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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
Nicola Di Pinto ...
Communal Functionary
Costantino Carrozza ...
The Collector
Jane Alexander ...
Princess
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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$116,797 (USA)
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Beata: I like love stories where everybody kisses and are happy ever after.
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Stunning To See, And A Sad Comment
5 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This attractive Italian film featured an interesting story and some pretty women. It's a story about a man who dupes the natives (Sicilians, in this case) into thinking they could become movies stars after paying money to him to get a personal screen test. This turns out to be a pathetic comment about the unrealistic lure of fame and fortune.

This film really looks good on widescreen DVD. It is gorgeous, just beautifully filmed, and I'm not just referring to the figures on the women.

The dialog is a bit strange, at least to us over here in the States. I suppose this is considered a comedy but I saw it more as a drama. Yes, there are laughs, but it's pitiful how easily people are duped and what their values are.

I found this an entertaining movie all the way through. With the nudity, it's not for kids (hence, the "R" rating.)


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