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Under the Tuscan Sun ()


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A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.

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Frances
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Patti
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Katherine
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Marcello
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Martini
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Old Man with Flowers
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Placido
Anita Zagaria ...
Fiorella
Evelina Gori ...
Nona Cardinale
Giulia Louise Steigerwalt ...
Chiara (as Giulia Steigerwalt)
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Pawel
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Jerzy
Sasa Vulicevic ...
Zbignew
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Nino
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Signora Raguzzi
Laura Pestellini ...
Contessa
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Ed
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Grace
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Nasty Man
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Colleague
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Author
Johnny Radzik ...
San Francisco Guy (as John Radzik)
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Head Mover
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Apartment Manager
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Tour Member Rodney
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David Tour Guide (as Kristoffer Winters)
Sean Kaplan ...
Seat Mate
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Gay Tourist
Giuseppe Buondonno ...
Gay Tourist
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Gay Tourist
Andrea Saran ...
Gay Tourist
Giulia Bernardini ...
Gay Tourist
Marco Fubini ...
Rome Man #1
Davide Paganini ...
Rome Man #2
Pierfilippo Macchiavelli ...
Rome Man #3
Nuccio Siano ...
Gianni
Malva Guicheney ...
Gianni's Daughter
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German Woman
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German Man
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Dinner Guest
Salvatore Lazzaro ...
Contractor #1
Sandro Dori ...
Contractor #2
Marcello Marziali ...
Contractor #3
Domenico Gennaro ...
Marcello's Cousin
Romina Cansanella ...
Marcello's Niece
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Positano Policeman
Francesca Petrucci ...
Choir Singer
Chiara Porti ...
Signor Martini's Wife
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Frances' Divorce Lawyer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Audrey Wells

Written by

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Frances Mayes ... (book "Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy")
 
Audrey Wells ... (screen story)
 
Audrey Wells ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Katie DiMento ... associate producer (as Kate DiMento)
Laura Fattori ... executive producer
Mark Gill ... executive producer
Jon Goldman ... associate producer
Sandy Kroopf ... executive producer
Edoardo Petti ... associate producer
Tom Sternberg ... producer
Audrey Wells ... producer

Music by

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Christophe Beck

Cinematography by

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Geoffrey Simpson ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Arthur Coburn
Andrew Marcus
Todd E. Miller ... film editor

Editorial Department

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Sabrina Miniucchi ... avid assistant: Italy
Mary Beth Smith ... negative cutter
Eduardo Sotelo ... post-production assistant
Ellen Taylor ... apprentice editor: Italy
Yvonne Valdez ... first assistant editor
Corinne Villa ... assistant editor: avid
Lee Wimer ... color timer
Pasquale Cuzzupoli ... dailies color grader (uncredited)
Todd E. Miller ... additional editor (uncredited)
Paolo Verrucci ... telecine colorist dailies: Italy (uncredited)

Casting By

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John Brace ... (casting: U.S.)
Linda Lowy ... (casting: U.S.)

Production Design by

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Stephen McCabe

Art Direction by

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Franco Fumagalli ... (as Gianfranco Fumagalli)
Gianni Giovagnoni ... (as Giovanni Giovagnoni)

Set Decoration by

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Nick Evans ... set decorator: american sets
Cynthia Sleiter ... (as Cinzia Sleiter)
Mauro Passi ... (uncredited)

Costume Design by

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Nicoletta Ercole

Makeup Department

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Francesco Nardi ... makeup artist
Alessio Pompei ... hair stylist
Maurizio Silvi ... makeup designer
Ronnie Specter ... key makeup: San Francisco unit (as Ronnie Spector)
Mauro Tamagnini ... hair designer
Candy L. Walken ... hair stylist: Diane Lane
Raffaella Ragazzi ... additional makeup artist: dailies (uncredited)

Production Management

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Manuela Cacciamani ... set coordinator
Brent W. Hall ... post-production supervisor (as Brent Hall)
Riccardo Neri ... unit production manager
Federico Santangelo ... assistant production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Anthony Cantor ... second second assistant director
Alberto Mangiante ... first assistant director
Robert J. Mooney ... second assistant director: San Francisco unit (as Robert Mooney)
Nilo Otero ... first assistant director: San Francisco unit
Barbara Pastrovich ... second assistant director
Nicola Marzano ... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Fabrizio Procaccini ... third assistant director (uncredited)
Luigi Spoletini ... first assistant director: additional photography (uncredited)

