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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

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)

Gross:

$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 »

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Bevalaqua: He was so young and so untalented.
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Disjointed, failed film with great moments
13 September 1999 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

I went into this film really wanting to like it - it headlined a film festival earlier in the year, and boasted an all-star cast. But (and you could tell there was a "but" coming) it's a failure of a film. Outstanding character acting by Sarandon and Walken is destroyed by editing and the antics of the supporting cast. Turturro's performance is lackluster, and most of the comedy is overplayed. The recurring puppet shows are pointless, and a few scenes are completely out of place.

That said, there are some wonderful moments sprinkled in the film. A genuinely touching stage moment, several of the seductions, and a few of the comedic color actually work out. Unfortunately, they're overshadowed by the diffuse, incoherent script and some bad acting.


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