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Illuminata (1999)

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An ambitious, restless writer, Tuccio is the resident playwright of a struggling New York City repertory company, who has written a new play for Rachel, the woman he loves and the theater's company manager. When Tuccio stages his new work, "Illuminata," the resident critic Bevalaqua savages the play, but becomes infatuated with a handsome cast member, Marco, who agrees to a private meeting with the critic, hoping to sway Bevalaqua to print a good review. Meanwhile, a celebrated, but aging theatrical diva, Celimene, much impressed with "Illuminata," takes a scheming professional and personal interest in Tuccio, offering him the chance for international fame as her personal playwright (and kept lover). Will the show go on? Will Tuccio betray his true love for the chance of wealth and celebrity? How will the reviews read? The difficulty of love enduring over time is the central theme of the farcical "Illuminata."

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Cast

Rufus Sewell
as Dominique
Beverly D'Angelo
as Astergourd
Leo Bassi
as Beppo
Donal McCann
as Pallenchio
Jeremy Knaster
as Military Policeman
Joa Paparone
as Grand Inquisitor
Richard Termini
as Gypsy Musician
David Thornton
as Orlandini
Amedeo Turturro
as Boy No. 1
Fernando Bolles
as Boy No. 2
David Cale
as Journalist
Kenny Cranna
as Scruffy Man
Timothy Doyle
as Aristocrat No. 1
William Preston Robertson
as Old Toothless Man
Suzanne Shepherd
as Marco's Mother
Richard Spore
as Stagehand
June Stein
as Angry Woman
Henry Stram
as Captain
Kohl Sudduth
as Concubine No. 1
Arjun Bhasin
as Concubine No. 2
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Critic Reviews for Illuminata

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (8)

Clearly a labor of love, this sophomore effort from Turturro (a better actor than helmer), about fables and foibles of a tightly knit acting troup at turn of the century New York, is structurally messy and unevenly acted; a step fown from his debut Mac

December 12, 2006 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

With a streamlined script--and a resulting clearer focus--Illuminata could have been a lot more than what it is

May 10, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
TheMovieReport.com

Charming, but finally strangely unsatisfying.

November 24, 2003 | Rating: 4/5
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

This clever comedy probes the fascinating intersection of love and creativity.

February 28, 2002 | Full Review…
Spirituality and Practice

The movie takes on more than it can handle, but the cast is strong and there are a number of lovely and funny moments to savor.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Film Journal International

Turturro overdirects his players with an athletic intensity.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Illuminata

Amazing directing from Turturro and amazing cast (especially Christopher Walken)!

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