Art Department

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Barbara Ancarani ... art department administrator
Luciano Ceccotti ... greenery
Cristiano Donzelli ... storyboard artist
Tommaso Dubla ... head painter
Lorenzo Monaca ... standby painter
Karin Pavone ... art department administrator
Egidio Spugnini ... assistant art director
Claudio Villa ... prop master
Jody Weisenfeld ... set decorator: San Francisco unit
Chiara Balducci ... set decoration assistant (uncredited)
Cristina Cecili ... painter (uncredited)
Francesco Grant ... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Derrick Kardos ... graphic designer (uncredited)
Letizia Santucci ... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Mark Warren ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Stephen Balliet ... boom operator: San Francisco unit
Bob Beemer ... supervising sound mixer
Julie Feiner ... adr editor
Chris Fitzgerald ... adr recordist
Aaron Glascock ... supervising sound editor
Gary A. Hecker ... foley artist (as Gary Hecker)
Roberto Manfreda ... cableman
Scott Millan ... supervising sound mixer
Oscar Mitt ... first assistant sound editor
Piero Mura ... sound editor
Mark Onks ... re-recording engineer
Fred Peck III ... sound re-recordist (as Fred W. Peck III)
Kira Roessler ... dialogue editor (as Kira)
Katherine Rose ... foley artist (as Catherine Rose)
Brian Ruberg ... foley mixer
Curt Schulkey ... supervising sound editor
Mary Ruth Smith ... sound editor
Greg Steele ... adr mixer
Joanne Stephens-Smith ... boom operator (as Joanne Stevens Smith)
Nelson Stoll ... sound mixer: San Francisco unit
John Joseph Thomas ... foley editor
Ron Vignone ... assistant sound editor
Marvin Walowitz ... sound effects editor
Clive Winter ... sound mixer
Howard London ... adr mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Renato Agostini ... special effects supervisor
Stefano Corridori ... special effects
Massimo Cristofanelli ... special effects
John McLeod ... special effects supervisor: San Francisco unit
Al Broussard ... special effects supervisor: LA reshoots (uncredited)
Thomas Rasada ... special effects technician: LA reshoots (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Franklin Cofod ... line-up/editorial: Pixel Magic
Victor DiMichina ... digital imaging supervisor: Pixel Magic
Kevin Fisher ... scanning & recording: Pixel Magic
Bruce Harris ... composite artist: Pixel Magic
Bonnie Kanner ... visual effects executive producer: Pixel Magic
Bill Kent ... visual effects supervisor: Pacific Title
Robert Lowden ... matte painter: Pixel Magic
George Macri ... visual effects producer: Pixel Magic
Ray McIntyre Jr. ... visual effects supervisor: Pixel Magic (as Raymond McIntyre Jr.)
Karla McIntyre ... digital effects coordinator: Pixel Magic
Ray Scalice ... general manager: Pixel Magic
Geordie Spradling ... composite artist: Pixel Magic
Devin Uzan ... composite artist: Pixel Magic
Ozzie Carmona ... digital artist (uncredited)
David Emerson ... optical and digital line-up (uncredited)
Patrick Flanagan ... digital compositor (uncredited)
Joseph Francis ... animator: Pacific Title (uncredited)
Mark Freund ... visual effects supervisor: Pacific Title (uncredited)
Jim Gorman ... digital compositor (uncredited)
Brad Kalinoski ... digital compositor (uncredited)
Rodney Montague ... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Reid Paul ... digital effects supervisor (uncredited)
Kevin Struckman ... cg artist: Pixel Magic (uncredited)
Bob Wiatr ... digital compositor: Pacific Title (uncredited)

Stunts

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Massimiliano Bianchi ... stunt camera-vehicle assistant (uncredited)
Alessandro Novelli ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Franco Biciocchi ... still photographer
Fausto Cancellieri ... best boy grip
Matteo Carlesimo ... camera assistant: "a" camera
Greg Davies ... gaffer: San Francisco unit
Francesco Di Giacomo ... camera assistant: "b" camera
Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci ... director of photography: second unit (as Gianni Fiore Coltellacci)
Paolo Frasson ... dolly grip
John Gazdik ... first assistant camera: "b" camera, San Francisco unit
Luke Hock ... best boy grip: San Francisco unit
Sofía Karakachoff ... vtr playback
Todd Kuhn ... key grip: San Francisco unit
Massimiliano Kuveiller ... clapper loader: "a" camera
John Lacy ... best boy electric: San Francisco unit
Emanuele Leurini ... second unit camera assistant
Emiliano Leurini ... second unit camera assistant
Gianmaria Majorana ... camera operator: "a" camera (as Gian Maria Maiorana)
Paul Marbury ... first assistant camera: "a" camera, San Francisco unit
Fernando Massaccesi ... gaffer
Marco Massaccesi ... best boy
Tonino Nigro ... genny operator
Johnny Radzik ... camera operator: "b" camera (as John Radzik) / director of photography: second unit (as John Radzik) / steadicam operator (as John Radzik)
Jimmy Stuart ... dolly grip: San Francisco unit
Doriano Torriero ... key grip
John Trunk ... video assist: San Francisco unit
Mario Tursi ... still photographer
Paolo Bovi ... grip (uncredited)
Fabio Ciotto ... second assistant camera: additional unit (uncredited)
Giovanni Gabriele ... electrician (uncredited)
Raffaele Massa ... focus puller (uncredited)
Michael Milella ... key grip (uncredited)
Flaviano Ricci ... grip (uncredited)
Luca Sardini ... electrician (uncredited)
Alberto Torrecilla ... additional first assistant camera: "c" camera (uncredited)

