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Stealing Beauty (1996)

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After her mother commits suicide, nineteen year old Lucy Harmon travels to Italy to have her picture painted. However, she has other reasons for wanting to go. She wants to renew her ... See full summary »

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Bernardo Bertolucci (story), Susan Minot
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlo Cecchi Carlo Cecchi ... Carlo Lisca
Sinéad Cusack ... Diana (as Sinead Cusack)
Joseph Fiennes ... Christopher
Jason Flemyng ... Gregory
Anna Maria Gherardi Anna Maria Gherardi ... Chiarella Donati
Jeremy Irons ... Alex
Jean Marais ... M. Guillaume
Donal McCann ... Ian
D.W. Moffett ... Richard
Ignazio Oliva Ignazio Oliva ... Osvaldo Donati
Stefania Sandrelli ... Noemi
Francesco Siciliano ... Michele Lisca
Mary Jo Sorgani Mary Jo Sorgani ... Maria
Leonardo Treviglio Leonardo Treviglio ... Lieutenant
Liv Tyler ... Lucy Harmon
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Storyline

After her mother commits suicide, nineteen year old Lucy Harmon travels to Italy to have her picture painted. However, she has other reasons for wanting to go. She wants to renew her acquaintance with Nicolo Donati, a young boy with whom she fell in love on her last visit four years ago. She also is trying to solve the riddle left in a diary written by her dead mother, Sara. Written by Kale Whorton <nikko11@mind.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The most beautiful place to be is in love.

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, some drug use and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Cecchi Gori Group

Country:

Italy | France | UK

Language:

English | French | German | Spanish | Italian

Release Date:

14 June 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dancing by Myself See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$103,028, 16 June 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,573,330, 15 September 1996
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The song used in the scene which Lucy rides on her tricycle to the Donati villa to look for Nicolo is "Glory Box" by Portishead. The song is about love. See more »

Goofs

As Lucy is writing on the corner of the newspaper, she jots down "the dye is cast" rather than 'the die is cast.' See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lucy: What are you doing?
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, there is a montage of Lucy (Liv Tyler) being recorded on a video camera during her travel to Italy by an unknown man. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

2 Wicky
Performed by Hoover
Written by Alex Callier
Composed by Raymond Geerts / Alex Callier
Courtesy of EMI Music Publishing Belgium NV. c/o EMI April Music Inc. (ASCAP)
Including sample of "WALK ON BY"
Performed by Isaac Hayes
Written by Burt Bacharach, Hal David
Courtesy of New Valley Music and Casa David Music (ASCAP)
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Blew Me away
26 July 2005 | by orion1orgSee all my reviews

This film blew me away. The hurt, love and pain expressed in this movie through the most simple forms of cinematography are amazing. A classical film of life and death, of love and pain. One of Liv Lylers best acting jobs. Again I agree that this is a film that maybe Americans won't really understand. Its very European in the way the individual characters interact. A must see for anyone who demands detail in a film. Its not just a love or romance film. Its about life in its purest form, about peoples imperfections and their desires. It brings out human nature as its over all theme. Once again, it blew me away. I haven't seen a film like this before.


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