Cinema Paradiso is celebrating its 25th anniversary and I can happily say it is a work of cinematic genius. This isn’t something I can usually say because I don’t tend to watch films that fall into the category of “greatest films ever”, unless coerced – I got a shameful 64 out of 250 of IMDb’s top 250 films of all time. There are two reasons my score is even as high as it is: my male friends and boyfriend forcing me to watch such films (you all know who you are), and mandatory viewings in school. Cinema Paradiso was the latter, for a comparative study in Transition Year English.
Here are ten more films I’m so glad I was made watch in school and suggest you watch if you haven’t already. Classes marked with a * were Transition Year classes.
Inside I’m Dancing (a.k.a Rory O’Shea Was Here) – English
The Green Mile – Religion (Free Class)
Schindler’s List – History
Hotel Rwanda – Developing World*
The Shawshank Redemption – Religion (Free Class)
Of Mice and Men – English
Pan’s Labyrinth (a.k.a El Laberinto del Fauno) – Spanish
The Wind that Shakes the Barley – History
Michael Collins – Film Studies*
My Left Foot – Unknown (Free Class)**
** While I obviously can’t remember what class this was meant to be (it was at least five years ago) I think it was a last class before Christmas where we got to watch a movie.