Animation Department

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Gary Hebert ... animator (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Giuliano Ghiselli ... extras casting: Tuscany
Beatrice Kruger ... casting: Italy
Veronika Mancino ... casting assistant
Sandy Holt ... additional special voice casting (uncredited)
Derek J. Marquardt ... casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Angela Anzimani ... set costumer
Angela Beale ... set costumer
Magdalena Paula Grassi ... costume production assistant (as Maddalena Grassi)
Rossella Palma ... assistant costume designer
Anna Lombardi ... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Maria De Los Angeles Parrinello ... assistant costume designer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Gerardo Albero ... location facilities manager
Nicola Fedrigoni ... assistant location manager
Boni Fraulo ... location manager: Positano
Massimo Iacobis ... unit production manager: Positano
Anna Nicolosi ... locations: Florence
Erik Paoletti ... location manager
Gianluca Passone ... location manager: Rome
Gail Stempler ... location manager: San Francisco unit
Fabio Turchi ... locations: Florence

Music Department

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Philip Ayling ... featured musician: oboe (as Phil Ayling)
Fernand Bos ... music editor
William Boston ... orchestrator (as Bill Boston)
Sandy DeCrescent ... music contractor
George Doering ... featured musician: guitar
Chris Douridas ... music consultant
Endre Granat ... featured musician: violin
Dan Higgins ... featured musician: clarinet
Chris Ibenhard ... featured boy solo vocal
Luana Jackman ... vocal contractor
Andrew Kaiser ... orchestrator
Jim Kanter ... featured musician: clarinet
Kevin Kliesch ... orchestrator (as Kevin Kleish)
Michael Lang ... featured musician: piano (as Mike Lang)
Stephen Lotwis ... music editor (as Steve Lotwis)
Frank Marocco ... featured musician: accordion
Andy Medforth ... guitar loops
Mike Nowak ... orchestra conductor
Casey Stone ... score mixer / score recordist
Tom Brown ... music preparation (uncredited)
Bryan Clements ... scoring crew (uncredited)
Mark Eshelman ... scoring crew (uncredited)
Mark Estes ... music preparation (uncredited)
Mark Graham ... music librarian (uncredited)
Jon Robert Hall ... off-camera singer (uncredited)
Karen Harper ... off-camera singer (uncredited)
Jim Hoffman ... music preparation (uncredited)
Mitchell Leib ... executive in charge of music (uncredited)
Adam Michalak ... score recordist (uncredited)
Cassandra Richburg ... musician: viola (uncredited)
Peter Rotter ... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Steven L. Smith ... music preparation (uncredited)
Pat Weber ... scoring technician (uncredited)
Don Welty ... music business and legal affairs (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Stella D'Onofrio ... script supervisor (as Stella Maria D'Onofrio)
K.L. Connie Wang ... script clearance administrator (as Connie Wang)

