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The ordinary world to Salvatore takes place in a small village in Sicily The most frequented place by the locals is a cinema that shows mostly Western films black and white The time is around the 1930s and 1940s era Salvatore is just a small boy with an acute fascination with movies especially the projection booth Salvatore meets his mentor figure early on Its the projectionist Alfredo A much older man than Salvatore eventually they become close friends Alfredo teaches Salvatore about moviemaking life love and philosophy - things that Salvatore will never forget The crossing of the threshold basically is the persistence of Salvatore One day Salvatores mother is beating him for not buying milk instead going to watch a movie Alfredo witnesses this and comes to the rescue by convincing his mother that Salvatore just lost the money and Alfredo found and paid off his mother This was a turning point for Alfredo by helping a child that he turns away nearly every day Salvatore is constantly testing Alfredos patience This makes the story very real as small children usually test the patience of adults mainly teachers Salvatore already has his strongest ally Alfredo but is falling in love with a girl named Elena Approaching the inner-most cave happens the day of the graduation exams and Alfredo and Salvatore are both taking the same exam Alfredo is in need of help he cant remember the answers so he signals Salvatore Together the two make a silent pact Salvatore will help Alfredo pass his test and Alfredo will teach Salvatore the wonders of moviemaking The supreme ordeal is when the film in those days made of cellulose nitrate highly combustible begins to catch fire and sets the projection booth aflame Alfredo is caught in the flames with no way out and is badly hurt Salvatore comes to his aid pulling him down French stairs by his ankles Eventually the two
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