATORE is exhausted, run-down. The night-stand is jammed with medicines. He lies in bed without moving, staring off into empty space, and repeats obsessively in a low voice, as if talking to himself. SALVATORE Elena...Elena...Elena... (He has touched the extreme of suffering, a young man who has been denied love and affection, his rights, freedom. A NURSE comes up.) NURSE Di Vita Salvatore, get ready, your discharge has come through. SALVATORE registers this information with his eyes and nods absently. 92 GIANCALDO. SQUARE AND STREETS. EXT. DAY

The bus disappears around the corner leaving SALVATORE standing there alone. It is a blazing hot day. The sirocco wind blows the yellow dust in all directions. The square is empty, the billboard in front of the closed movie house announces a Western. SALVATORE puts his suitcase on the ground, looks around. Everything exactly the same, immobile. Only one new feature in the cafe there's a jukebox playing 'Estate' sung by Milva.

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SALVATORE turns towards the Cinema Paradiso. The projectionist is at the window of the booth, smoking a cigarette. Who knows who he is, where he came from. A hot flurry of dust. SALVATORE turns and sees a dog leaping around kim, wagging its tail. It's the dog that kept him company during his nights beneath the window. SALVATORE gives a start of joy, drops his suitcase and leans over to stroke him. Then he hugs him, as if he were an old friend. 93 ALFREDO'S HOUSE. INT. AFTERNOON

SALVATORE goes to see ALFREDO. He is still in bed, has just woken up. He is glad to hear his 'Toto'. He feels his forehead, his eyes and cheeks, as if to 'see' him. ALFREDO You 're thinner...You can tell you've not been treated well. (As usual, you can't hide anything from ALFREDO. SALVATORE senses something different in him that he can't figure out, like same wild restlessness within). SALVATORE They tell me you never go out, never talk to anybody. Why? ALFREDO Toto, sooner or later there comes a time when talking or keeping quiet is the same thing. So it's better to shut up. (Changing his lone) It's hot in here. Toto, take me to the beach. 94 BEACH AND WATERFRONT. EXT. AFTERNOON

The sea is ruffled and the air is less sultry, easier to breathe. SALVATORE and ALFREDO walk slowly along the waterfront. ALFREDO totters slightly, holds on to SALVATORE, who is telling him something very funny. SALVATORE At the Christmas party the lieutenant pinches a girl's ass. The girl turns around: it's the daughter of the commanding officer. The lieutenant is scared to death and says: 'Miss, if your heart is as hard as what I have just touched, I'm done for! And they roar with laughter. They look like two old school buddies telling each other dirty jokes. They stop beside a low wall. ALFREDO knows that those laughs are simply a way of uselessly dancing around the countless things that are troubling SALVATORE. And he breaks the ice, while SALVATORE is still laughing. ALFREDO (Seriously) Did you ever see her again? (SALVATORE'S laughter dies away, taken off-guard as he is. Then he lights a cigarette.) SALVATORE No. And nobody knows where she is. ALFREDO It was probably meant to be like this. Each of us has a star to follow. So now what are you thinking of doing? It's a terrible question, and SALVATORE has no answer to it. In fact, would rather not even talk about it. He changes his tone, as if he hadn't heard it, laughs, trying again to ding to the funny jokes he heard during military service.

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for ninety-nine nights at least he had lived with the illusion that she was there waiting for him.The commander says to the sergeant: 'You remember that windmill that used to be there?' 'Yes. everything's different. And. But she.that would have been terrible. SALVATORE gradually falls silent. Toto! Go away! This land is cursed.. Toto. (They are now leaning against a boat on the beach.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore SALVATORE Listen to this one.. could not have kept her promise. unmoved. For the first time in his life. sir. before coming back and finding your people again. doesn't know what to do.. The cloud of smoke wreaths his nervous face. now he seems to relax. (This time SALVATORE is the one to explain something to ALFREDO. many years. also. it's impossible. He whispers with a smile:) SALVATORE Who said that? Gary Cooper. That's right. he would have died from it.You've got to go away a long time. he doesn't know what goal to aim for. one year. Isn't that the case?.) SALVATORE Now I understand why the soldier went away just before the end.. for many... So instead. And ALFREDO realizes how bitter his story is and..) When you're here every day you feel like you're at the center of the universe. two. (Intense words.. I remember the mill's gone but the wind's still there!' (And he bursts into nervous laughter.. Henry Fonda? Huh? (ALFREDO also gives a gentle smile) ALFREDO No. your things no longer exist. the land where you were born.And when you come back. nobody said it.. But this time ALFREDO remains cold. James Stewart.But not now. Then you go away. Now you're blinder than I am. I say it! file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore... The thread has broken. ALFREDO goes on whispering his words.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] .. it seems like nothing ever changes. whispers:) You remember the story of the soldier and the princess? (ALFREDO nods his head. and SALVATORE is spellbound. straight from the heart. You don't find those you were looking for. does not laugh with him.) ALFREDO Do like the soldier. He doesn't know what to say. above all. just one more night and the princess would have been his. that the boy standing there is no longer a boy..

only the sound of a train surfaces in his mind. don't turn round. Also LIA.. MARIA. 95 VARIOUS SETTINGS. But even if he were to go to bed he wouldn't sleep.. that her son is on the verge of an important turning-point.. heavy tension in the air.. feels a strange. She's probably wondering where SALVATORE is at that hour. his sister. The church bell chimes four a. Forget us all. The moment has come to say goodbye to ALFREDO. don't write. gives it a hard squeeze.. He's sitting on the ground.. And the same decision to make: what to do? Stretched out beside a sleeping WOMAN. I want to hear talk about you. TotooooooO!!! I got here too late. The setting sun lies colorless on the horizon. A heart-rending trembling comes into his husky voice.m. NIGHT Night. his mother. (He lays his hand on SALVATORE'S shoulder. ALFREDO Don't come back any more. don't come looking for me. the storm has passed. Only a distant blur at the end of the track. Hands wave in the air. SALVATORE is sitting on the church steps. EXT/INT.. love it like you loved that projection booth of the Paradiso when you were little.) Get out! Go back to Rome.) PRIEST (Shouting) Goodbye. He has to make a decision leave or stay. And SALVATORE is once again wide awake.. The PRIEST has arrived at the last moment and waves goodbye from the distance. the world is yours! And I'm old. don't give in to nostalgia. The square is empty. don't think about us.. But what will he decide? What will happen?... You 're young. She knows. in his hot dark bedroom. Life. I won't let you into the house. he goes on staring at the window. you understand? They clasp each other tightly. And why?. senses. as if they knew they wouldn't be meeting again. His head in his hands. another distant bell is chiming four a. also can't get to sleep. file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore.. ALMOST THIRTY YEARS LATER.m. drawing further and further away. SALVATORE hugs his MOTHER and SISTER... SALVATORE gives a shudder that runs through his very soul. SALVATORE Thanks for all you've done for me. And doesn't sleep. just like then. (The train moves now. The old man is deeply moved. The long memory has almost faded. Outside..Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore Life's not like you saw it in the movies.. with his hand on his face. ALFREDO Whatever you do. 96 GIANCALDO RAILWAY STATION.. If you can't hear it and come back. What a shame! The figure of ALFREDO and the others can no longer be distinguished.I don't want to hear you talk any more. He rubs his face with his hand....htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . DAY It's the train that THIRTY YEARS EARLIER had pulled into the station of his home town before leaving for Rome. EXT. 'What decision will he make?' is the question that keeps ALFREDO awake. He is thinking.is harder.

