“I have several wonderful memories of [working with actor] Phillipe Noiret. Once I was preparing a shot, I had set a long dolly on a long down hill road. Now, in order to put the dolly at the same level, the grips even had to make a building – quite a complicated thing. When we finally were ready to rehearse, Noiret comes down with a pleased expression on his face. He said to me ‘you won’t be doing this in three or fours films’ time!’ I was astonished, and a little later I went up to him and asked ‘Phillippe, what did you mean the other day?’. He answered ‘Simply that in three or four films, you’ll learn to do things without all these complications – your work will become much simpler.’ So when I think about Noiret, I always think about the concept of simplicity, it was a nice lesson.”
Writer/Director Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso)
Released in 1988, Cinema Paradiso won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1989, the Grand Prix du Jury at the Cannnes Film Festival in ’89, and in 2010 was ranked #27 by Empire Magazines The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema, and currently #56 on the IMDB list of top rated movies. (A great little gem of a movie shot in Italy that you may have overlooked.)
P.S. Here’s an additional travel related Q&A from the Empire interview with Tornatore:
You’re famous for bringing Sicily to the screen. Which places do you most recommend people to see when they visit your home island?
That’s quite a difficult choice to make. I mainly love inland Sicily, the one of the Madonie and of the Nebrodi, because it is better kept. But, for example, the Zingaro’s reservation, close to the Trepani, is certainly a little piece of heaven fallen to earth. All the area surrounding the Etna is of an extraordinary beauty. The Necropoli Pantallica, Piazza Armerina and his mosaics, The Turks’ Stairs in Porto Empedocie, the Palagoina Villa in Bagheria, the wonders of pieces such as Taomina of cities as Palermo and Catania. But also all the places which I’m not able to mention here. I’m sure, they won’t disappoint visitors.