Stealing Beauty

Stealing BeautyBBBB

(out of 5)


plays a young woman travelling to the Italian countryside to unlock some of the mysteries she feels are left unexplained by her late mother’s journals. She meets a colourful assortment of individuals, the best of them played by  (in his finest performance since Reversal Of Fortune) as an ailing neighbour who befriends the girl, and his real-life wife  as one of their group of friends. Friends and lovers seduce her one way or the other until she finally feels she is ready to give up her (gasp) virginity and become a woman. It’s not as Harlequin-esque as it sounds, it’s actually quite delicate and charming, and photographed so beautifully. Features an early performance by .


Fiction Films, France 2 Cinéma, Jeremy Thomas Productions, , Union Générale Cinématographique

Italy/France/United Kingdom, 1996

Directed by

Story by Bernardo Bertolucci, Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by 

Film Editing by


Cannes Film Festival:  1996


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