Cinema Paradiso celebrates not merely the joy of film, but the thrill of projecting movies. This is an activity that a super majority of film fans have no clue or care about. Even during the era of 35mm, the average filmgoer bought their ticket, loaded up on popcorn, sat in their seat and waited for the screen to light up. Rarely did people look at the back of the theater to the small windows of the projection booth. The only time they care for that space was when the film missed a sprocket, jammed and burned up. Even then the average film lover had no clue what the projector would go through to give them their movie magic. Which is fine. They are there to be immersed in the illusion of cinema and not know all the tricks. For most of my life, I was one of those people until I went to film school and met Ray Regis.