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Stealing Beauty (1996)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlo Cecchi ...
Carlo Lisca
Diana (as Sinead Cusack)
Anna Maria Gherardi ...
Chiarella Donati
Ignazio Oliva ...
Mary Jo Sorgani ...
Leonardo Treviglio ...


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The most beautiful place to be is in love.


Drama | Mystery | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

14 June 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dancing by Myself  »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$103,028, 16 June 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,573,330, 15 September 1996
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Alex mentions "Rakitin", a character in the play, 'A Month in the Country' by Ivan Turgenev. See more »


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 »


[first lines]
Lucy: What are you doing?
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References Les dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945) See more »


Performed by Paolo Passano
Written by Paolo Passano
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America is not ready
1 July 1999 | by 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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