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Stealing Beauty

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Italy, France, United Kingdom · 1996
Rated R · 1h 56m
Director Bernardo Bertolucci
Starring Liv Tyler, Sinéad Cusack, Jeremy Irons, Jason Flemyng
Genre Drama, Romance

Lucy Harmon, an American teenager, arrives in the lush Tuscan countryside to model for a sculptor who lives in a beautiful villa. Lucy visited there four years earlier and exchanged a kiss with an Italian boy with whom she hopes to become reacquainted.

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Washington Post by Desson Thomson

For those who simply want to drink in the northern Italian countryside and Tyler's physical details, it's quite an experience. But as a story, Stealing Beauty (which Bertolucci wrote with Susan Minot) is a misbegotten, sentimental reunion with old European cinema.


The New York Times by Elvis Mitchell

This film maker's supremely tactile, sensual style and his taste for exoticism are captivatingly on display in Stealing Beauty, even if the film's philosophizing sometimes lacks the intellectual heft of a cotton puff.


Washington Post by Hal Hinson

What's more, Bertolucci's voice is stronger, clearer and more effortlessly confident than it has been in years. He's stolen the beauty of Tuscany and his youthful star and transformed it into an exquisite work of movie art.


Chicago Reader by Jonathan Rosenbaum

Though the film tapers off a little toward the end, there's a climactic scene of recognition between the heroine and her father that was one of the most exquisite pieces of acting I'd seen in ages.


Austin Chronicle by Marc Savlov

Bertolucci returns to his native Italian soil for the first time in 15 years, and the result is a gorgeous albeit fairly insubstantial homecoming.


Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

In contrasting the sexuality and rebellion of Lucy's generation with his own, Bertolucci clearly yearns to rekindle his creative spirit.


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

The movie plays like the kind of line a rich older guy would lay on a teenage model,suppressing his own intelligence and irony in order to spread out before her the wonderful world he would like to give her as a gift.

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