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Illuminata (1998)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Bassi ...
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Fernando Bolles ...
Boy #2
Jeff Braun ...
Kenny Cranna ...
Scruffy man
Timothy Doyle ...
Aristocrat #1 (as Timothy Doyle)
Old Flavio
Alexander Goodwin ...
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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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Rated R for sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

1 May 1999 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Häivähdys paratiisista  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$836,641 (USA) (12 November 1999)

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


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Inside the "theater", but not too inside.
15 August 1999 | by (Pasadena, CA USA) – See all my reviews

Wonderful characters, glib and meaningful dialogue, a portrait of theater and its denizens so complete you believe the film is a biography.

There are no small actors here because there are no small parts. What might have been a cameo becomes a pivotal role.

It has been said that the film was missing direction. Not at all. What was happening there was style. This guys loves women and shape and color, and what he likes best is wit.

The entire cast....and that is everybody, was wonderful, so good you could smell the sweat. Camera and sets were so good you could hear floor boards creak. Music, well and tastefully done.

Recommendation: see it once for the discovery, twice for the appreciation, three times for the education. You will not be bored.

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