Tea with Mussolini (1999)
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Taken from a chapter in the autobiography of acclaimed filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli, TEA WITH MUSSOLINI is written by British novelist and playwright John Mortimer and Zeffirelli, drawing on the latter's published memoirs. The film tells of Luca Innocenti (born out of wedlock and not officially recognized by his father) and his struggle to assert his independence and find his way into a life of art. The coming-of-age tale is also a haunting evocation of a vanished world: that of the quiet city of Florence on the brink of World War II. Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith portray the eccentric, colorful and strong-willed ladies - called the "Scorpioni" for their biting wit - who, along with a free-spirited American art collector (Cher) and archeologist (Lily Tomlin), raise the youth and fashion him, though Italian, into "a perfect British gentleman." … More
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as Luca (as a teenager)
as Luca (as a child)
as British Consul
as Elderly Lady
as Signora Badaloni
as Major Gibson
as Dino Grandi
as Count Bernardini
as First Carabiniere
as Second Carabiniere
as American Dealer
as German Officer
as Giulia Meyer
as Professor Cassuto
as Leading Fascist
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Critic Reviews for Tea with Mussolini
A collection of isolated, anecdotal events that are as warmly amusing as they are lacking in narrative drive.
The banter, jealousy and cattiness among these charming stereotypes of the Anglo-American lifestyle sweepstakes makes much of this engaging film a winner.
Art and suffocating tastefulness are taken as such inherent goods in [this film] that they utterly overwhelm the real people whom the film pretends to showcase.
Audience Reviews for Tea with Mussolini
What the Hell is Cher doing in this good movie?
True story about a group of women bonded together by their situation during World War II. Excellent cast. Beautiful scenery.
great character actresses doing wonderful work
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