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A Month by the Lake (1995)

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For 16 years Miss Bentley has been spending April at an elegant hillside villa on Lake Como. This year, 1937, her London society artist father has recently died and the only other ... See full summary »

Director:

John Irvin

Writers:

H.E. Bates (from: the novella "A Month by the Lake" by), Trevor Bentham (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vanessa Redgrave ... Miss Bentley
Edward Fox ... Major Wilshaw
Uma Thurman ... Miss Beaumont
Alida Valli ... Signora Fascioli
Carlo Cartier Carlo Cartier ... Mr. Bonizzoni
Alessandro Gassman ... Vittorio Balsari
Natalia Bizzi Natalia Bizzi ... Signora Bonizzoni
Frances Nacman Frances Nacman ... 1st American Lady
Paolo Lombardi Paolo Lombardi ... Enrico
Riccardo Rossi Riccardo Rossi ... Guido
Sonia Martinelli Sonia Martinelli ... Maria
Veronica Wells Veronica Wells ... 2nd American Lady
Carlotta Bresciani Carlotta Bresciani ... Bonizzoni Angel
Bianca Tognocchi Bianca Tognocchi ... Bonissoni Angel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ayanta Barilli Ayanta Barilli
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Storyline

For 16 years Miss Bentley has been spending April at an elegant hillside villa on Lake Como. This year, 1937, her London society artist father has recently died and the only other English-speaking guests are brash Americans. Then Major Wilshaw arrives. He suggests they meet for cocktails and Miss Bentley stands him up -- not even thinking about it -- as she helps the new nanny of an Italian family settle in. Miss Beaumont, a tall, young American who has dropped out of finishing school in Switzerland, is bored and finds some amusement in flirting with the major, whose libido is awakened for the first time since before the great war. And Miss Bentley now finds more about the major to admire than his ears. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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A charming, wealthy English gentleman. Two beautiful women. If it only takes a moment to fall in love, imagine what can happen in...

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for moments of sensuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor à Beira do Lago See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Como, Lombardia, Italy

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,196,534
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Anuline,Miramax See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This film also reunites Edward Fox with Vanessa Redgrave since their previous film Oh! What a Lovely War (1969). There is a gap of twenty-six years between the two films. See more »

Goofs

When Miss Bentley is listening to the BBC broadcast it reports a meeting between "M.P. [Member of Parliament] Winston Churchill" and German foreign minister Ribbentrop over German demands that, if not granted, would lead to war. The movie takes place in April 1939, and Churchill was not prime minister until May 10, 1940, and not yet a member of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's cabinet until September 3, 1939. While Churchill was still an influential member of the Tory party, it would have been unusual for the German Foreign Minister to confer with him and not Lord Halifax, who was Britain's Foreign Secretary at the time. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Miss Bentley: The story begins on Lake Como, many years ago during the last fantastic summer before the war.
Miss Bentley: Returning to the lake has always seemed like coming home. Everyone is so friendly. Everyone is welcome. The Villa Barbianello basks all day long in the lakeside sun, which is hotter than usual for late April.
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Soundtracks

Tuli-Tulip Time
Music by Maria Grevet
Words by Jack Lawrence
Performed by Accademia Musicale Italiana
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Delightful film... Great cast...
14 September 2001 | by rps-2See all my reviews

Take two outstanding British actors, give them a clever, witty script, set them in a gorgeous part of Italy and a fascinating era of history, and you can't help but produce a great movie. It's a romance but it's also a delicious send up of the vanity of men and the deviousness of women. Lovely work with superb photography and a haunting musical theme.It captures the essence of pre war Europe and the joy of Italian life even under fascism. Vanessa Redgrave and Edward Fox, two of my very favourite people, didn't disappoint me. Enjoyed it immensely


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