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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 »

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Jerzy Skolimowski

Writers:

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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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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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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Remake of The Torrents of Spring (1959) See more »

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Don Giovanni
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TORRENTS OF SPRING (Jerzy Skolimowski, 1989) ***
7 June 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Stately period piece in the meticulous style of BARRY LYNDON (1975) - down to frequent shooting by candlelight - if done on a more intimate scale; actually the plot, adapted from a novel by Ivan Turgenev, is quite reminiscent of THE AGE OF INNOCENCE (1993). Still, it's not all solemnity and Skolimowski (who even appears, uncredited, in a brief but plum role) manages to insert his trademark irony and the odd visual touch on occasion!

Timothy Hutton and Nastassja Kinski may not look Russian, but they aren't too bad under the circumstances - she being especially radiant as the cold-hearted but irresistible temptress; ingénue Valeria Golino, then, is the final component of the romantic triangle. Despite the obvious Russian setting, the film was mainly shot in Italy (being an Italian/French co-production) - to where it actually relocates for the melancholy finale, which takes place against the colorful backdrop of the Venice Carnival.

The color utilized is generally muted and bathed in warm hues, with great care given to the lighting (most effective during a love scene inside a barn, set at dusk) - making the film's look and its overall period sense feel completely authentic. Though not usually linked with this type of film, Stanley Myers contributes a lovely score.


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