Stealing Beauty

Directed By: Bernardo Bertolucci Starring: Jeremy Irons Liv Tyler

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Product Overview

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.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40161648
UPC 024543028338
UPC 14 00024543028338
Format DVD
Release Date 1/11/2005
Rating Rating
Coming Of Age
Theatrical Release
Young Love
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
Premiere "...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
Variety "...An exotic epic trilogy....A richly satisfying chamber piece that is both literary and utterly contemporary..." 04/01/1996
Bernardo Bertolucci
Jeremy Irons
Liv Tyler
Cast & Crew
Donal McCann - Actor
Jeremy Irons - Actor
Liv Tyler - Actor
Sinead Cusack - Actor
Bernardo Bertolucci - Director
Darius Khondji - Director of Photography
Pietro Scalia - Editor
Richard Hartley - Musical Score
Chris Auty - Producer
Jeremy Thomas - Producer
Yves Attal - Producer
Gianni Silvestri - Production Designer
Bernardo Bertolucci - Story By
Susan Minot - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1996
Catalog ID 2002833
UPC 00024543028338
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 119 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Italian
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, Italian
Cannes Film Festival (1996) Bernardo Bertolucci, Nominee, Golden Palm
ReviewSource The New York Times
Review ...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...
Reviewer Janet Maslin
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review Liv Tyler gives a luminous performance... Bertolucci turns Stealing Beauty...into an intimate mediation on sex, art and leaving home.
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 8
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide ...charming, contemporary story. Tyler is a star in the making...
James Berardinelli's ReelViews ...stylish, sensual motion picture...
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