Recently widowed American opera diva Caterina takes her teenaged son Joe with her on a long singing tour to Italy. Absorbed in her hectic work in various Verdi operas around Rome, Caterina is soon shocked to discover that her troubled and lonely son has become a heroin addict. Her desperate attempts to wean the youth off the drug result in an incestuous relationship, but also in a possibility to reunite Joe--maybe even herself--with his real father, whose existence she has kept a secret from him. Written by
Catherine & her son share a desire that will shock you.
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Did You Know?
Theatrical feature film acting debut of Matthew Barry
who had previously worked in television and off-Broadway. Barry has gone onto work as both a casting director and an actor. For this movie, Barry answered an advertisement in the show business trade journal "Variety" which had been placed by director Bernardo Bertolucci
's casting agent for the role of the son in this film. Barry was selected as one of ten finalists from several dozen youthful aspirants to be interviewed by Bertolucci. After Barry's first reading of a scene, the competition was narrowed down to three contestants. Barry went screen tested in the semi-finals with actress Jill Clayburgh
, and, after a second test, won the role. See more
I want to be inside you.
Help me get my jeans off.
[She does this, more forcibly than he had expected
Christ! You didn't have to pull them all the way off. Now yours.
[He watches her with adoration as she undresses
You look better than Marilyn Monroe!
Now we kiss.
[Which they do, very passionately
'La Traviata' Act III, 'Preludio'
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
Orchestra and Chorus of "Teatro alla Scala"
Conducted by Tullio Serafin See more