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The Vanity Serum (2004)

Il siero della vanità (original title)
The vips of italian television disappear in a mysterious way. Two detectives, Lucia and Franco, try to investigate in this mystery, drowning into a strange world, where the leader is the powerful star Sonia Norton.

Director:

Alex Infascelli

Writers:

Niccolò Ammaniti (story), Antonio Manzini (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margherita Buy ... Lucia Allasco
Barbora Bobulova ... Azzurra Rispoli
Valerio Mastandrea ... Franco Berardi
Francesca Neri ... Sonia Norton
Antonino Bruschetta ... Vittorio Terracciano (as Ninni Bruschetta)
Luis Molteni Luis Molteni ... Rocco Piccolo
Maddalena Maggi Maddalena Maggi ... Esther Bonanni
Marco Giallini ... Michele Benda
Antonio Ianiello Antonio Ianiello ... Pasquale Terracciano
Rosario J. Gnolo Rosario J. Gnolo ... Mago Daniel
Marco Cortesi Marco Cortesi ... Matteo De Muzzi
Armando De Razza ... M. Simone
Giovanni Argante Giovanni Argante ... Calaciura
Carlo Luca De Ruggieri Carlo Luca De Ruggieri ... (as Carlo De Ruggieri)
Marica Coco Marica Coco
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The vips of italian television disappear in a mysterious way. Two detectives, Lucia and Franco, try to investigate in this mystery, drowning into a strange world, where the leader is the powerful star Sonia Norton.

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

15 April 2004 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Vanity Serum See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$675,165
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Un cuore in soffitta
Written by Cecilia Dazzi and Micol Barsanti
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Just a little better than Il cartaio
11 June 2004 | by pumayeSee all my reviews

Mediocre italian giallo, based on a novel by Niccolò ammaniti and directed by Infascelli, this movie has only a couple of excellent scenes (like the death of the comedian Rocco)on a too derivative script, that tries to make fun in a corrosive way on the power of television talk shows (the target of the writer is a notorious italian talk show), but the plot is contrived, full of holes as big as houses (while the assassin did not check the demise of the police woman, for example?), the acting is always really poor with very few exceptions (and this is a shame as most of the actors and actresses involved are normally really good). All in all, this is another example of the abysmal level of the new wave of Italian giallos, best exemplified by the terrible Il Cartaio. This one is definetily better, but only slightly so.


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