Cinema Paradiso-Love What You Do!

There are so many great movies out there. I have recently started going back though and seeing some that I  remembered that I enjoyed. One such movie was the 1989 Italian classic, Cinema Paradiso.  For those who don’t know (or don’t remember) this is a coming of age movie about a filmmaker recollecting his childhood, his love with the movies in village’s tiny theater and the deep friendship he formed with the theater’s projectionist. There are a few quotes associated with the movies. One of the more minor ones though has always stuck with me.  The scene is when Alfredo is telling Toto (Salvatore) to leave the town he grew up in and go to Rome.

Alfredo: Get out of here! Go back to Rome. You’re young and the world is yours. I’m old. I don’t want to hear you talk anymore. I want to hear others talking about you. Don’t come back. Don’t think about us. Don’t look back. Don’t write. Don’t give into nostalgia. Forget us all. If you do and you come back, don’t come see me. I won’t let you in my house. Understand? 

Salvatore: Thank you. For everything you’ve done for me. 

Alfredo: Whatever you end up doing, love it. The way you loved the projection booth when you were a little squirt.

The second I heard that last line- “Whatever you end up doing, love it” -I remembered the impact it made on me 20 plus years ago.I always say it seems like 85% of the people who work today DON’T enjoy what they do. AND it has nothing to do with how much or how little money they make. Very powerful line, from a very wonderful movie.

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