Mother and son are sitting side by side at the kitchen table.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . She mumbles in excitement. 100 SALVATORE'S MOTHER'S HOUSE.the window of the taxi-cab driving SALVATORE to his home town. He has the tense look of the man who suddenly comes home after the adventure of life has carried him afar. INT/EXT. A lot of things have changed. I have a surprise.. The yellow running through the entire landscape is unmistakable. but the colors are still the same. (Smiling) If it hadn't been for you! (Getting up) Come. discovering them through the parlor window.. The hands of a woman who is waiting. DAY MARIA is no longer wearing an apron. The front doorbell rings twice. Mamma?. Salvatore's face appears among the clouds reflected in one of the plane windows. She hurries off. From the plane window to another window.. And she scrambles to her feet. it could be an entirely different place. INT. 98 SUPERHIGHWAY. SALVATORE (Smiling) They're always writing to me saying they want to come to Rome! SALVATORE looks around.) MARIA See how pretty the house is? We did everything over.. Her hands move very swiftly.. EXT/INT. But if the sign. knitting a white sweater. MARIA 'S VOICE (Off-screen) Toto!. hadn't been there with the name on it. they're grown up by now. The camera now moves. 99 SALVATORE'S MOTHER'S HOUSE. one needle dangling over the edge.. almost mechanically. DAY The house where SALVATORE'S MOTHER lives is also new. DAY THIRTY YEARS LATER.. MARIA It's Toto.. where he has forgotten everything. Under the curious eyes of an old bored dog. DAY . (She takes him by the hand file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. MARIA Lia'll be so glad to see you. a plane flies over Sicily. you'll see. MARIA stops short... and yet it's his mother's house. The old lady is sitting alone in an armchair in the parlor. That is what she has been waiting for. And all those black birds perched in a row on the guard-rail are crows. goes down the stairs to the front door.. There the yam stops and MARIA' s excited voice is heard. The scenery moving by on either side of the road summons up sweet memories.I knew it. It's a place he's never seen before. And you won't recognize the kids any more.. EXT. SALVATORE'S VOICE (Off-screen) How are you. hugging each other outside the front door.. wandering the world...... forgetting that she still has the ball of white yarn in her apron pocket.. nearer the sea. The cab now approaches the outskirts of Giancaldo. And the yarn runs off the needles and the knitting comes undone quickly as she moves about the house. dropping her knitting in the chair. It lands on the runway char seems to emerge from the sea and flatten out towards the slopes of the dark mountains.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore 97 PUNTA RAISI AIRPORT.

Go in. Always! Right to the end! He was terribly fond of you. At the intersections.. steps aside to let her son in. ironically) You shouldn't tell me that now. she is unable to say any more. deeply touched by her words. when the procession has passed by. DAY . the clothes in the cupboard..the coffin where his old blind friend rests for ever. He always talked about you. Store shutters are lowered. he sees a young PRIEST with an altar boy beside him. the cars start up again. SALVATORE gives her a hug. The procession reaches the square. SALVATORE looks at her and feels a pang. 101 GIANCALDO. The old men remove their hats. Thinking about it. Despite the bed. He gazes intensely at the coffin covered with flowers and is grieved as if he were ashamed never to have come to see the man who had been like a father to him. his documentaries.. Toto. she is slightly stooped. SALVATORE (Interrupting her) No. looks around the old 8mm movie camera. MARIA senses his perturbation. her hair is gathered into a knot at the back other head. age withers the body. MARIA (Smiling. Mamma. cars stop to let the black hearse pass by. MAIN STREET AND SQUARE. the photographs of his favorite movie stars. there's time before the funeral. After all these years! (SALVATORE gets the message.. She seems smaller. ANNA He would have been happy you came.. her eyes fixed on the coffin. is flabbergasted at the sight of his old room perfectly reconstructed and preserved. the museum of the past. Then. it is perfectly clear that no one has ever lived in it and never will live in it. the shutters are pulled up. But why had he forgotten him? Up in front. If you want to rest. People cross themselves. It is ALFREDO'S last farewell to the place where he had spent the file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. SALVATORE is in the front row with his MOTHER.. whispers:) I put all your things in here.. go in. From ALFREDO'S smiling face to. MARIA opens a door.. the bicycle hanging on the wall. standing smiling in front of the Cinema Paradiso. the old men put their hats back on.) You must be tired. and these figures are also like chisels scraping the rust off his soul and bringing old feelings to light again. you know. SALVATORE nods his head.. SIGNORA ANNA motions the driver and the procession comes to a halt.SALVATORE goes over to the bed. it only takes an hour by air. the books on the shelves. But what mostly catches his eye is a tiny framed photograph: SALVATORE as a little boy and ALFREDO. touches his heart. leading the procession. Strange. the projector. That impressive figure. The funeral procession winds its way down the main street. remains standing in the doorway as if to leave him alone. next to ALFREDO'S WIDOW. SIGNORA ANNA says in a whisper. Come see me before you leave. SALVATORE lakes a few steps.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] .) He left two things for you. it seems incredible that he has never come before.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore and leads him out to the hallway. EXT. . The dark column stands etched in the dazzling early-afternoon light. his good-natured bur firm look. at that time ALFREDO was younger than he is now! It's as if he were standing there before him one last time. (Tears come to her.. It looks like a museum. feels guilty.

