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Stealing Beauty [1996] [DVD]

Jeremy Irons , Liv Tyler , Bernardo Bertolucci    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jeremy Irons, Liv Tyler, Carlo Cecchi, Sinéad Cusack, Joseph Fiennes
  • Directors: Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Writers: Bernardo Bertolucci, Susan Minot
  • Producers: Chris Auty, Jeremy Thomas, Yves Attal
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Jun 2004
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000284916
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,571 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Critics were decidedly mixed about this 1996 drama from Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci, and the movie enjoyed only a brief theatrical release. Now it's best known for its early appearance by Liv Tyler as a 19-year-old beauty named Lucy who summers at a villa in Tuscany with a variety of artistic types who immediately respond to her inspirational innocence. An amateur poet who has decided it's time to lose her virginity, Lucy has come to Italy after the death of her mother, who visited this artist's refuge 20 years earlier. Several young Italian men find Lucy quite heavenly (she is, after all, Liv Tyler), and she's not immune to their attentions, but she'd rather spend time with a playwright (Jeremy Irons) who is dying of AIDS and therefore has something other than sex on his mind. The movie's plot is about as substantial as Tyler's character (she's sexy, all right, but hardly an intellectual muse), but Stealing Beauty creates a serene mood that's so soothing you'll want to book a flight to Tuscany immediately, just to soak up the setting's idyllic atmosphere. If you're in the right frame of mind, this movie is like a balm for the soul, and Tyler and Bertolucci can share the credit for making this two-hour vacation so charmingly relaxing. --Jeff Shannon

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The complicated lovelife of her late, bohemian mother leaves 19-year-old Lucy Harmon (Liv Tyler) unsure of the true identity of her father. An answer to the mystery offers itself when she is sent to a Siennese villa to have her portrait done by an old family friend, Ian Grayson (Donal McCann). Houseguests, local villagers and family members alike fall for the American teenager's innocent charms as she acquaints herself with the landscape in which she had been conceived.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, lyrical, but dangerously soporific 14 Nov 2005
'Stealing Beauty' is a love letter to Liv Tyler, a metaphysical epic poem of a film in which she personifies young womanhood as Bernardo Bertolucci reflects on her beauty. It's a film in which Bertolucci exposes himself to self-mockery and ridicule - it opens with Tyler crossing Italy, being secretly filmed by a voyeuristic admirer whose camera lens gropes its way round her body. Bertoclucci, of course, is the man behind the man behind the camera.
Bernardo Bertolucci lives and breathes film, but his use of light and colour is decidedly painterly. Film, for Bertolucci, is a moving canvass. In 'Stealing Beauty' he explores female sexuality with languid brush strokes and a very slow hand. It's a film which throws into perspective much of his earlier work.
Bertolucci was born into an affluent family (his father was a well-known poet). His early films tackle his sense of self-contradiction - intellectually a Marxist, yet how could he 'know' the working class or be anything but bourgeois? In a number of his films he uses sexual tension as an allegory for political confusion and the need to establish a role which is both personally and politically valid.
By the 1980's, however, Bertolucci was consciously depoliticising his work and courted Hollywood commercialism. 'The Last Emperor ' was an English-language epic which gave him Oscars for Best Director and Best Screenplay. It gave him the freedom to make commercial, as well as esoteric and enigmatic movies.
'Stealing Beauty' seems to evoke Bertolucci's sense of time passing, of change.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting movie with many undertones 15 April 2012
The movie appears rather innocent and concerns a teenage girl's summer holiday with a family group of different generations, none of whom are of similar age. Initially rather insecure and with little self-awareness, she begins to settle and begins to feel comfortable in their individual and collective presence. The family members aspire in differing directions and generally draw the young girl into their lives.

The young girl, played very much as an ingenue by a rather young Liv Tyler, begins to feel romantic attachment to some of the males and the movie shows her sexual awakening and increasing sense of self and growing maturity.

In no way overt, it is all essentially very innocent in every respect and by the end of the movie, Tyler's character is far more confident.

