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Stealing Beauty

Stealing Beauty

A Feature film by Bernardo Bertolucci

Produced by UGC Images

Release in France : 16/05/1996


    Following her mother's suicide, Lucy Harmon, 19, goes to Italy to stay with the Graysons, old friends of her late mother, and to have her portrait painted. She has a dual motive: she is eager to meet up again with the young and handsome Nicolo Donati, who gave her her first kiss four years earlier and to shed some light on a mysterious passage in her mother's diary. Lucy, full of innocence and curiosity, strikes a current of sensuality in the villa that causes upheaval for everyone there...

    Actors (11)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    UGC Images

    Foreign production companies :

    Fox Searchlight (UK), Recorded Picture Company

    French distribution :

    Fox France

    Co-production :

    France 2 Cinéma

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    "I suppose you know that I've deliberately spent a long time in exile... more than ten years", states Bernardo Bertolucci, the "very" Italian director of such "very" Italian films as "The Conformist" and of course "1900". "I felt that I couldn't find inspiration in my own country; so I decided to go away as far as possible. And I ended up in China where I made "The Last Emperor"... Then, in the 1990's, I felt that things were changing in Italy. It may be naive of me but, whatever, I made my mind up : it was time to go home. And so "Stealing Beauty" tells of the beauty of Tuscany. It's the tale of a confrontation : that of different types of beauty : the beauty of the scenery, the beauty of art, the beauty of a young woman..." (...)".
    Interview with Bernardo Bertolucci, by Judy Bachrach - Vanity Fair

    Full credits (10)

    Executive Producer :

    Yves Attal

    Director of Photography :

    Darius Khondji

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Jean-Pierre Vincent

    Continuity supervisor :

    Suzanne Durrenberger

    Music Composer :

    Richard Hartley

    Screenwriters :

    Susan Minot, Bernardo Bertolucci

    Sound Recordist :

    Ivan Sharrock

    Editor :

    Pietro Scalia

    Production Designer :

    Gianni Silvestri

    Costume designers :

    Louise Stjernsward, Giorgio Armani

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    Feature film

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    English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

    Coproducer countries :

    Great Britain, France, Italy

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    Minority French (Great Britain, France, Italy)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 55 min

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    Posters (2)


    Festival Selections

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1996

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1996)


    Official Competition - Feature Films