The family is having supper. and is entranced by the unexpected sight of faces that he recognizes at once. SALVATORE recognizes her she was the one he made love with for the first time.. sign boards and lines of cars creeping at a snail's pace in a deafening chorus of honking horns. And the central square has turned motorcycles.. The coffin is carried into the church.. An old woman.And all those curious faces staring at him.A pity!. the owner. Mr. Meanwhile. The coffin is unloaded. The city's bought it now to make a new parking lot. television.. You "know better than me. it's hard to call an important person by his first name. FILIPPO. the lovebirds who had met in the movie house and then got married. crumbling walls. 102 SALVATORE' S MOTHER'S HOUSE. the USHER who also served as bill-poster. weeds and mildew in the cracks and on the roof.It has fallen to pieces: doors and windows boarded shut.. They shake hands heartily. the CHARWOMAN. SALVATORE'S presence arouses a special excitement. Di Vita'. the next time Granny comes to Rome. both touched.. and SARA. SPACCAFICO Well. followed by the little procession. the prostitute. Next Saturday they're tearing it down. The procession starts up again. thirteen. finding out that the movie house is to be torn down depresses him. SALVATORE makes his way over to him through the crowd.. The children look at their uncle with a certain awe.. ALFIO. I want to come along too. The table is set with the finest silver and the company china has been brought out. videos. Besides. The square has changed completely. the crisis. irritated by that 'Mr. despite the many years that have gone by: the MAN AT THE BOX OFFICE.. after all they don't really know him. but the sound has been turned practically all the way down. it's SPACCAFICO. But if it really matters to you. And they too have recognized him. somebody catches his eye on the other side of the sidewalk. She crosses herself quickly. towards the small crowd. the procession has reached the church. TERESA. then says. after all. SALVATORE excuses himself and goes over to the hearse. is unrecognizable. fifteen. No one came any more. SALVATORE turns slowly to look behind him. SALVATORE is disconcerted.. give little hello nods and gestures. SARA (Playfully) Uncle. Another face he seems to recognize: why sure. with a plastic bag in her hand. SALVATORE (Under his breath) How long's it been shut? SPACCAFICO Six years ago this May.. SALVATORE has asked to be one of the bearers into the church. As he moves off slowly with that weight on his shoulder. taken by surprise. LIA is also there with her husband. The television is on. the CARABINIERE SERGEANT. Di Vita. almost to himself) SPACCAFICO Bless you. and further on behind ROSA and ANGELO.. How old he's become! He also looks up and his eyes meet SALVATORE'S.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore best years of his life the Cinema Paradiso. They all have white hair. a piece of the sign dangling down.. and their two children. I'11 call you. Di Vita'? It didn't used to be that way. it's a piece of his life. stores. EVENING The little house is sunk in the darkness of evening and the ground floor windows are lit up. sixty or seventy years old. Toto.. EXT/INT. SALVATORE smiles at that. Old SPACCAFICO watches him go. A hello nod. (Smiling) Toto!.. By now the movie business is only a dream. The rustling of the sea can be heard.. without a word.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . Buildings. Everyone turns to look and SALVATORE also turns. file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. I want to see what you do when you work. SALVATORE But why do you call me 'Mr.

DAY . guesses the nature of his thoughts. The light streaming in from the windows up above teems with strange mates of dust. SALVATORE walks down the middle aisle. PROJECTION BOOTH. what was once the wooden veneer has warped from the dampness. LIA. the door flies open with a screech. But only for one brief moment. SALVATORE has the feeling he can hear the howling. SALVATORE returns a conniving smile. SARA starts to get up to go and answer it. SALVATORE I don't know. be completely carried off by the rolling waves of his own past: on the other. feels deeply bound to her she has a few white hairs and light wrinkles line her face. SALVATORE enters by himself. Who knows what their marriage is like. A mouse creeps along one wall.... The rows of seats are unhinged. A thick layer of dust lends everything a gray. don't get too familiar with those two (indicating the children) they're worse than cannibals. as he remembers it. takes a closer look and recognizes the shape of half a lion's head covered with dust. then the silence returns. and at last. rarefied look. The emergency exits are boarded and nailed shut. a series of almost overwhelming emotions and now he knows nothing on the one hand. there isn't much to see. repeating the same gesture of bygone years. he's going bald but he tries to hide it by combing over the little hair left... They go on eating. Observing the emptiness of the theatre. 104 CINEMA PARADISO.. he had never seen her laugh like that. ALFIO (To SALVATORE) Watch out. 103 CINEMA PARADISO. the whistling and voices of the . Then he looks at her husband. he' d like to stay. twice. At the sight of them. stops near a pile of dust. It has been a day of violent upheavals. But the lion's head is no longer file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. and it's as if she sensed it. FILIPPO You leaving tomorrow. The ringing of a phone. ALFIO. Filippo. INT. making him feel even more restless and undecided. ALFIO and MARIA also smile. he wonders.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . He moves it with his foot. DAY SALVATORE'S silhouette stands out against the light in the open door. MARIA (To SALVATORE) It must be for you. Cobwebs hang like long veils from the ceiling. a blush colors her cheeks and she smiles. kicking up a cloud of dust.. Once..Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore SALVATORE (Smiling) Fine. The phone goes on ringing. then looks up at the projection booth. He goes over as the mouse scampers off. He forces himself to smile again. amused. SALVATORE is attracted by that little gray mass. The CHILDREN laugh. but SALVATORE isn't very hungry. Everybody laughs again. S lowly he makes his way into the empty theatre.. Even MARIA laughs a lot. she looks up. audience.. let himself drift on the sweet tide of family life. He looks back at LIA. The screen dangles from its frame. EXT. He feels drunk. he wishes he had never come. He looks around as if he Were thumbing through the album of his memories. imagines what he is trying to figure out. Re peers at LIA eating out of the comer of his eye. They'll take advantage. Everyone turns to SALVATORE with questioning looks. like a haze. I sell much more smoke than fire. The TRAFFIC cops are trying to break the front door down with their shoulders. at peace. Uncle? SALVATORE doesn't know what to say. hut MARIA stops her with a glance of the eye. But I warn you. I don't know.They've been calling all afternoon. They wanted to know if you're leaving this evening or tomorrow. SALVATORE looks at her.

