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Stealing Beauty (1996)

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 to solve the riddle left in a diary written by her dead mother, Sara. Written by Kale Whorton <nikko11@mind.net>

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The most beautiful place to be is in love.

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Drama | Mystery | 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)  »

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Dancing by Myself  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$4,573,330 (USA) (13 September 1996)
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The film is not just a drama and a love story, it is also a mystery. Lucy (Liv Tyler) sets out to solve a mystery in her deceased mother Sara's diary and uncover the identity of her biological father. See more »

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When Richard and Lucy fall over together on the lawn, a close-up shot shows Miranda watching them on her left. But in the wide shot when she smashes a plate, she is watching them on her right. See more »

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Miranda: I decided I had to get rid of it one summer before school. I ended up doing it with the same guy my best friend did it with. He was the local... deflowerer...
Christopher: I remember that guy! Oh Miranda, he was repulsive!
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Referenced in Afula Express (1997) See more »

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Glory Box
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Watch again and again to understand Bertolucci
19 October 2004 | by (New Haven, Connecticut) – See all my reviews

This is my favorite film. I first saw it in 1996 at the age of 16, and have been relentlessly teased ever since for enjoying it as much as I do. True film buffs, I am told, walked out on this one. I insist though that I don't have bad taste; the film simply struck a chord in me early on, and yes, it was probably because its was such a pretty film. Beauty can be quite a hook. Since then I have watched Stealing Beauty no less than a hundred times, studied Bertolucci's other films, and - of course

  • listened to the soundtrack, and the Mozart Concerti, so much that I


have been known to hum them in my sleep. Now, I know why I love it so much. Every time I watch Stealing Beauty, there is more to discover. The premise - looking for her father/true love - and the apparent conclusion seem no more than a frame work for a hundred different leitmotifs that Bertolucci seems strangely familiar with, fascinated by, and adept at expressing in all of his films.


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