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Stealing Beauty (1996)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  14 June 1996 (USA)
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After her mother commits suicide, nineteen year old Lucy Harmon travels to Italy to have her picture painted. However, she has other reasons for wanting to go. She wants to renew her ... See full summary »

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After her mother commits suicide, nineteen year old Lucy Harmon travels to Italy to have her picture painted. However, she has other reasons for wanting to go. She wants to renew her acquaintance with Nicolo Donati, a young boy with whom she fell in love on her last visit four years ago. She also is trying tosolve the riddle left in a diary written by her dead mother, Sara. Written by Kale Whorton <nikko11@mind.net>

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artist | italy | virginity | travel | chainsaw | See more »

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The most beautiful place to be is in love.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, some drug use and language | See all certifications »

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14 June 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dancing by Myself  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$103,028 (USA) (14 June 1996)

Gross:

£600,443 (UK) (13 September 1996)
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Trivia

The three poems we see Lucy (Liv Tyler) compose while in Italy are:
  • 1. I have her secret deep within for years I've had to hide I've bought the clues And now I'm hope To bring the truth outside


  • 2. I wait I wait so patiently I'm as quiet as a cup I hope you'll come and rattle me Quick! Come wake me up.


  • 3. The dye is cast The dice are rolled I feel like shit you look like gold.


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When Lucy enters the Tuscan Villa for the first time you see a swallow (Hirundo rustica) flying combined with the screeching call of the swift (Apus apus). See more »

Quotes

Lucy: Why are you crying?
Osvaldo Donati: Because I want to kiss you.
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'O CAMMELLO 'NNAMMURATO
Performed by Pino Daniele
Written by Pino Daniele
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America is not ready
1 July 1999 | by (Norman) – See all my reviews

When this filmed first came on the scene, there was a lot of critics that downed the intensity of this film... of course their favorite words were pseudoartistic crap. America is not ready for this film. Look at what we embrace in our films: blood, sex, nudity, shock value. America is not ready for a film that sees the attraction towards a 19 year-old as a natural thing. American normalcy sees this as wrong, deceitful, and impure. Bertolucci did not make a film, he reflected humanity through a camera. This film dives into our own psyche seeking the desires to be pure and innocent. Only America would see this as a piece of psycho sexual fantasy into our own pedophiliac desires. Watch it people, there's a substance that you're not used to seeing in everyday flicks.


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