Superficial people are revealed and drastically changed by circumstance or luck in this tale of death, seduction, blackmail, and theft amongst British and Americans in Florence, Italy in the turbulent days just before World War II.Written by
In the late 1950s, Lana Turner was offered the lead role in a proposed adaptation of the novel. But after the killing of her lover, Johnny Stompanato, at the hands of her teenage daughter, Cheryl Crane, Turner's casting, and eventually the movie, did not come to fruition. See more »
When Anne Bancroft's character is reclining in the chaise lounge, the level of her drink goes from nearly full to nearly empty and back to nearly full in different shots while she is drinking it. See more »
If you like stories about the British upper class and their foibles abroad, you'll enjoy"Up At the Villa." (What a rotten title!) Edward Fox is the perfect gentleman (isn't he always?) Sean Penn is the perfect cad. (Isn't he always?) And Anne Bancroft notches up yet another role as the faded bitch. (Doesn't she do anything else these days?) It's a pretty straight and predictable love story/murder who done it, except we know all along that the victim "done it" to himself. It's in something the same genre as "Tea With Mussolini" with lovely shots of Florence and a faithful recreation of fascist Italy.
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