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Liebestraum (1991)

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The successful writer and professor of architecture Nick Kaminsky returns from New York to Elderstown to visit his biological mother Lillian Anderson Munnsen that is terminal. Nick does not... See full summary »

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Mike Figgis

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Mike Figgis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Anderson ... Nick Kaminsky
Pamela Gidley ... Jane Kessler
Bill Pullman ... Paul Kessler
Kim Novak ... Lillian Anderson Munnsen
Graham Beckel ... Sheriff Pete Ricker
Zach Grenier ... Barnard Ralston IV
Thomas Kopache ... Dr. Parker
Anne Lange Anne Lange ... Nurse #1
Jack Wallace ... Mike
Max Perlich ... Orderly #1
Catherine Hicks ... Mary Parker
Taina Elg ... Old Mother Ralston
Tom McDermott ... Night Porter
Joseph McKenna Joseph McKenna ... Day Clerk
Hugh Hurd Hugh Hurd ... Orderly #2
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Storyline

The successful writer and professor of architecture Nick Kaminsky returns from New York to Elderstown to visit his biological mother Lillian Anderson Munnsen that is terminal. Nick does not know Lilian since he was adopted when he was a child but he pays the bill for her to stay in a private room in the hospital. While walking on the street, Nick stumbles upon his former college friend Paul Kessler, who is demolishing with his team an old department store building where a murder and a suicide happened many years ago. While talking to Paul, there is an accident and Nick saves his life. Paul invites Nick to go to the birthday party of his wife Jane Kessler. Nick feels attracted by the building that is built in cast iron and asks Paul to visit it. Meanwhile Jane, who is a photographer, decides to take photos of the same building. They get close to each other and Nick learns that Jane was also adopted. Along the following days, Jane and Nick have a love affair and Nick discloses hidden ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A story of lust, murder and dreams.

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Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sensuality, and for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atração Proibida See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$133,645
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Title is German and means "Dream of Love". See more »

Quotes

Lillian Anderson Munnsen: [Speaking to her son from a hospital bed] He was so handsome. One night, he came in very late. I was carrying you. I was still awake. He tiptoed in real quiet, so as not to disturb me. So I didn't let on. He slipped into bed, and was asleep in minutes. His hand was there on the pillow, between us. I gently took it, and I began to kiss the fingers. One by one. And I could smell cunt on them...
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Alternate Versions

Director's cut is unrated and contains several minutes of additional footage. This version is available in VHS format. See more »


Soundtracks

Liebestraum
Written by Franz Liszt
Performed by Earl Bostic and His Orchestra
Courtesy of Highland Music, Inc.
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Excellent movie; great music
13 December 2006 | by bob-694See all my reviews

This is a very good movie, as discussed by Janet Maslin in her NY Times review of same. It is very moody and "atmospheric" with a lot of silence between the lines, and I like that kind of film. The best part for me came at the very end when the Franz Liszt piano solo Liebestraum begins playing, and then during the credits you see the full performance (about 4 to 5 minutes long) by the pianist. I don't recall her name, but she appears to be very young, has long red hair, and plays like an absolute master. Thus I became a huge fan of Liebestrum, and its composer. Something similar happens during the credits of the movie The Pianist, where the performance of the piano music is actually a highlight of the film.


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