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Franco Zeffirelli (autobiography)
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14 May 1999 (USA) See more »
A story of civilized disobedience
1935. A group of elderly British women, who the Italians have named the Scorpioni, have chosen Italy... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cher ... Elsa Morganthal Strauss-Armistan

Judi Dench ... Arabella

Joan Plowright ... Mary Wallace

Maggie Smith ... Lady Hester Random

Lily Tomlin ... Georgie Rockwell
Baird Wallace ... Luca
Charlie Lucas ... Luca (Child)
Massimo Ghini ... Paolo

Paolo Seganti ... Vittorio Fanfanni
Claudio Spadaro ... Mussolini
Mino Bellei ... Cesare
Paul Chequer ... Wilfred Random, aka Miss Lucy
Tessa Pritchard ... Connie Raynor
Michael Williams ... British Consul
Paula Jacobs ... Molly
Bettine Milne ... Edith
Hazel Parsons ... Hazel
Helen Stirling ... Ursula

Kathleen Doyle ... Norma
Gisella Mathews ... Elderly Lady (as Giselle Mathews)
Gianna Giachetti ... Signora Badaloni

Chris Larkin ... Major Gibson
Giovanni Nannini ... Sacristan
Pino Colizzi ... Dino Grandi
Jackie Basehart ... Count Bernardini (as Jack Basehart)

Giacomo Gonnella ... First Carabiniere
Clemente Abete ... Second Carabiniere
Roberto Farnesi ... Maurizio (as Roberto Farnese)
Chris Tattanelli ... Carmelo
Claudia Piccoli ... Anna, Lady Hester's Maid
Allan Caister Pearce ... American Dealer
Hermann Weisskopf ... German Officer (as Hermann Weiskopf)
Benedetta Magini ... Giulia Meyer
Beppe Landini ... Menotti, Hotel Manager
Giuseppe Rossi Borghesano ... Butler
Marcellina Ruocco ... Adriana
Ferdinando Ferrini ... Professor Cassuto
Massimo Salvianti ... Leading Fascist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Agranov ... SS Sergeant Gunther (uncredited)
Steven Blake ... Simon (uncredited)
Gavino Bondioli ... American (uncredited)
Fabio Fulco ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Rizia Ortolani ... Lady in the Coach (uncredited)
Luca Padrini ... Young Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Franco Zeffirelli 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Mortimer  writer
Franco Zeffirelli  autobiography

