Cinema Paradiso When I Was Term Paper

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The thread's broken. What you came to find isn't there. What was yours is gone. You have to go away for a long time... many years... before you can come back and find your people. The land where you were born. But now, no. It's not possible. Right now you're blinder than I am Life isn't like it is in the movies. Life is much harder." Then he commands Salvatore: "Get out of here. Go back to Rome. You're young. The world is yours. And I'm old. I don't want to hear you talk anymore. I want to hear others talk about you."

This dialogue couples with a shot of Salvatore actually going on his way. Here, the camera captures several images of Salvatore's hands embracing his mother and his sister. He then leans over and says "goodbye" to Alfred, who grabs him and whispers: "Don't come back. Don't think about us. Don't look back. Don't write. Don't give in to nostalgia. Forget about us."

Salvatore says, "Thank you, for everything you've done for me." They embrace. Alfred whispers, "Whatever you end up doing,
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love it. The way you loved the projection booth, when you wee a little squirt," and pushes his apprentice and son away. A tracking shot from the train shows Salvatore's point-of-view. Then the camera watches his reaction shot as the train pulls away from town.

Jump cut to the day that I left for the American Inter-Continental University. My parents hugging me, knowing that they can do no more. They have instilled the values, hopes and dreams for my future. Now it is time for me to set off on my own journey as Salvatore did as a young man.

Alfredo's parting words mean so much to me. "Whatever you end up doing, love it." This statement culminates all I learned from my parents. You need to love what you are doing. The only way to be wholly satisfied is to believe in the purpose and value of work. Do not settle. Keep searching. As with all matters of the heart, the right place and time will present itself. And, like any great relationship, it becomes better and better as the years roll…

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