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The Star Maker (1995)

L'uomo delle stelle (original title)
R | | Drama, Romance | 8 March 1996 (USA)
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A photographer and the types of people he encounters.

Director:

Giuseppe Tornatore

Writers:

Giuseppe Tornatore (story), Fabio Rinaudo (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergio Castellitto ... Joe Morelli (Giuseppe Romolo)
Tiziana Lodato Tiziana Lodato ... Beata
Franco Scaldati Franco Scaldati ... Brigadiere Mastropaolo
Leopoldo Trieste ... Mute
Clelia Rondinella ... Anna's mother
Tano Cimarosa ... Grandpa Bordonaro
Nicola Di Pinto ... Communal Functionary
Costantino Carrozza Costantino Carrozza ... The Collector
Jane Alexander Jane Alexander ... Princess
Tony Sperandeo Tony Sperandeo ... 1st Baldalamenti
Leo Gullotta ... Vito
Luigi Maria Burruano Luigi Maria Burruano ... Flirtatious Client
Carmelo Di Mazzarelli Carmelo Di Mazzarelli ... Old Man in Wheelchair
Antonella Attili ... Nurse
Domenico Dolce Domenico Dolce ... Peasant on Bus
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Storyline

"Dottore" Joe Moretti travels round Sicily doing screen tests for the big Roman studios. He's a conman and takes money or favours for his efforts. Beata, a young illiterate convent girl desperately wants to change her life and falls for him, belatedly he realises his feelings for her. Their love affair is doomed when he's arrested. Written by David Morgans <in2023@wlv.ac.uk>

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In the golden age of cinema, everyone dreams of becoming a star. One man promises to make all their dreams come true...

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for some strong sexuality, language and a brutal beating | See all certifications »

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Joe Morelli: We are here to offer you a fantastic future!
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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The Island of Dr. Morelli
2 October 2005 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

In Guiseppe Tornatore's 'The Starmaker', Dr. Morelli travels around post-war Sicily offering to turn people into movie stars. He is, of course, a con-man, but in giving the people a space to vent their dreams, he actually performs a kind of public service. It's a nice idea, and there are some charming details in the film, but as a whole, this movie is somewhat contrived and it runs of the risk of representing the Sicilian peasantry as little more than idiots. Some of the same themes (the death of traditional but impoverished societies, the desire of their inhabitants to escape to a new life, the semi-racist superiority of money-making outsiders) are dealt with more obliquely, but also more cleverly and in a broader context, by Guilo Amelio's breathtaking 'Lamerica', another Italian film made at about the same time, which I would heartily recommend.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | Sicilian | Spanish

Release Date:

8 March 1996 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Poggioreale, Sicily, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,915, 10 March 1996

Gross USA:

$371,674

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$371,674
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2.35 : 1
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