Cinema: A Priest of the Movie Faith

CINEMA PARADISO Directed and Written by Giuseppe Tornatore

Alone in the theater, Father Adelfio (Leopoldo Trieste), the little Sicilian town's ex officio movie censor, rings a bell whenever anything on the screen strikes him as salacious. Up in the booth, Alfredo, the projectionist (Philippe Noiret, who is becoming Spencer Tracy to our age), slaps a piece of paper into the reel marking the spot the priest has X-rated. The walls of Alfredo's aerie are festooned with ribbons of film he has cut from movies before showing them to the public, for the good father sees in even the most chaste movie...

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