Transportation Department

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Doug Dovichi ... transportation captain: San Francisco unit
Tom Driskill ... transportation captain: San Francisco unit (as Thomas Driskill)
Mario Francini ... transportation captain
Rob Johnston ... transportation coordinator: San Francisco unit
Edoardo Moracci ... transportation coordinator (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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Simona Batistelli ... production coordinator
Daniela Berardi ... payroll accountant
Kate Bowe ... unit publicist
Daniele Brocchi ... set production assistant
Piernicola Bruno ... set production assistant
Giacomo Cardone ... set production assistant
Betsy Chory ... assistant: Ms. Wells, USA
Simone Cialoni ... office production assistant: Rome
Lara dall'Antonia ... production secretary
Carol DePasquale ... script supervisor: San Francisco unit (as Carol De Pasquale)
Willy Faso ... office production assistant
Alessandra Fortuna ... office production contact: Rome
Marco Fumagalli ... set production assistant
Jonathan Herman ... assistant: Mr. Sternberg
Stefania Jacchia ... payroll assistant
Andrew Kaiser ... assistant: Christophe Beck
Erin Kaufman ... assistant production coordinator: San Francisco unit
Justin Maurice ... cast production assistant
Franco Penna ... assistant accountant
Roberto Penna ... production auditor
Andrea Piria ... cashier
Michela Prodan ... dialogue coach
Jennifer Rivieccio ... personal assistant: Ms. Wells
Jay Roberts ... first assistant accountant / post-production accountant
Alessandro Ruggeri ... assistant production coordinator
Trinh-Dinh San ... location projectionist (as San Trinh Dinh)
Maria Assunta Sangermano ... personal assistant: Ms. Lane
Franca Silvi Taylor ... film assistant: Italy
Massimo Toreti ... shipping
Day Trinh-Dinh ... location projectionist (as Day Trinh Dinh)
Ellen Wolff ... production coordinator: San Francisco unit
Marco Adesso ... aerial crew and engineer (uncredited)
Pamela B. Green ... producer: main/end titles (uncredited)
Gary Hebert ... title designer (uncredited)
J.C. McIlwaine ... production assistant: San Francisco (uncredited)
Carla Maria Perrina ... accountant (uncredited)
Jason Reed ... production executive (uncredited)
Federico Santangelo ... production assistant (uncredited)
Yovel Schwartz ... production assistant: San Francisco (uncredited)
Francesco Scopelliti ... production assistant (uncredited)
Enzo Sisti ... fiscal representative italy (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Frances Mayes is a San Francisco-based literature professor, literary reviewer and author, who is struggling in writing her latest book. Her outwardly perfect and stable life takes an unexpected turn when her husband files for divorce. He wants to marry the woman with whom he is having an affair. Frances supported her husband financially as he was writing his own book, and he sues her for alimony despite her financial difficulties. And he wants to keep the house. Frances eventually accepts her best friend Patti's offer of a vacation, a gay tour of Tuscany which Patti and her lesbian partner Grace originally purchased for themselves before Patti found out that she is pregnant. The gift is a means to escape dealing with the divorce, from which Patti feels Frances may never recover emotionally without some intervention. Feeling that Patti's assessment may be correct in that she has too much emotional baggage ever to return to San Francisco, Frances, while in Tuscany, impulsively ditches the tour to purchase an aged villa, which ends up being a fixer-upper. Frances has many obstacles in eking out a productive and happy life in her new surroundings, that happy life which she hopes will eventually include rediscovering romantic love. In a discussion with sympathetic real estate agent Signor Martini, Frances outlines what emotionally she wants to accomplish with the villa, despite none of those items in a substantive material sense currently being in her life. In response, Martini tells her the story of a set of railroad tracks that were laid between Vienna and Venice before an engine that could make the trek being built, a train which now regularly travels the route. The question becomes whether Frances, in going through the process, will be laying another Vienna to Venice track, and if so whether that end product emotionally will be exactly as she envisions. Written by Huggo

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Taglines The Only Thing More Surprising Than The Chance She's Taking...Is Where It's Taking Her See more »
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Also Known As
  • Sotto il sole della Toscana (Italy)
  • Sous le soleil de Toscane (France)
  • Unter der Sonne der Toskana (Germany)
  • Bajo el sol de la Toscana (Spain)
  • Po Toskanos saule (Lithuania)
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Runtime
  • 113 min
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Box Office

Budget $18,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $9,751,425, 28 Sep 2003
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $58,878,723

Did You Know?

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Trivia The elderly owner of Bramasole, grateful for a sign that Frances is the "right" buyer, cries out, "Grazie, Santo Francesco!" when a bird defecates on Frances' head. "Santo Francesco" is Saint Francis, the patron saint of animals. See more »
Goofs When Signor Martini is next to the fireplace telling Frances about the train tracks through the mountains, the matchbox behind him moves around the top of the fire place. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Diane Lane/Wanda Sykes/Jonny Lang (2003). See more »
Soundtracks Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night in the Week) See more »
Quotes Frances: Do you know the most surprising thing about divorce? It doesn't actually kill you. Like a bullet to the heart or a head-on car wreck. It should. When someone you've promised to cherish till death do you part says "I never loved you," it should kill you instantly. You shouldn't have to wake up day after day after that, trying to understand how in the world you didn't know. The light just never went on, you know. I must have known, of course, but I was too scared to see the truth. Then fear just makes you so stupid.
Martini: No, it's not stupid, Signora Mayes. L'amore e cieco.
Frances: Oh, love is blind. Yeah, we have that saying too.
Martini: Everybody has that saying because it's true everywhere.
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