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Illuminata (1998)

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It's the start of the 20th century, and Tuccio, resident playwright of a theatre repertory company offers the owners of the company his new play, "Illuminata". They reject it, saying it's ... See full summary »

Director:

John Turturro

Writers:

Brandon Cole (play), Brandon Cole (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Bassi Leo Bassi ... Beppo
Henri Behar Henri Behar ... Pitou
Maurizio Benazzo Maurizio Benazzo ... Passerby
Fernando Bolles Fernando Bolles ... Boy #2
Katherine Borowitz ... Rachel
Jeff Braun Jeff Braun ... Duke
David Cale ... Journalist
Georgina Cates ... Simone
Kenny Cranna Kenny Cranna ... Scruffy man
Beverly D'Angelo ... Astergourd
George DiCenzo ... Jailor
Timothy Doyle Timothy Doyle ... Aristocrat #1 (as Timothy Doyle)
Ben Gazzara ... Old Flavio
Alexander Goodwin ... Crying boy
Amo Gulinello Amo Gulinello ... Pupo
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Storyline

It's the start of the 20th century, and Tuccio, resident playwright of a theatre repertory company offers the owners of the company his new play, "Illuminata". They reject it, saying it's not finished, and intrigue starts that involves influential critic Bevalaqua, theatre star Celimene, young lead actors and other theatre residents. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Spain | USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1999 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Häivähdys paratiisista See more »

Filming Locations:

Jersey City, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,264, 8 August 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$836,641, 14 November 1999
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cinematographer Harris Savides (1957-2012) has an uncredited part as a theatre patron who walks up to John Turturro's character Tuccio, the resident playwright of the theatre, and says to him: "Did you see the play? I hated it.". See more »

Quotes

[looking at a youthful and beautiful actress 20 years her junior, says wistfully]
Celimene: Someday I shall look like that. I'm beginning to be able to play ingénues.
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Illuminating!
17 June 2006 | by LollyblueCatSee all my reviews

Brilliantly directed and acted, although not very popular movie. For those who don't now how it's like to work and live in the theatre this movie explains it all. It's charming and bewitching, incredibly funny and romantic and above all very truthful. This is a masterpiece! Made by a man who knew what he was doing and who obviously spent a lot of his time on stage. The most important thing in one actor's life is love, which inspires him to create. Tuccio is in his middle age crisis and he wrote a play about a husband who leaves his wife for a much younger woman. The play is very modern for that time and nobody seems to understand it, except Tuccio's wife who knows about his affair with popular actress Celimene. Christopher Walken is terrific in his role of gay-critic Bevalaqua! In few words - YOU MUST SEE THIS FILM!


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