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English Nuovo Cinema Paradiso Essay Question Some characters have an influence over others Assess the positive and negative influences of characters over others in Nuovo Cinema Paradiso Giuseppe Tornatores film Nuovo Cinema Paradiso develops the story of a young boy searching for a father figure The film explores the paternal relationship which the boy develops and the influence the boy and surrogate father have upon each other It soon becomes apparent that it is the relationship between Alfredo the curmudgeonly projectionist and Toto the precocious and adorable boy where we witness the development of the moving story of friendship and guidance develop Though to fully understand how the relationship is formed and the extent of the influence it is first necessary to look back at the characters formative experiences which have pre-date their relationship Although the film doesnt divulge a great deal about Alfredo before his interactions with Toto we are able to gain a number of small but important insights in to his life through his early conversations with Toto While Alfredo is carrying Toto on his bicycle Alfredo makes mention to what he tells his children Toto being sharp witted bluntly informs Alfredo that he doesnt have any children Alfredo replies by saying Well that is what I will tell them when I have some Clearly Alfredo and his wife are too old to be starting a family The viewer observes that although Alfredo may not be consciously aware of his longing for a child he possesses this desire which is expressed through his words and actions We also soon observe that although Alfredo is not an academically educated man there is no doubt that he possesses a wealth of worldly wisdom of which he wishes share It becomes clear that Alfredo is warm and good natured man who possesses a paternal desire to gain respect as a father figure Totos home is
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