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Director: Bernardo Bertolucci     Starring: Jeremy Irons Liv Tyler
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40161648
UPC: 024543028338
UPC 14: 00024543028338
Rating: Game Rating Code
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The most beautiful place to be is in love.
Ninteen-year-old lucy travels to tuscany to spend the summer with family friends. While she pursues young love and identity, others find themselves intoxicated by her freshness. Lucy's presence has a profound effect on the jaded emotions of her hosts and their houseguests.

"...charming, contemporary story. Tyler is a star in the making...  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"...stylish, sensual motion picture...  James Berardinelli's ReelViews

Editor's Note
When 19-year-old Lucy Harmon (Liv Tyler) arrives in Tuscany, wondering about her mother (a recent suicide) and still nursing a crush on Niccolo, the local playboy she met on a visit four years earlier, everyone sits up and takes notice--especially director Bernardo Bertolucci, who trains his camera on the ingenue with understandable enthusiasm. The Graysons, who own the artists' colony and villa where Lucy's mother once wrote poetry, take the young girl in, and their guests enjoy the infusion of youth. Perhaps most deeply affected is Alex Parrish (Jeremy Irons), a terminally ill writer who finds Lucy charming and vital. Before such attentions, Lucy's interest in Niccolo (who turns out to be a jerk) quickly fades, replaced by an unexpected mystery regarding the identity of her father and a possible new love. And in a further attempt to understand her mother, Lucy writes light little poems as well. (Bertolucci has her words appear on the screen as she scribbles.) In fact, everything seems light in lush and lovely in Tuscany, which provides a gorgeous setting for the gifted ensemble to play out their intrigues.


Video Features DVD

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/11/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 119 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1996
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2002833
Video UPC UPC: 00024543028338
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Italian
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, Italian
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Donal McCann
Video Cast Info Jeremy Irons
Video Cast Info Liv Tyler
Video Cast Info Sinead Cusack
Video Cast Info Bernardo Bertolucci - Director
Video Cast Info Darius Khondji - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Pietro Scalia - Editor
Video Cast Info Richard Hartley - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Chris Auty - Producer
Video Cast Info Jeremy Thomas - Producer
Video Cast Info Yves Attal - Producer
Video Cast Info Gianni Silvestri - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Bernardo Bertolucci - Story By
Video Cast Info Susan Minot - Writer
Plot Summary
After four years, Lucy Harmon (Liv Tyler) returns to the artist's colony in Tuscany where her recently deceased mother was once the resident poet. Lucy is now a beautiful young woman, and although she has returned to learn more about the past (and find love as well), she does not anticipate the revelations and relationships that await her in the pastoral paradise. Jeremy Irons is memorable as the dying writer who takes an interest in Lucy.


Cannes Film Festival (1996)
   Video Award Name Bernardo Bertolucci, Nominee, Golden Palm

Professional Reviews

"...A sensuous love poem to the Italian countryside..." 12/01/1996 p.114

Rolling Stone
"...Liv Tyler gives a luminous performance in STEALING BEAUTY..." 06/27/1996 p.63

USA Today
"...A pastoral treat....It's enough of a vacation itself to inspire a return visit..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars 06/14/1996 p.4D

Entertainment Weekly
"...[A] shrewdly coy, hot little idyll....A great date movie..." -- Rating: B 06/14/1996 p.43

"...An exotic epic trilogy....A richly satisfying chamber piece that is both literary and utterly contemporary..." 04/01/1996

The New York Times 7 of 10
...Bertolucci has not lost his extraordinary visual edge. This film maker's supremely tactile, sensual style and his taste for exoticism are captivatingly on display... Intense and alluring, Bertolucci's powers of seduction remain formidable... - Janet Maslin

Rolling Stone 8 of 10
Liv Tyler gives a luminous performance... Bertolucci turns Stealing Beauty...into an intimate mediation on sex, art and leaving home. - Peter Travers

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