Stealing Beauty

June 14th, 1996


Stealing Beauty

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After her mother commits suicide, nineteen year old Lucy Harmon travels to Italy to have her picture painted...

Release Year: 1996

Rating: 6.4/10 (11,950 voted)

Critic's Score: 60/100

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci

Stars: Jeremy Irons, Liv Tyler, Carlo Cecchi

After her mother commits suicide, nineteen year old Lucy Harmon travels to Italy to have her picture painted. However, she has other reasons for wanting to go. She wants to renew her acquaintance with Nicolo Donati, a young boy with whom she fell in love on her last visit four years ago. She also is trying tosolve the riddle left in a diary written by her dead mother, Sara.

Writers: Bernardo Bertolucci, Susan Minot

Carlo Cecchi - Carlo Lisca
Sinéad Cusack - Diana (as Sinead Cusack)
Joseph Fiennes - Christopher
Jason Flemyng - Gregory
Anna Maria Gherardi - Chiarella Donati
Jeremy Irons - Alex
Jean Marais - M. Guillaume
Donal McCann - Ian
D.W. Moffett - Richard
Ignazio Oliva - Osvaldo Donati
Stefania Sandrelli - Noemi
Francesco Siciliano - Michele Lisca
Mary Jo Sorgani - Maria
Leonardo Treviglio - Lieutenant
Liv Tyler - Lucy Harmon

Taglines: The most beautiful place to be is in love.


Official Website: Cecchi Gori Group |

Release Date: 14 June 1996

Filming Locations: Brolio, Castiglion Fiorentino, Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy

Opening Weekend: $103,028 (USA) (16 June 1996) (3 Screens)

Gross: $4,573,330 (USA) (15 September 1996)

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Did You Know?

The three poems we see Lucy (Liv Tyler) compose while in Italy are: - 1. I have her secret deep within for years I've had to hide I've bought the clues And now I'm hope To bring the truth outside - 2. I wait I wait so patiently I'm as quiet as a cup I hope you'll come and rattle me Quick! Come wake me up. - 3. The dye is cast The dice are rolled I feel like shit you look like gold.

Continuity: When Lucy meets Richard at the pool, she puts her hand on the pool's edge twice.

Lucy: Why are you crying?
Osvaldo Donati: Because I want to kiss you.

User Review

An Underrated, Misunderstood Gem of a Film

Rating: 10/10

While Liv Tyler is the "star" of this film she is only one facet of a beautiful film. While many comments focus on the coming of age plot line. This film not only presents a sexual beginning, but also an emotional journey. With the death of her poet laureate mother, Lucy (Liv Tyler) must find her way to emotional and sexual adulthood. Fortunately, the film never gets bogged down, or depressing.

Set in the lovely Tuscany province, Lucy's father sends her to spend time with friends of her mother and pose for an artist. Several of the characters are transparent, and easily understood, others are far more complex. Like life not all the answers are give, but the film rewards the viewer on multiple levels.

Enjoy watching the secondary characters grow in their own ways as well.

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