Stealing Beauty (1996)



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This beautiful if ponderous soufflé of a film from director Bernardo Bertolucci serves more as an Italian travelogue than a drama. Liv Tyler stars as Lucy Harmon, an American teenager arriving in the lush Tuscan countryside to visit family friends residing there. Lucy visited four years earlier and exchanged a kiss with a handsome boy with whom she hopes to become reacquainted. Lucy's mother has committed suicide since then, and the teenager also hopes to discover the identity of her father, whom her mother hinted was a resident of the villa. Once she arrives, Lucy meets a variety of eccentric visitors, including a dying gay playwright (Jeremy Irons), a sculptor (Donal McCann), an entertainment lawyer (D.W. Moffet), and several others. Lucy has decided to lose her virginity and becomes an object of intense interest to the men of the household, but the suitor she finally selects is not the initial object of her affection. Stealing Beauty boasted an intriguing parallel between actress Tyler's role and her real life. The daughter of a famed rock and roll star, she was brought up believing that her father was someone else, a fact that Bertolucci may have had in mind when writing the story. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Drama , Romance
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Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Jeremy Irons
as Alex Parrish
Liv Tyler
as Lucy Harmon
Sinead Cusack
as Diana Grayson
Donal McCann
as Ian Grayson
Jean Marais
as M. Guillaume
D.W. Moffett
as Richard Reed
Rachel Weisz
as Miranda Fox
Carlo Cecchi
as Carlo Lisca
Joseph Fiennes
as Christopher Fox
Jason Flemyng
as Gregory
Anna-Maria Gherardi
as Chiarella Donati
Ignazio Oliva
as Osvaldo Donati
Francesco Siciliano
as Michele Lisca
Leonardo Treviglio
as Lieutenant
Rebecca Valpy
as Daisy Grayson
Roberto Zibetti
as Niccolo Donati
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Critic Reviews for Stealing Beauty

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (12)

[A] hilariously inscrutable exercise in pseudo-profundity.

December 7, 2007
Washington Post
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A civilized, mellow, and generally graceful chamber piece.

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
Chicago Reader
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A welcome reminder of Bertolucci's directorial assurance.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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[Bertolucci] builds an homage to beauty around a sullen void.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
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In contrasting the sexuality and rebellion of Lucy's generation with his own, Bertolucci clearly yearns to rekindle his creative spirit.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Even a lesser Bertolucci is an event, and Stealing Beauty has its charms.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Stealing Beauty

Liv Tyler plays Lucy who arrives in Tuscany to meet family, be sculpted, find out who her father is and to lose her virginity. Liv is quite beautiful as is the Italian countryside, and coming of age stories are always fun, but this movie is tastefully done.

Red Lats
Red Lats

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Interesting, but not much.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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Beautiful story.. the cinematography was amazing.. Bertolucci knows how to make the audience feel like they are part of the story.. Jeremy Irons is brilliant and Liv Tyler gives an amazing,mature performance..

Lea Lea
Lea Lea

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