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Torrents of Spring (1989)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 9 February 1990 (USA)
In 1840, a young Russian aristocrat, Dimitri Sanin, is returning home after a long tour of Europe. In Germany, he falls in love with a beautiful pastry shop girl, Gemma Rosselli, who soon ... See full summary »

Director:

Jerzy Skolimowski

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Jerzy Skolimowski (screenplay), Arcangelo Bonaccorso (screenplay) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Hutton ... Dimitri Sanin
Nastassja Kinski ... Maria Nikolaevna Polozov
Valeria Golino ... Gemma Rosselli
William Forsythe ... Prince Ippolito Polozov
Urbano Barberini ... Baron Von Doenhof
Francesca De Sapio ... Mrs. Rosselli
Jacques Herlin ... Pantaleone
Antonio Cantafora ... Richter
Krzysztof Janczar ... Klueber (as Christopher Janczar)
Christian Dottorini Christian Dottorini ... Emilio
Alexia Korda Alexia Korda ... Mrs. Stoltz
Marinella Anaclerio Marinella Anaclerio ... Luisa
Pietro Bontempo Pietro Bontempo ... Man with Glasses
Thierry Langerak Thierry Langerak ... La luna
Xavier Maly ... Pulcinella
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Storyline

In 1840, a young Russian aristocrat, Dimitri Sanin, is returning home after a long tour of Europe. In Germany, he falls in love with a beautiful pastry shop girl, Gemma Rosselli, who soon starts sharing his feelings. They decide to get married and, in order to finance the wedding, Dimitri goes back to Russia to sell his family estate. Unfortunately he falls prey to a seductress, Princess Maria Nikolaevna, who pretends to be willing to buy his land to come nearer him. Now Sanin is in a fix: should he choose the pure Gemma or the evil but irresistible Maria? Written by Guy Bellinger

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | France | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Acque di primavera See more »

Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$111,747

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$111,747
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joseph Losey had once planned a film version of Turgenev's novel, from a screenplay by John Osborne and featuring James Fox in a leading role. It was never made. See more »

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Version of Studio One in Hollywood: Torrents of Spring (1950) See more »

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Don Giovanni
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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what a waste!
5 August 2004 | by dmangibson-1See all my reviews

Turgenev's novel is ripe for cinematic treatment but Jerzy makes one wrong decision after another and sucks the life and drama out of the novel. Though Timothy Hutton is a serviceable lead -- his Russian dance though completely out of character and not in the book is a standout -- Valeria Golino is horribly miscast as is Kinski. The script also takes such liberties with the structure and characterizations that the movie ends up collapsing under its own weight. As the filmmaker never truly establishes Hutton's commitment and love for Gemma we don't care what happens between he and Kinski. Throughout the movie the director takes what were written as character scenes and opens them up into elaborate set pieces -- the fair, the opera, the masked ball -- underscoring his insecurity about our attachment to his characters and their wants and desires. He also has the most annoying directorial tic of starting almost every scene by dollying the camera behind some foreground element; flowers, tree branches, curtains and then finding our characters making their entrance. Miramax should have repo-ed the dolly and track and given him a tripod to stick the camera on.

Turgenev deserves better. Read the book; it's much more cinematic on the page then in this film.

One last question: what is William Forsythe doing in this movie?


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