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L'assedio (1998)

R | | Drama, Romance | 21 May 1999 (USA)
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When an African dictator jails her husband, Shandurai goes into exile in Italy, studying medicine and keeping house for Mr. Kinsky, an eccentric English pianist and composer. She lives in ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thandie Newton ... Shandurai
David Thewlis ... Jason Kinsky
Claudio Santamaria ... Agostino
John C. Ojwang John C. Ojwang ... Singer
Massimo De Rossi Massimo De Rossi ... Patient
Cyril Nri Cyril Nri ... Priest
Paul Osul Paul Osul ... Piano Buyer
Veronica Lazar ... Piano Buyer
Gian Franco Mazzoni Gian Franco Mazzoni ... Piano Buyer (as Gianfranco Mazzoni)
Maria Mazetti Di Pietralata Maria Mazetti Di Pietralata ... Piano Buyer
Andrea Quercia Andrea Quercia ... Child pianist at concert
Alexander Menis Alexander Menis ... Child at concert
Natalia Mignosa Natalia Mignosa ... Child at concert
Lorenzo Mollica Lorenzo Mollica ... Child at concert
Elena Perino Elena Perino ... Child at concert
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Storyline

When an African dictator jails her husband, Shandurai goes into exile in Italy, studying medicine and keeping house for Mr. Kinsky, an eccentric English pianist and composer. She lives in one room of his Roman palazzo. He besieges her with flowers, gifts, and music, declaring passionately that he loves her, would go to Africa with her, would do anything for her. "What do you know of Africa?," she asks, then, in anguish, shouts, "Get my husband out of jail!" The rest of the film plays out the implications of this scene and leaves Shandurai with a choice. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Touched by Genius. Cursed by Madness. Blinded by Love.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | UK

Language:

English | Italian | Swahili

Release Date:

21 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asediada See more »

Filming Locations:

Nairobi, Kenya See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$159,289, 23 May 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,032,621, 1 August 1999
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Dolby Digital

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in an abandoned villa in Rome near the Spanish Steps. See more »

Connections

References Chungking Express (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Le voyageur
Written by Papa Wemba (as P. Wemba) and M. Munan
Performed by Papa Wemba
Courtesy of Cobalt S.a.r.l.
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A masterwork full of sensuality
5 March 1999 | by AlvianiSee all my reviews

Saw this movie at the Italian premiere. The movie is really marvellous. One of the best Bertolucci ever made. I'm not interested in explaining the themes of the movie or the story itself, I prefer spending some words on the work of the director; fast, short, colorful and sensual are the right adjectives to describe Bertolucci's new way to direct. Let's think about "The Last Emperor" or "Little Buddha" and of their big dimensions. They were full of opulence. "L'Assedio" is not. Just the opposite. Intimate, short and light but at the same time full of emotions. Bertolucci's fans could recognize the presence of the director's touch also in this film.


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