A flip of the accelerator and off she goes. 105 CAFÉ IN SQUARE. And he is suddenly seized by a feeling of panic. SALVATORE follows her with his eyes until she disappears around the corner.. And three more boxfuls of them are on the floor.. nor the equipment. SALVATORE is standing there a few steps away. She is waiting to go across the street with a bunch of books arm. those little square openings that had caused him such long suffering as a little boy.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore there. 107 SALVATORE'S MOTHER'S HOUSE. the floor. The little booth.SALVATORE now climbs up the spiral staircase. but friendly. She removes the padlock and fastens her books to the rack. indifferent. etc. casting a curious file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. shake around to the obsessive strains of same electronic tune. SALVATORE Excuse me. Others stand playing 'war games'. 106 GIANCALDO. a shudder freezes him to the spot.. The CASHIER and BARMEN have young. chills his blood: there before him is ELENA! But she is still young. And like a flash.year-old girl. yellow with fumes.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . Two steps away from him. Then SALVATORE turns to the plate-glass window overlooking the main street. no doubt about it! Exactly the same.. and cobwebs have covered the hales of the booth. Now they are caught up in the coils of cobwebs. Now he is nearer to her. Several BOYS are sitting at the comer tables. appears before him again.. A man comes up to SALVATORE and asks for his autograph. luminous. He stares at her with the amazement of someone who discovers that miracles exist. Who knows where they junked them?! The only thing left is a clump of film strips still attached to the wall: trailers... GIRL (Shrugging) Well. exactly the way he saw her the first time at the station. unfamiliar faces. I thought you were someone else. She has already started the motor of her bike.Have the passing years had no effect on her? Or is she No! It's a dream! Or is he dead too. and without stopping to think... politely. the nails remain with thousands of yellowing receipts.which is now a city. please. discreetly.. alluring. Part One endings. (She turns to look at him. He looks at her wonderful blue eyes..As the GIRL walks off. INT/EXT.. her hair flying in the wind.. which casts him beyond time. And the windows overlooking the square are bolted shut and the glass broken. INT. A different world he no longer knows.. The projector is no longer there. STREET. SALVATORE peers out of one of the cracks in the window and sees the village. DAY The cafe in the square has been completely renovated. moves a little closer. Except she has a different hair-do and is wearing different clothes: ELENA didn't wear slacks. young as she was then! Sweet. DAY under her an hallucination? doesn't know how to His glass drops to At the age of fifty-five. empty cave. There's nothing he can do about it. SALVATORE A double whisky.. AFTERNOON The old shots of ELENA getting off the train and walking away. through the glass. spying from a distance on an eighteen. Of all the films shown at the Cinema Paradiso Palace. EXT. And where the film-winder once stood.) I'm so sorry. SALVATORE feels no scruples about wandering the streets of his home town. How lovely she is! It's her.. The GIRL goes up to a parked motorcycle.There he had kissed ELENA for the first time. and strips of film like those had grazed their faces. a stunning vision. Each step kicks up a little cloud of dust. Miss. SALVATORE holds out the receipt with a tip. where the workers' club once was.. talking about girls. Now it looks like some big. only the outline of it on the wall. like ALFREDO? SALVATORE explain it.

starts bleeding again.. The lingering note of suffering for a romance that had ended without his ever knowing why. start slipping through his soul again.. his bitterness. That's probably true with all kids. The air whistling through the cracks of the windows lends a heaviness to the silence.. If that's what you think. only his memory.. to Lia. which frightens him and at the same time overwhelms him hopelessly. (With a shrug) That's the way I'm made. like the troubled look on his face. He waits with an eagerness he thought he had long lost.. but she is not troubled.And the wound which he thought had healed years ago. smiling. DAY MARIA is setting the table. had a whole life before you. INT. Happy young faces..Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore look at the camera. or doesn't want to understand.. you were beautiful. 109 SALVATORE'S MOTHER'S HOUSE. DAY The HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS are coming out after school.. but I would have later. empty.that we've never talked.. projected on the white wall of his room. skinny. He also watches the other shots of those happy long-gone days the picnic. as if he saw other scenes which his camera never set down on film. Through the crack of the door.I didn't want anybody. He strokes her old. with a lighted cigarette. on his lips.When I was little I saw you as if you were already old. the rule of has to be broken. SALVATORE is sitting again. file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. joyful... to get to the bottom of the matter. gazing through the window at the shrubs tossing in the wind and the rolling sea. lowers her eyes and walks away without a word. then to you... SALVATORE rocking his head back and forth slowly.. First to your father. EXT.. SALVATORE starts the motor and follows her a short distance away. like he used to do as a boy when he cried. a faint smile. But how. Toto? SALVATORE looks at the old woman's lovely face. And here she comes. MARIA glances at him. 108 HIGH SCHOOL.) But only now do I realize you were young.. MARIA I never had anybody. Who knows? (She nods. silence.. STREETS AND LITTLE SQUARE. with no one to look after you? You could have remarried. quiet expression. guilt. I always remained faithful. as if to curb the tumult of his feelings of SALVATORE I was thinking. heavily veined hands. LIA and her family are eating at her house today. The GIRL heads for the new residential district on the outskirts. She somehow feels his grief. a determination to understand. SALVATORE is at the wheel of the car ALFIO has lent him.. Then she too agrees to break the rule of silence. and the endless explanations that had been sifted through by his young mind. of unconfessed complicity. MARIA doesn't answer. But these scenes could have been shot yesterday. (Sighing) .. He has obviously followed that motorcycle before. MARIA sees those images on the wall.And SALVATORE sits there gazing at it. there's nothing I can do about it.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . There was always something like an unspoken rule between them..And again SALVATORE doesn't understand. MARIA What are you thinking. then sits down before him. as the little shiny rectangle on the wall remains blank....how could you have lived alone all that time.. An inner peace lends her a sweet.. like those shots slipping again through an old 8mm projector.SALVATORE is watching her again. so identical to ELENA is the girl he saw on the street. she at the beach.. And now he feels that rule He speaks quietly. She unlocks the padlock and prepares to speed off. That GIRL 's motorcycle can be seen in a rear-view mirror.. Mamma.Why not? At the time I probably wouldn't have understood.

. woman file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. SALVATORE You never used to do that! She smiles like a little girl who is about to confess the fibs she has told.. Then.But I don't know if that's a good thing. Mamma. If you're faithful.. And he says nothing. surprised and entranced by the poetry of her way of speaking.I abandoned you...) It's my fault! It would have been better if I hadn't called you. (SALVATORE listens to his MOTHER'S words. the whistling of the wind. I pretended to be asleep.. Now. I find it's quite the opposite.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] .. It's just that I was scared of coming back.. you're always alone! (SALVATORE is immersed in the profound truth of those words. thought only of myself. MARIA lowers her eyes.. and never gave you an explanation. after all these years.When you used to work at the movies. I always thought that what you did was right.... I could never get to sleep at night until you came home. MARIA (Interrupting him) And I never asked for one! You have nothing to explain.. which SALVATORE cannot bear. A menacing sound.. Then when you fell asleep. gives a nervous gesture. that I had forgotten lots of things..) But you were right to leave..It's nothing to do with you... He stubs out his cigarette in the already overflowing ashtray. With no beating around the bush. And yet.. but I heard all your movements. MARIA No. as if I had never left. SALVATORE (Whispering) No. (Smiling.. playing it down) Only one thing made me suffer: bolting the door shut before going to bed at night. Faithfulness is a bad business.. every time I did it. You succeeded in doing what you wanted to do. and that was that. Then when you arrived. The silence returns. stands up and pulls out the plug. I'd get up and bolt the door. Instead. (Sighing) When I call you. SALVATORE sits down again. The silence is broken by the ringing of the phone. I thought I was strong. a different. ran away like a thief. when you left.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore (Smiling) And you're like me. you're too honest and too attached to the things you love. no. leaning closer to her. I felt as if I had left somebody outside the door... far away. I look at Lia and feel as if I didn't know her. He knows they are calling him from Rome. and you.

