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Illuminata (1998)

R | | Drama, Romance | 1 May 1999 (Japan)
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It's the start of the 20th century, and Tuccio, resident playwright of a theatre repertory company offers the owners of the company his new play, "Illuminata". They reject it, saying it's ... See full summary »

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John Turturro

Writers:

Brandon Cole (play), Brandon Cole (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Bassi Leo Bassi ... Beppo
Henri Behar Henri Behar ... Pitou
Maurizio Benazzo Maurizio Benazzo ... Passerby
Fernando Bolles Fernando Bolles ... Boy #2
Katherine Borowitz ... Rachel
Jeff Braun Jeff Braun ... Duke
David Cale ... Journalist
Georgina Cates ... Simone
Kenny Cranna Kenny Cranna ... Scruffy man
Beverly D'Angelo ... Astergourd
George DiCenzo ... Jailor
Timothy Doyle Timothy Doyle ... Aristocrat #1 (as Timothy Doyle)
Ben Gazzara ... Old Flavio
Alexander Goodwin ... Crying boy
Amo Gulinello Amo Gulinello ... Pupo
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Storyline

It's the start of the 20th century, and Tuccio, resident playwright of a theatre repertory company offers the owners of the company his new play, "Illuminata". They reject it, saying it's not finished, and intrigue starts that involves influential critic Bevalaqua, theatre star Celimene, young lead actors and other theatre residents. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Spain | USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1999 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Häivähdys paratiisista See more »

Filming Locations:

Jersey City, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,264, 8 August 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$836,641, 14 November 1999
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cinematographer Harris Savides (1957-2012) has an uncredited part as a theatre patron who walks up to John Turturro's character Tuccio, the resident playwright of the theatre, and says to him: "Did you see the play? I hated it.". See more »

Quotes

[looking at a youthful and beautiful actress 20 years her junior, says wistfully]
Celimene: Someday I shall look like that. I'm beginning to be able to play ingénues.
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Sad experience
29 April 1999 | by CirioSee all my reviews

I agree with the comment the critic Bevalaqua (Walken was the best in the cast) made at the beginning of the movie (except for his appreciation for that actor). The originality isn't missing but it's all so boring and not entertaining at all.

I rent the movie and I watch it alone. The enterprise was hard but i managed to stay awake until the and. Although the theme is fundamentally the same "Illuminata" all that made "Shakespeare in Love" a great movie. The actors are all talented and professional but there are too many characters to care about and finally I cared about none of them. A sad and disappointing experience that I hope to forget soon.

Sorry, I just didn't like it.


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