Produced by
Marco Chimenz .... executive producer
Clive Parsons .... producer
Pippo Pisciotto .... associate producer
Riccardo Tozzi .... producer
Giovannella Zannoni .... producer
Frederick Muller .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Stefano Arnaldi 
Alessio Vlad 
Cinematography by
David Watkin 
Film Editing by
Tariq Anwar 
Casting by
Mirta Guarnaschelli 
Emma Style 
Art Direction by
Carlo Centolavigna 
Biagio Fersini 
Fiorella Mariani  (as Gioia Fiorella Mariani)
Costume Design by
Anna Anni 
Jenny Beavan 
Alberto Spiazzi 
Makeup Department
Gaia Banchelli .... assistant makeup artist
Desideria Corridoni .... assistant hair stylist
Franco Corridoni .... key makeup artist
Maria Teresa Corridoni .... chief hair stylist
Lamberto Deli .... assistant hair stylist
Giuseppe Desiato .... assistant makeup artist
Leonard Engelman .... makeup artist: Cher
Albert Guiliani .... assistant hair stylist
Vivian McAteer .... hair stylist: Cher
Francesco Nardi .... assistant makeup artist
Zoe Tahir .... dailies hair stylist
Victoria Wood .... wig maker: Cher
Production Management
Pino Butti .... production supervisor
Alistair Hopkins .... post-production supervisor
Alessandro Loy .... production manager
Marco Olivieri .... unit manager
Rizia Ortolani .... unit manager
Flavio Tallone .... unit manager (uncredited)
Raffaele Veneruso .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luciano Bacchelli .... second assistant director
Filippo Fassetta .... second assistant director
Justin Muller .... first assistant director (as Justin I. Muller)
Daniele Nannuzzi .... second unit director
Francesco Papa .... assistant director
Pippo Pisciotto .... first assistant director
Luigi Spoletini .... second assistant director
Roberto Tatti .... first assistant director
Art Department
Mario Arena .... dressing props
Carlo De Marino .... assistant art director
Pasquale De Viva .... stand-by props
Ludovica Ferrario .... additional art department trainee
Ettore Guerrieri .... set dresser
Markos Keyto .... assistant art director
Monica Sallustio .... set designer
Maria-Teresa Barbasso .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Mark Auguste .... sound effects editor
Sam Auguste .... assistant sound editor
John Bateman .... adr mixer
Tony Bell .... boom operator
Richard Fettes .... foley editor
Dean Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Gerry Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Craig Irving .... sound re-recording mixer
Johannes Kovecny .... assistant sound editor
Mark Lafbery .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Gilberto Martinelli .... boom operator
Colin Ritchie .... adr editor
Steve Schwalbe .... sound effects editor
Brian Simmons .... production sound mixer
Fabio Venturi .... sound engineer
Mike Wood .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Giovanni Corridori .... special effects supervisor
Maurizio Corridori .... special effects technician
Claudio Quaglietti .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Alan Church .... visual effects supervisor
Sally Clayton .... digital effects artist: The Film Factory
Simon Giles .... visual effects producer
David Sewell .... digital effects artist: The Film Factory
Trevor Young .... digital effects artist: The Film Factory
Camera and Electrical Department
Philippe Antonello .... still photographer
Paola Barbaglia .... assistant camera
Elio Bosi .... key grip
Francesco Brioni .... assistant camera: second unit
Fabio Cafolla .... electrician
Giancarlo Checchi .... electrician
Antonio D'Arienzo .... electrician
Daniele D'Offizi .... focus puller: second unit
Daniele Dessena .... grip
Giuseppe Fabrizi .... electrician
Dominic Gaughan .... clapper loader
Mario Massaccesi .... gaffer
Franco Micheli .... grip
Mauro Mimino .... grip
Mark Moriarty .... camera operator
Carlo Postiglione .... key grip
Clive Prior .... focus puller
Massimiliano Sticchi .... electrician
Claudio Terlizzi .... electrician
Nicola Terlizzi .... electrician
Casting Department
Riccardo Bertoni .... extras casting
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Silvano Spoletini .... crowd casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ermanno Daelli .... costumes: Cher
Daria Gianassini .... wardrobe assistant
Alessandro Lai .... assistant costume designer
Claudette Lilly .... wardrobe assistant
Elsa Masseroni .... wardrobe assistant
Anna Orazi .... wardrobe assistant
Piero Risani .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Stefano Giovannini .... color grader
Mark Harris .... first assistant editor: London
Lucy Smith .... second assistant editor
Liberata Zocchi .... first assistant editor: Rome
Music Department
Stefano Arnaldi .... orchestrator
Claudio Messina .... music producer
Steve Parr .... music mixer
Alessio Vlad .... orchestrator
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Roberto Leone .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Angela Allen .... script supervisor
Tommaso Arrighi .... set production assistant
Marco Billeri .... animal trainer
Rebecca Booth .... assistant to director
Robert Booth .... dialogue coach
Roberto Canaro .... production accountant
Gilles Cannatella .... production assistant
Richard Fontenot .... pre-production assistant: Los Angeles
Deborah Gherardi .... location manager
Gina Gherardi .... location manager
Sally Grace .... dialogue coach
Pasquale Martino .... animal trainer
Maria Menarini .... jewels designer
Janice Mordue .... title designer
Suzanne O'Donnell .... assistant: Cher
Roberto Ornaro .... production accountant
Franco Penna .... production accountant
Stefano Priori .... production controller
Eugene Rizzo .... unit publicist
Sara Rossi .... production coordinator
Jennifer Ruiz .... assistant: Cher
John Sargent .... post-production accountant
Stefano Sciarra .... runner
Patrizia Serantoni .... assistant to producer
Val Sunderland .... production accountant
David Sweetman .... script consultant
Luciano Tartaglia .... production accountant
Mauro Venditti .... production assistant
Mark Thompson-Ashworth .... dialogue coach: Massimo Ghini (uncredited)

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Rated PG for thematic elements, language, brief nudity and some mild violence
117 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Arabella's dog Nikki is actually the director's dog.See more »
Revealing mistakes: The ladies protect the frescoes by building a wall around them using sandbags. But the bags are obviously filled with something light and fluffy, such as kapok or cotton.See more »
[first lines]
Title Card:Florence 1935.
Title Card:The love affair between the artistically-inclined English community and Florence was soon to be overshadowed by the clouds of war.
Title Card:But at the moment the sun is still shining on the squares and statues, and the dictator Mussolini is the gentleman who makes the trains run on time.
Connie Raynor:Excuse me, are you the Consul?
British Consul:Yes.
Connie Raynor:Connie Raynor of the Morning Post. I'm fascinated to know what His Majesty's Consul in Florence makes of it all?
British Consul:I can't believe your readers would be interested in our little ceremony.
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32 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
An ode to humanity, 6 March 2004
Author: Sentinela

This is a melodrama and you should not expect anything else. But what a melodrama! In the hands of a great director, using an eccentric story involving some eccentric people, it conveys straight to the heart how the great darkness descended upon Europe in the 1930's. It tells you that the greatest evil is the work of humans, and that the potential for evil lurks in the human soul. But, and here is the movie greatest strength, it shows you that humans possess the capacity to be human and to act human, when they heed Shakespeare's advice: "Love thyself last". All the negative comments that can be made about this or that deficiency caused me to downgrade this movie's rating from a "10" to a mere "9". Go see it. If you have kids - make sure to take them along for a great and satisfying lesson about life as it should be lived.

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