The movie can be slow in places but you should be patient. It has its moments.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enigmatic truths 21 Oct 2006
I first saw Stealing Beauty years ago when I was about 16 and was immediately drawn to its artistic qualities. I found myself identifying with Liv's character. The uncertainty of life no longer being a child with innocence, wanting to be 'a part' of that group ie. not a virgin. I find this movie really enigmatic every time I watch it, it expresses the feeling we all go through at some point, whether we like to admit it or not. Jeremy Irons is fantastic in this, always a brilliant actor, but here he offers the guidance that Liv's character needs, something i found necessary in my early adult life and in hindesight was a crucial part of my development of who I am today; having the guidance of someone older and wiser. This movie I feel will transport you in some manner; where is dependent on you as a person. The scenery and music is just simply sexy and unpretentious. Either way I feel this movie will make you think either about your life now or as a teenager. It is not a block buster, does not need a big cast, but the few key actors/actresses really bring to life the characters own issues with their lives and shows how we all question our own lives at some point. It shows how we all have idealisms and quite often we are let down we create a pedalstle too high, as liv's character seems to have done. To some this movie is almost healing and theraputic in an emotional sense. We have all been where Lucy has. To the cynics I say; Watch this film as if you were Lucy with an open mind.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An overall job well done, the films good too 2 Jan 2001
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This film is good if you want a feel good factor film. I found it enchanting, and I really would like to watch it again. The acting was good and the scenary was lovely. The plot would be every young girls dream.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
By Katie
I chanced upon this film for the first time whilst in Florence and it instantly embodied sentiments of Italy, adolesence and the first murmurs true love.
Lucy, having lost her poet mother, travels to Italy to stay with her mother's friends in the hope of tracing her real father. Liv Tyler, as Lucy, is superb in her depiction of teenage angst, battling with fear of growing up and yet being wise beyond her years.
She finds love in the most unlikely places, not only with a childhood sweetheart's brother but with a dying cancer patient and of course with the Tuscan scenery.
The location and acting on this film are stunning, an escapism and a reality, something for everyone. I would recommend this to anyone who has experienced love and life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A light, atmospheric story, about a young woman growing up and the people in her life.
Published 2 months ago by Stephen Anso
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this knock off!!!
The actual film is brilliant, I have seen it before and that's the reason I wanted to buy it. This has a French voice over.
Published 3 months ago by Rebecca Tappenden
5.0 out of 5 stars another great film live tyler was great to
well I recorded it once on video years ago on tv and when videos were made redundant I swore I would never get dvds however I did and had to get rid of more than ha;lf of our... Read more
Published 8 months ago by dave wolstenholme
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tuscan delight
A slow moving film of a short period at a Tuscan retreat, A mix of wonderful characters who interact in interesting ways. The whole leavened with some glorious music. Read more
Published 10 months ago by michael rampling
5.0 out of 5 stars Stealing Beauty [1996]
Nice movie with a background in Italy.

I just loved the swimming pool in this movie. This was my reason to buy the DVD (with a dream of one day owning something similar... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Patrick
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
film. Unsure how I feel about it but I have watched it a couple of times through and been glued to it. It's strange but if you're in the right mood, definitely enjoyable.
Published 15 months ago by Ruth Leslie
1.0 out of 5 stars The Film Stealing Beauty
I have lived a number of years in Tuscany . I expected this to be a film that would feature the beauty of Tuscany , but to me it was a bitter disappointment . Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. David P. Barneby
1.0 out of 5 stars Region 1
Didn't realise it was region 1 - could not work on my DVD in England!! Will check next time I order a DVD!!
Published on 11 Jun 2012 by Suzan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favorite films.
Was pleased with the quality of the dvd & of course i love this film, no complaints from me. Great scenery & story, don't expect this to be an action film it's more of a drama, set... Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2012 by Gen
5.0 out of 5 stars How Stealing Beauty Stole My Heart
I can't remember how I came to watch Stealing Beauty the first time but I was instantly taken with it. Its Liv Tyler's film debut and it was shot in Tuscany. Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2010 by K. Davis-Hansson
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