Now the light in one of the windows goes out. forever. And SALVATORE realizes she has always known everything. Nothing but shadows pass by every now and then. but the lump in his throat silences him.. He recognizes him at once. Here there are nothing but ghosts. his heart in his throat.. His finger runs down the column of names. INT/EXT. The car now drives off and passes right by him. 110 SMALL SQUARE AND HOUSE. as if he had lost his voice or didn't know what to say. SALVATORE is at a loss. as before. the reflection from the headlights. She has said this with a subtle allusiveness in her voice. He is in the cafe.settled down. Re has not left... SALVATORE hears the first ring.A shadow appears in one of the windows. Re has been there some while. They look like father and daughter. (Gazing into his eyes) But your life's there.fall in love. The shadow at the window also hangs up. leads him to go on looking. but no one can be seen through the curtains.. EVENING But SALVATORE has not taken his MOTHER'S advice. falls on the GENTLEMAN'S face. SALVATORE watches them come out the gate and climb into a car. elegantly dressed GENTLEMAN around fifty. where the mystery of his life may be hiding. EVENING SALVATORE'S hands rifle through a phone directory.) VOICE ON TELEPHONE Hello? Hello? He still hesitates.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . They converse bur are too far away for their voices to be heard. on the other side of the glass door leading to the little square.. Several windows in the house are lit. is about to speak.. But he doesn't' answer her. waits there with determination... AND SMALL SQUARE.. They look at each other a Long time without speaking... looking at the two lit upstairs windows of that house. Something holds him there still.. Their rule of conniving silence has come back into play. near a café.. INT/EXT.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore always answers. but is not nervous. SALVATORE (Mumbling) His last name was Lo Meo. He is studying it from inside the car parked in a corner of the small square.. Vincenzo.. Toto! Let it go. I'd like to see you. He has already put the token into the slot and dials the number. SALVATORE shuts his eyes.. 111 CAFÉ.I would have known. I pretend I know them so they won't have to go through the embarrassment of introducing themselves. A gleam of light. from the birthmark on his temple.. to take the plane and fly away. The GIRL'S motorcycle is parked in the courtyard beyond the gate of a small house. It is her expression that tells him to leave. There is no turning back. sturdy. (Smiling) I'm sure they take me for a crazy old woman.. And yet. can' t get a word out. The front door opens and the GIRL comes out with a tall. then disappears. And a voice answers. SALVATORE (To himself) Boccia! His eyes flash. And now the craze to get to the bottom of it all gnaws away at him. But so far I've never heard one voice that really loves you. and the light on the stair goes on.... he's afraid he's understood. VOICE ON TELEPHONE Hello? (It's a woman's voice. He hangs up.looking. sits down at one of the rabies near the file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore.

instantly controlled. At the far end. unshakeable. as if cut out of cardboard. VOICE ON TELEPHONE Speaking... Her shadow is motionless.. the shadow. and a hand picks up the lighter and the cigarettes. SALVATORE Di Vita. He gets up and leaves.She appears.. keeping his eyes shut. He is uncertain.. try to pierce the distance and the darkness to get a better look. He can be seen through the window turning the comer. The shadow moves slowly.) Elena. please? SALVATORE feels a terrible pang. ..who? He runs his hand over his forehead. A few moments have gone by.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore phone in the almost empty cafe. heavy. even if quivering with emotion. Footsteps. VOICE ON TELEPHONE Salvatore. Salvatore Di Vita. BOCCIA. She whispers the words. VOICE ON TELEPHONE It's been so long. Silence.. don't say no. against the light.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . And they see each other from a distance. whispering: SALVATORE I'd like to speak to Signora Elena. who's speaking? SALVATORE answers at last. And the lighted cigarette bums down in the ashtray. Her voice gives a sudden start. SALVATORE opens his eyes. VOICE ON TELEPHONE Hello.. The shadow reappears at the window. but in vain.. across the street from your house. I'd like to see you.Let's meet. each of them with a phone receiver to their ear. as if puzzled. after thirty years. Why should we meet? What good would it do? SALVATORE Please. the GIRL. on a sudden urge. SALVATORE Elena. But her voice is firm. it's impossible to make out her features. Once again he has to lake an important decision redial the number and seek a face behind that shadow? Or forget the whole thing. continues: SALVATORE Salvatore. best go away. Who is it. and go away? Yes. A pack of cigarettes and a lighter lie on the table. Do you remember? (Another pause chilly. ELENA lets the curtain drop and goes back to being a shadow. I'm here. Then the voice continues weakly. in the bar. he has forgotten them. a hand pulls aside the curtain. SALVATORE'S eyes glisten. VOICE ON TELEPHONE Certainly. SALVATORE lights a cigarette.. his eyes.. slips another token into the slot. I remember. file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. It's a moment of heartrending emotion. looks at the window. The same voice as before. BARMAN You want something? And he turns back to the television. a group of five people watching television. It is SALVATORE who now. as if to soothe the turmoil he feels inside. charged with tension. But she is somewhat in the dark.

