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Besieged (1998)
"L'assedio" (original title)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  21 May 1999 (USA)
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When an African dictator jails her husband, Shandurai goes into exile in Italy, studying medicine and keeping house for Mr. Kinsky, an eccentric English pianist and composer. She lives in ... See full summary »

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Agostino
John C. Ojwang ...
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Massimo De Rossi ...
Patient
Cyril Nri ...
Priest
Paul Osul ...
Piano Buyer
Veronica Lazar ...
Piano Buyer
Gian Franco Mazzoni ...
Piano Buyer (as Gianfranco Mazzoni)
Maria Mazetti Di Pietralata ...
Piano Buyer
Andrea Quercia ...
Child pianist at concert
Alexander Menis ...
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Natalia Mignosa ...
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Lorenzo Mollica ...
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When an African dictator jails her husband, Shandurai goes into exile in Italy, studying medicine and keeping house for Mr. Kinsky, an eccentric English pianist and composer. She lives in one room of his Roman palazzo. He besieges her with flowers, gifts, and music, declaring passionately that he loves her, would go to Africa with her, would do anything for her. "What do you know of Africa?," she asks, then, in anguish, shouts, "Get my husband out of jail!" The rest of the film plays out the implications of this scene and leaves Shandurai with a choice. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Touched by Genius. Cursed by Madness. Blinded by Love.

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Rated R for brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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$159,289 (USA) (21 May 1999)

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$2,032,621 (USA) (30 July 1999)
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This was originally meant to be a 60 minute TV play until Bernardo Bertolucci decided to expand it. See more »

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A finely constructed film, a story worth telling.
19 June 1999 | by (British Columbia) – See all my reviews

After the first few minutes I knew I could just relax and enjoy this film -- that it would be well-acted, subtle, visually appealing and well-edited. Bertolucci presents an engaging variation of a love triangle with his characteristic sensitivity and attention to detail.

How wonderful to see a film in which the range of human emotions is revealed by acting instead of with clumsy or forced dialogue. We see his hand linger on her dress draped over a chair in her vacant room, her evolving and conflicting attraction and doubts shown in her gestures and expressions -- nothing overstated, much left to the imagination.

The musical score (Chopin, Coltrane, Keita and others) is in itself totally enjoyable as it binds together the images and themes of this fine film. Bertolucci's editing is superb. The film's climax and ending are, well, perfect.

Nine out of ten, maybe more -- I'll be seeing it again soon.


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