6.2/10
1,432
40 user 36 critic

Illuminata (1998)

R | | Drama, Romance | 1 May 1999 (Japan)
Trailer
1:55 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(play), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mac (1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Niccolo (Mac) Vitelli is the eldest of three brothers and leads their family after their beloved father dies. Their father was a builder and his sons continue in this family trade. At first... See full summary »

Director: John Turturro
Stars: John Turturro, Michael Badalucco, Carl Capotorto
Passione (2010)
History | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A look at the musical roots and traditions of Naples, Italy, as well as its influence on the rest of the world.

Director: John Turturro
Stars: Max Casella, John Turturro, Angela Luce
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A down-and-dirty musical set in the world of working-class New York, tells a story of a husband's journey into infidelity and redemption when he must choose between his seductive mistress and his beleaguered wife.

Director: John Turturro
Stars: James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet
Nosferatu (1922)
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife.

Director: F.W. Murnau
Stars: Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim
Fading Gigolo (2013)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Fioravante decides to become a professional Don Juan as a way of making money to help his cash-strapped friend, Murray. With Murray acting as his "manager", the duo quickly finds themselves caught up in the crosscurrents of love and money.

Director: John Turturro
Stars: John Turturro, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two anthropologists married to each other go to an island off of Papua New Guinea for field research in pre-World War II.

Director: Bill Bennett
Stars: Rufus Sewell, Martin Donovan, Maya Stange
Horror | Thriller

A suspected suicide turns mysterious when the victim, the worlds most famous singer, returns to do one final concert...Live.

Director: David Skato
Stars: Baldwin C. Sykes
O.K. Garage (1998)
Comedy | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Two best friends, Sean and Johnny, fall in love with school teacher Rachel, whose car breaks down all the time...

Director: Brandon Cole
Stars: Lili Taylor, Charles Santy, Olek Krupa
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A struggling auto mechanic with a criminal past agrees to one last heist to pay off his debts.

Director: Myles Connell
Stars: Christopher Walken, Peter McDonald, Anne Pitoniak
Celluloide (1996)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The difficult making of Roberto Rossellini's masterpiece 'Roma, città aperta (1946)' in a Rome still suffering from the wounds of just ended WWII.

Director: Carlo Lizzani
Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Massimo Ghini, Anna Falchi
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Bassi ...
Beppo
Henri Behar ...
Pitou
Maurizio Benazzo ...
Passerby
Fernando Bolles ...
Boy #2
...
Rachel
Jeff Braun ...
Duke
...
Journalist
...
Simone
Kenny Cranna ...
Scruffy man
...
...
Jailor
Timothy Doyle ...
Aristocrat #1 (as Timothy Doyle)
...
Old Flavio
...
Crying boy
Amo Gulinello ...
Pupo
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

1 May 1999 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Häivähdys paratiisista  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,264, 8 August 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$836,641, 14 November 1999
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Bevalaqua: He was so young and so untalented.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Exquisite (but not for everyone)
17 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is the best film I've seen this year. I'll go further than that: it's better than all but a few films I've seen in the last two years, including "Shakespeare in Love." Does this mean that I am giving "Illuminata" a universal recommendation? Well, no.

If you love the theatre, go see this film immediately. Travel hundreds of miles to see it, if you have to. It will be a transcendent experience, and your faith in motion pictures will be strengthened (or restored).

If you don't feel one way or another about the theatre but enjoyed "The Golden Coach" or "Les enfants du paradis," you'll enjoy "Illuminata" just as much.

On the other hand, if you don't like the theatre, or if you want your movies to have something to do with Real Life...well, let's just say that "Illuminata" will be wasted on you.

On that note, it's worth pointing out that "Illuminata" takes place at an important moment in the history of western theatre. The screenplay doesn't dwell on it, but the film is in some ways a chronicle of the struggle between symbolism and naturalism that took place during the last quarter of the 19th century and the first years of the 20th. Our hero, Tuccio, has written a symbolist drama reminiscent of Maurice Maeterlinck's "Pelleas et Melisande," while the owners of the theatre want to produce "Hedda Gabler," by the naturalist Henryk Ibsen.

On film, a compromise is reached. In life, naturalism won out. Our stages are dominated by the likes of Ibsen, Chekhov, and Miller; contemporary plays look oddly like sitcoms.

Support the fight against naturalism -- see "Illuminata."


12 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 40 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page