CAR. please. fraught with rage. It's best not to meet. INT/EXT. A voice can be barely heard over the raging sea. Two dark figures gaze at each other. Salvatore. searching for a truth. making the inevitable comparisons with the memory of their young faces. enters the car and shuts the door. places you could have gone. speaks almost mumbling her words. He is the first to break the silence in a faint voice. The splattering waves lend the scene a hazy cast and diffuse the glare of the flashing headlights. but does not wipe out the look of suffering in his eyes. SALVATORE is at the wheel of the car. blurs them.. ELENA Don't be silly. But this time it is less dark. MARIA picks up the receiver. fixed in the endless gaze that envelops them. accepting the invitation. MARIA Hello? No one answers. but ELENA and SALVATORE /rear nothing.. An obsessive musical heat. EVENING The wind is stronger now. In the half-darkened room. The light goes off. pours out of the car radio.. but she can sense the presence of someone who now hangs up. Goodbye.I'm old. Inside the car.. They look at each other a little ill at ease. He has rediscovered the woman who conditioned his whole life and they hadn't had the courage to meet. 112 DIFFERENT SETTINGS... ELENA was right.. The car has almost stopped. MARIA is alarmed. 113 SALVATORE'S MOTHER'S HOUSE. The shadow hangs up. SALVATORE How'd you know I'd be here? ELENA I don't know how many years have gone by. They are close. SALVATORE You're still beautiful. Finally they can see better. facing the storm-tossed sea. things can be seen. INT. And SALVATORE also lakes a few timid steps forward. It is ELENA's voice. But it is impossible to make out the person at the wheel who now reaches over to open the other door.. And you too. The howling of the wind and the crashing of the waves are louder.) Don't look at me like that. EVENING SALVATORE stands motionless on the pier.. unintelligible. A flashing light seems to approach behind his back. not a word. ELENA Salvatore! SALVATORE approaches. SALVATORE turns on the light of the rear-view mirror.. sit glued to their seats. EXT/INT. There weren't many. driving aimlessly around the town. (And she switches off the light. The headlights go off and the car remains there suspended between the open sea and the harbor with its rocking boats. the streets and the square are empty. disappears. I looked around. SALVATORE turns and is blinded by the headlights of a car parked at the beginning of the pier. He feels relieved by the roar of the waves that dispels his bitter thoughts. Now the lights move towards him. but some things about you I do remember. The glowing reflection of a wave higher than the others now lights up their faces. SALVATORE carefully observes her graying hair. as if the night were trying to further delay that meeting.) Why'd you come back? file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] .Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore VOICE ON TELEPHONE I'm old. the somewhat faded beauty mark on her lip. they are no longer the faces of teenagers. Who could it be at this hour? And where is Toto? 114 SEAFRONT AND PIER. EVENING A phone ringing drowns out the sound of the television and the wind whistling outside. (She looks down troubled by the way he has of gazing into her eyes. her blue eyes lined with wrinkles. but of people on in years who study each other.

how come you never married that guy from Tuscany? The white foam of the waves splashes up over the wall of the pier. Even if it wasn't what I dreamt of then. I'm sorry..) At that time. But in the end I won.) I've got a son..Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore SALVATORE Alfredo died. hut it does not rain. It's as if the void were growing and swelling within.) Are you happy? ELENA All things considered... (With a bitter smile) What's he do? ELENA Politics.. He's the district representative. Again SALVATORE is thrown off-guard. SALVATORE Sure.. Now her smile Jades away. And I'm not married. It's hard to find something to say. dashing against the car windows..I had to fight tooth and nail. SALVATORE I saw your daughter. A moment of silence. (SALVATORE also smiles. And you. ELENA My husband. SALVATORE And. file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore.... SALVATORE asks the question that he probably wouldn't have asked a moment later. SALVATORE'S too. We met at the University in Pisa. Then instinctively. ELENA (Smiling) One or two. sure! Boccia.. She continues. Do you remember him? ELENA Of course I remember him. do you have children? SALVATORE No.. You were terribly fond of him..I was waiting for you... She's beautiful! Who knows how many Salvatores must be running after her. Thunder and lightning shatter the roaring of the wind and sea. Bur there're not all that many Salvatores. as if the round key of his enquiry had met with only square locks. but a puzzled smile as if what she has said had thrown him off-guard. ELENA hides her embarrassment beneath a faint but haughty smile.you know him.he's older. (SALVATORE is unable to smile.. in a shy voice. A veil of sadness clouds her eyes. (ELENA sits there in silence. The shadow of the trickling water is superimposed on the agony of their faces.. ELENA I didn't want to...htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . yes.... too.

A nervous... file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. to say goodbye. it's as if one of those thunderbolts had pierced his heart. What she has said strikes him as grotesque. breathing heavily. Even though you disappeared. SALVATORE But I've never forgotten you. ELENA strokes his hair. ELENA I kept that date..) I had a fight with my family. continues. SALVATORE What do you mean. I'd do whatever they wanted. what to say. For SALVATORE. He leans over. but she tells her story in a calm voice. She has said them fondly. as if to restrain his sinking heart.) But what's the point of talking about it? We risk being pathetic and ridiculous. nothing! I'll tell you how many years have gone by: more than thirty!!! Quiet rears stream down Elena's face. Which is what we did. And I said yes. (SALVATORE laughs at the absurdity of it. he shouts desperately. I tried to convince them again that they couldn't separate us. He feels that everything is crumbling inside him. gives a sweet smile.) The last time we saw each other. the alibis and excuses he had had to give himself in order to accept the end of their romance. feels as if he were plunging into the void. In return.I thought we would run away together. But it was futile. we made a date to meet at the Cinema Paradiso.. you were waiting for me?! What are you saying? (He controls himself at once. glisten with the reflections of the lightning and the waves. Elena! ELENA (Whispering) Nor have I. which slowly melts away as she goes on to say:) But I was late. You remember? And you didn't come. (Tears continue to stream out of her blue eyes. you disappeared without leaving a trace. Without realizing. gazing into her shining eyes. staring wildly at her and shaking her by the shoulders. They had decided to leave Sicily once and for all. (She holds back her sobs. And instead. (And she tries to change the subject. heartbroken laugh. He doesn't want to change the subject. With the serenity of someone who has suffered greatly and then found a strong convincing way of suffering no more.. I didn't know what to do any more. my father promised to let me see you one last time. But I hoped that by seeing each other we could take advantage of it and make a decision. now the tables seem to have completely turned.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore There is no resentment in her words.) You still live in Rome? But SALVATORE ignores the question..htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . (SALVATORE is staggered.

