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Illuminata (1998)

R | | Drama, Romance | 1 May 1999 (Japan)
It's the start of the 20th century, and Tuccio, resident playwright of a theatre repertory company offers the owners of the company his new play, "Illuminata". They reject it, saying it's ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Bassi ...
Beppo
Henri Behar ...
Pitou
Maurizio Benazzo ...
Passerby
Fernando Bolles ...
Boy #2
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Rachel
Jeff Braun ...
Duke
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Journalist
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Simone
Kenny Cranna ...
Scruffy man
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Astergourd
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Jailor
Timothy Doyle ...
Aristocrat #1 (as Timothy Doyle)
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Old Flavio
Alexander Goodwin ...
Crying boy
Amo Gulinello ...
Pupo
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It's the start of the 20th century, and Tuccio, resident playwright of a theatre repertory company offers the owners of the company his new play, "Illuminata". They reject it, saying it's not finished, and intrigue starts that involves influential critic Bevalaqua, theatre star Celimene, young lead actors and other theatre residents. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »
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1 May 1999 (Japan)  »

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Häivähdys paratiisista  »

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Opening Weekend:

$53,264 (USA) (6 August 1999)

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$836,641 (USA) (12 November 1999)
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Cinematographer Harris Savides (1957-2012) has an uncredited part as a theatre patron who walks up to John Turturro's character Tuccio, the resident playwright of the theatre, and says to him: "Did you see the play? I hated it.". See more »

Quotes

[looking at a youthful and beautiful actress 20 years her junior, says wistfully]
Celimene: Someday I shall look like that. I'm beginning to be able to play ingénues.
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Illuminating!
17 June 2006 | by (Serbia and Montenegro) – See all my reviews

Brilliantly directed and acted, although not very popular movie. For those who don't now how it's like to work and live in the theatre this movie explains it all. It's charming and bewitching, incredibly funny and romantic and above all very truthful. This is a masterpiece! Made by a man who knew what he was doing and who obviously spent a lot of his time on stage. The most important thing in one actor's life is love, which inspires him to create. Tuccio is in his middle age crisis and he wrote a play about a husband who leaves his wife for a much younger woman. The play is very modern for that time and nobody seems to understand it, except Tuccio's wife who knows about his affair with popular actress Celimene. Christopher Walken is terrific in his role of gay-critic Bevalaqua! In few words - YOU MUST SEE THIS FILM!


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