Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore
Man, I did not handle the last scene of this film well. I can't see anyone not crying during that scene, although I suppose people think the same thing about Terms of Endearment, which I watched with dry eyes. I just love movies so much! Okay, I'll stop before I start to blubber.
Salvatore, the young son of a war widow, loves films and spends all his spare time at the local movie theater. He develops a friendship with Alfredo, the projectionist, and eventually learns how to run the projector himself. He also starts experimenting with cameras, meeting the beautiful Elena in the process.
I didn't make that sound very interesting, but I wasn't sure what would constitute as a spoiler or not. This is just a film for movie lovers and since you are on a film blog, it's safe to say you would enjoy it (unless you are just here for my winning personality). Even without that element, the relationships and characters in this film are heartwarming; I don't think you can walk away from this movie without feeling just a little better about the world.
Tornatore's vision was that the film would serve as an obituary to the movie industry in Italy.