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The Star Maker (1995)
"L'uomo delle stelle" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  8 March 1996 (USA)
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Joe Morelli (Giuseppe Romolo)
Tiziana Lodato ...
Beata
Franco Scaldati ...
Brigadiere Mastropaolo
Leopoldo Trieste ...
Mute
Clelia Rondinella ...
Anna's mother
Tano Cimarosa ...
Grandpa Bordonaro
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Costantino Carrozza ...
The Collector
Jane Alexander ...
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Tony Sperandeo ...
1st Baldalamenti
Leo Gullotta ...
Vito
Luigi Maria Burruano ...
Flirtatious Client
Carmelo Di Mazzarelli ...
Old Man in Wheelchair
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Nurse
Domenico Dolce ...
Peasant on Bus
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"Dottore" Joe Moretti travels round Sicily doing screen tests for the big Roman studios. He's a conman and takes money or favours for his efforts. Beata, a young illiterate convent girl desperately wants to change her life and falls for him, belatedly he realises his feelings for her. Their love affair is doomed when he's arrested. Written by David Morgans <in2023@wlv.ac.uk>

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In the golden age of cinema, everyone dreams of becoming a star. One man promises to make all their dreams come true...

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Rated R for some strong sexuality, language and a brutal beating | See all certifications »
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Very strong drama
17 August 1999 | by (Cap-de-la-Madeleine) – See all my reviews

Master director Tornatore returns to the same subject of his wonderful Cinema Paradiso: a movie about movies. This time, at the end of the forties, a bad guy goes on the road of a very poor Italia pretending to be a scout for movie studios of Rome. But, in fact, his camera was stolen and had no tape in it. He steals money from these poor people full of dreams to become movie stars. Sometimes, they talk with their hearts with very deep emotions, but the man don't care. One day, a teenager takes very seriously her faith to be a movie star and goes with the bad man. Her love tortures the man. This is a strong statement about celebrity, dreams and poverty. Sergio Castellito, one of the best actors of Italy, gives a very strong performance, so is the charming young Lodato (Gee! Isn't she beautiful?) This movie is one of the best of the risky genre of movies about movies. For me, it's the third best of the kind, after Woody Allen Purple Rose of Cairo, and, of course, Cinema Paradiso. See this movie! It's a very moving intelligent piece of European savoir faire.


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