. it was a painful but liberating story. And after that other loves appear.. But before I went away I left you that note. INT. As if the whole world has fallen in on him. If you want me to tell Toto what you've told me.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . PROJECTION BOOTH. easy. you've got to understand. But if you want my advice. he' d be capable of killing me.But you can understand.. damn him! He cast his spell on you too! ELENA I told him I'd take his advice. Her voice continues over the scene of same thirty years before. EVENING SALVATORE sits there without moving. INT. He was very kind. For ELENA. ELENA'S VOICE (Off-screen) And I didn't have time to wait for you to comeback. then. It's better for both of you if you don't see each other. fire always turns into ashes! Even the deepest love ends sooner or later. listens with surprise.. (Sighing) Listen carefully to what I have to say.. But you weren't in the projection booth. I never mentioned it to anybody.. 115 CINEMA PARADISO. pale as a sheet. ALFREDO is sitting on a stool. (YOUNG ELENA gives a start of resentment.) Dear girl... Toto. looks as if he had grown even older. lots of them.. I will. ALFREDO answers YOUNG ELENA. Seen from the rear. he listened carefully. ELENA' S FATHER Elena! Hurry up!! YOUNG ELENA All right. SALVATORE (In a daze) Alfredo. From the bottom of the spiral staircase. the YOUNG ELENA is leaning over beside him.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore Dries her tears with the back of her hand. stroking her hair. file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. ELENA It's the first time I've had to chance to tell the story.Do it for him! 116 WATERFRONT.. CAR. In the projection booth.. near the projector. Daddy!. yells up at the projection booth.. If I tell him he won't believe it. ELENA'S FATHER is waiting nervously. and I asked him to tell you everything. AFTERNOON Flashback. she is excited.. ALFREDO Easy.. he can't understand fiat now. and continues:) My father drove me to the movie theatre.. ELENA'S VOICE (Off-screen) So I told Alfredo how things stood and fiat I was leaving the same evening. forget it... Only Alfredo.. She dries her last tears. her eyes are red and swollen with tears.

) I was on my way down the stairs. They embrace and remain like that.. Her eyes fall on the film receipts hanging on the nail.) I wrote you where you could find me. AFTERNOON Flashback ELENA has already said goodbye to ALFREDO. There is a haunted look in SALVATORE's eyes. she with her face buried in his shoulder.) 117 CINEMA PARADISO. She caresses him. I wrote. the waves have disappeared. So I snuck back up.and never came back here. is on her way down the stairs.. almost childish tears. without even looking. but stops short. as if in a dream.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . dissolving into quiet. he leaning on hers with his tearfilled eyes. The sea. I had success it's true. laid over the.. and that I'd wait for you. Her last words have wounded him. Nothing remains but the sound of the storm. PROJECTION BOOTH. Nobody ever answered.. passionately. but there was always something missing.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore (SALVATORE gives her a quick look. who hasn't noticed a thing. EVENING ELENA finishes telling her story. But I dreamt of you for years! That's why I went away.and he shuts his eyes as if fearing the truth. then in a faint voice: SALVATORE Oh. SALVATORE takes her face between his file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. in all the women I met. how I looked for you.his hand thirty years before going through the routine gesture of hanging a receipt on the nail. I was only looking for you. ELENA' S VOICE (Off-screen) I thought Alfredo couldn't see me. EXT/INT. glancing at ALFREDO. CAR. over the others. (And his anguish breaks free. She hangs the scrap of paper back on the nail.. ELENA But you disappeared all the same. Elena! You'll never know. Takes out a pen. well in sight. Goes over to the film-winder. The car windows are steamed up. looks for a scrap of paper. but doesn't see any... turns it over and scribbles a message on the back. She tears off the top one. goes on caressing him gently until he calms down.. ELENA is startled by his reaction. the harbor. 118 WATERFRONT. nothing. She creeps out. he is searching his memory for something he can't find... (She tip-toes back without making any noise.) Even as the years passed... INT.. a questioning look. He shakes his head. She heaves a Jeep sigh. then suddenly sees. telephoned. (Her voice continues. He listens.. (She is deeply moved. mechanically.

without realizing it. And that would have been a pity! Because they're wonderful..and your silence too. Tears stream down Salvatore's cheeks. But Alfredo didn't betray you. you'd have never made your films. their fingers interweaving. (But strangely enough. with the same passion of their first kiss amidst the strips of film brushing their faces. their faces practically touching. They gaze at each other.. He has finished the cup of coffee SIGNORA ANNA has prepared for him. Then the frenzy subsides into a deep.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . A crazy lunatic! (She gives a faint smile. But then. of desire. their hands clasping.) ELENA What difference does it make to find an explanation? That's the way it went. He murmurs:) I'd never have imagined that all this had to end because of the man who was like a father to me. recognizes it at once: it's the one ALFREDO had made for him as a little boy so he could climb up and put the reels on the projector. In the beginning I was upset. Salvatore. deep sighs.. And it's as if he had got a terrible weight off his chest. he was the only one who really understood you.) But you shouldn't have gone and changed your name. and I'd describe what was going on.) 119 ALFREDO'S WIDOW'S HOUSE. ANNA These are the things he left to you. Their hair damp with sweat. clasped in the cramped quarters of the car. He picks up the stool... almost ironically.. I understood what he said. so many years ago.. INT. SALVATORE is sitting by the table. then she smiles. with time. ELENA is not surprised. You should have kept your own. SALVATORE But I never saw that note! (He squints. I've seen them all. And file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. I think I really hated him. Passionate kisses. ANNA When they showed your films on television. He gives her a look of longing. every one. tumultuous pleasure. that's the only explanation.. And they make love. He'd plop himself down there and all his ailments were forgotten. They kiss with heartrending tenderness. as if to stress the absurdity of the idea.As outside the wind and the waves go on rating around that car which seems suspended in empty space.) ELENA He wasn't crazy. (Her eyes glitter with joy.) I must have covered it with my hand. of immense loving and immense grief. embraces. like two teenagers. if you had chosen to be with me. DAY SIGNORA ANNA'S hands place an old wooden stool and a rusty round metal can on the table. he was happy. He knew all the words by heart. ELENA embraces him. SALVATORE whispers one last dreadful revelation.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore hands.

