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Stealing Beauty (1996)

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After her mother commits suicide, a young woman travels to Italy in search of love, truth and a deeper connection with herself.

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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>

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Taglines:

The most beautiful place to be is in love.

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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

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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When Richard tells Lucy to stick out her tongue, her hair changes between shots from loose in front of her left shoulder, to tucked neatly behind it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lucy: What are you doing?
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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 »

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I Need Love
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beautiful scenery (and plenty to chew on)
18 May 1999 | by piemanSee all my reviews

Considering that this is the same director that gave us The Last Emperor and 1900, it's hard to understand why this movie is so lame. It's full of talent--Liv Tyler, Jeremy Irons, etc.

One of the main subplots of the movie is that everyone is basically infatuated with Liv's character, even while they mock and tease her for her innocence. I wonder if director Bertolucci was infatuated as well. Unwrap all the outer layers of intrigue and pseudo artistry and you realize that this is basically another horndog movie. Liv Tyler is young and beautiful and a virgin. Who's going to nail her first?!! Set it in California and call it "The Sure Thing II."

Other than seeing the young Ms. Tyler and her co-stars get naked (which don't get me wrong, is a very good thing. Liv sure looks good without a shirt on), the best thing about the movie was the setting. I believe it's in Tuscany and just watching it makes me want to take out a second mortgage on my home and rebuild my backyard. Amazing gardens, ponds, pools, trees, countryside, patios, etc.

Anyway, very slow. Sort of reminded me of a nude version of a PBS gardening show. Like "The Victory Garden: Pink buds on our apple trees and on Liv Tyler too!"


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