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Wings of Fame (1990)

A famous movie actor (Peter O'Toole) claims that he has written a book. As result, a real author, not a very well known writer, vengenfully kills him but then dies as a result of an ... See full summary »

Director:

Otakar Votocek
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3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter O'Toole ... Cesar Valentin
Colin Firth ... Brian Smith
Marie Trintignant ... Bianca
Andréa Ferréol ... Theresa
Robert Stephens ... Merrick
Ellen Umlauf ... Aristida
Maria Becker ... Dr. Frisch
Walter Gotell ... Receptionist
Gottfried John ... Zlatogorski
Michiel Romeyn ... Baldesari
Nicolas Chagrin Nicolas Chagrin ... Delgado
Ken Campbell Ken Campbell ... Head Waiter
Mark Tandy ... Composer
Dagmar Schwarz Dagmar Schwarz ... Beate
Phil Warnett Phil Warnett
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A famous movie actor (Peter O'Toole) claims that he has written a book. As result, a real author, not a very well known writer, vengenfully kills him but then dies as a result of an accident. Next, they both find themselves in after-life, where souls of all famous people are gathered. Written by Anonymous

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If you think life is strange, wait till you see what comes next.

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Cesar Valentin: You don't know why you killed me? I don't think I like having been killed for no reason, and so you will think of one. *Now*
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Soundtracks

L'amour partira demain
Written by Jean-François Fréret, Serge Perathoner & Jannick Top
Performed by Marie Trintignant
Courtesy of Ariola Records
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Great, rarely seen movie
26 December 2014 | by mikeatdtSee all my reviews

I was lucky enough to see this film at the Chicago Film Festival in the early 90s, and also to participate in a discussion after the screening with the director. I had not seen it again until today, broken up in 9 parts on YouTube. I remembered it vividly, though some 25 years have passed. A very clever philosophical comedy, beautifully shot with wonderful acting. It's a tragedy that this movie is so hard to find (especially considering Colin Firth's current popularity) and shocking that the director hasn't directed more than just one other feature and a short. I remember him telling us that most of the shots were improvised, not the acting of them, but the set ups and lighting, which is amazing considering how beautiful the movie is. It's really one of those "every shot looks like a painting" type films. The YouTube print actually does it justice, but I would love to get a DVD somehow. Anyway, however you can, see this movie. And someone hire this director again.


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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1990 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

First Floor Features See more »
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Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color
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