PROJECTION BOOTH. wrapped in a plastic bag. short of breath.. SALVATORE examines the can. He gets up and goes to look at them.... my mother and I are leaving for Tuscany. He looks at them one by one. Here's the address of a girlfriend of mine where you can write to me. in the future maybe we could. Only then does he notice that at the bottom of those blocks of yellowed paper. this evening. He goes on thumbing through them. Who knows what he could have been thinking? Towards the end he'd say such strange things. He moves swiftly. DAY A cloud of yellowed scraps of paper flutters into the air and as it falls slowly to the ground another handful is flung up.He stops. Those objects bring a pang to his heart. much older. then fling up a nimbus of paper and dust. His eyes go over to the nails in the wall.. because they crumble in his fingers. Toto mustn't come back to Giancaldo. stuffed away in boxes. SALVATORE This afternoon.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore when the papers talked about you. But to no avail. 120 CINEMA PARADISO. as if he expected to find something else. which come off. never!!' He didn't say it to be mean. listening on the phone to SALVATORE'S voice.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . his hands plunge in. file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. I'll never be with anybody else. looking through the countless yellowed receipts. you'd have surely come. He opens it: inside is a reel of film. where other stacks of receipts are hanging.. I promise. He clasps the scrap of paper. flings piles of receipts into the air. He yanks off two or three packs. It's the one! The message scribbled on it can still be seen. glances at a few dates. well preserved. picks themup and goes through them one by one. almost brown. He leans over.. SALVATORE'S VOICE (Off-screen) Salvatore. then throws them into the air. delicately.And then all of a sudden. He reads it. and the things that ANNA said. almost a defiance of the passing of time. ELENA When are you leaving? SALVATORE opens his eyes. I'll explain later what happened. there are same more sheets. he told your mother not to let you know.. Elena. And a moment before he shut his eyes. INT/EXT. Elena. nail and all. He got furious and said 'No. Love and kisses. We're moving there. but he feels disappointed. A desperate search. He continues with greater determination. never! One time your mother said that if he wanted. thumbs " it through them hastily. wonders what it can be.. DAY ELENA stands near the window overlooking the little square. Not finding you here was terrible. SALVATORE Did he ever think of meeting me? ANNA No. tries to discover the oldest dates at the bottom. and his brimming eyes darken with regret. some film titles he recognizes from that time. But you' re the only one I love.. SALVATORE is in the projection booth. I had to read them two or three times. a film title. His eyes concentrate on the mildewed scraps of paper. tosses away his cigarette. and all at once an astonished look appears on his face in his hands is a receipt that has been turned over. He was a decent man. in anger. Don't abandon me. INT. She can see him through the transparent curtain speaking on the phone down below in the café. 121 CAFÉ~ IN SQUARE AND ELENA'S HOUSE. Unfortunately. forgive me.

the one who used to close down the square at night.. remember? (Down in the cafe. Mice dart out of the ruins in terror. Even meeting last night was nothing but a dream. folds inward and disappears for ever in a gigantic cloud of white smoke that rises into the air. Old SPACCAFICO is in the crowd. desperately. hooting and laughing. tenderly.. Be gazes at the front of the old movie theatre. (It's farewell... 127 ROME. SALVATORE sees her joking with friends and pointing to some boys chasing the mice across the square. DAY The inside of the theatre. DAY . kept at a safe distance by firemen and policemen. Salvatore. a blinding flash and.. EXT. 125 ELENA' S HOUSE.. A group of youngsters scream.SALVATORE'S hands giving a STUDIO PROJECTIONIST the rusty metal can left him by ALFREDO. 126 SQUARE AND CINEMA PARADISO. Enveloped in the white cloud. Elena. with nobody even noticing. (Smiling) We never did it when we were kids. unmoving.there is no future. ELENA'S DAUGHTER.. SALVATORE is also there. filthy and covered in rags. as if something had burst inside her.. The houses on the two streets on either side of the theatre are covered by enormous pieces of gray canvas. speaks softly. the square's mine. She is alone. INT. SALVATORE nods his head slowly.. Never.All of a sudden.) Now that it's happened. smiling.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore ELENA interrupts him.. EXT.. ELENA No. fade to.. There is an empty look in his eyes and he repeats obsessively in a low voice: VILLAGE IDIOT The square's mine. 124 SQUARE AND CINEMA PARADISO. the square's mine. And the bang distresses her. DAY SALVATORE's face. And there is an unreal silence. I don't think there could have been a better ending.. and no cars and motorcycles are parked in the middle. There's only the past. makes his way through the crowd. Be watches him walk off. STUDIO VIEWING-ROOM..a deafening roar rends the air. Among them. From the ruins of the Cinema Paradiso. a crowd of curious onlookers waiting in front of the movie house. There is no one. SALVATORE glances one last time at that window. scamper nervously into the square. From her face to. unusually empty.. The crowd now moves over to the huge empty space where the movie house once stood. 122 CINEMA PARADISO. DAY The square. raving... on that season of his life turning into smoke and dust. 123 CINEMA PARADISO... EXT. amused and excited. a beautiful dream. his eyes fixed on those falling ruins. DAY The echo of the explosion is also heard in ELENA'S house. As a white-haired OLD TRAMP.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . carried by the wind towards the crowd. completely empty. The stores are shut. And the Cinema Paradiso suddenly collapses. stiff. SPACCAFICO stands crying in silence. INT. accompanied by a surge of amazement in the crowd...) SALVATORE I'll never agree with you. Only now does the camera discover in the distance. INT. The murmuring voices are drowned out by the deafening roar of an airplane. DAY . file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. SALVATORE recognizes him.. it's the VILLAGE IDIOT.

A bizarre. another kiss. Aren't you happy? SALVATORE It's all right. but we've already received a mountain of telegrams. A whole movie season summed up in a few fragments. SALVATORE walks off towards the viewing theatre. It is the most profound act of love he has ever seen. As soon as you're ready you can start. PROJECTIONIST OK. Rita Hayworth. Luisa Ferida. one . He laughs as tears shine in his eyes. A number trailer goes by and then SALVATORE sees the first shots. Massimo Gironi. It consists of all the kisses ALFREDO cut out of the films and kept for him.. And yet it looks like a firstrate editing job. just about everyone. Marta Abba. moved to tears. the producer. after the other. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. names famous and names unknown in the history of movies. Humphrey Bogart. file:///C|/Users/Nagaraju/Downloads/Cinema%20Paradiso%20script%20by%20Giuseppe%20Tornatore. Now the lights go down. ASSISTANT The official notification of the award just came out. And the age-old words appear 'THE END'. Ingrid Bergman. the last kiss marking the happy ending of a film. Gary Cooper. when he was a little boy. Marlene Dietrich. Tyrone Power. at random. Anna Magnani. Congratulations on your film. delights him. SALVATORE is overwhelmed. SALVATORE Thanks. An ASSISTANT comes up to them. A start of intense amazement and joy suddenly runs through him.. Up on the screen. The press conference is in the afternoon.. A COLLEAGUE of SALVATORE comes up behind him. Doris Durante. Clark Gable. We'll talk about it later. The actors will also be there. poignant. Greta Garbo. It's terrific. a few seconds. Vittorio De Sica. SALVATORE Well? COLLEAGUE The distributor is opening up the film earlier.Cinema Paradiso script by Giuseppe Tornatore SALVATORE Please check the splices.. Rudolph Valentino. It's the best piece of film he has ever seen. They have been spliced together. melancholy parade. same of them even upside down.htm[3/3/2012 11:45:26 PM] . The beam of light shines out of the little square hole of the projection booth and the screen lights up. SALVATORE is by himself in the small viewing theatre. In rapid sequence the passionate kisses between actors and actresses. Assia Noris. Alida Valii. astounds him. Amedeo Nazzari.

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