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Illuminata (1998)

R | | Drama, Romance | 1 May 1999 (Japan)
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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 »
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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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Details

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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Inside the "theater", but not too inside.
15 August 1999 | by cowboy-27See all my reviews

Wonderful characters, glib and meaningful dialogue, a portrait of theater and its denizens so complete you believe the film is a biography.

There are no small actors here because there are no small parts. What might have been a cameo becomes a pivotal role.

It has been said that the film was missing direction. Not at all. What was happening there was style. This guys loves women and shape and color, and what he likes best is wit.

The entire cast....and that is everybody, was wonderful, so good you could smell the sweat. Camera and sets were so good you could hear floor boards creak. Music, well and tastefully done.

Recommendation: see it once for the discovery, twice for the appreciation, three times for the education. You will not be bored.


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