Stealing Beauty

Year: 1996
Studio: Fiction
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Writer: Bernardo Bertolucci/Susan Minot
Cast: Liv Tyler, Jeremy Irons, Joseph Fiennes, Jason Flyming

Liv Tyler's auspicious bow into the movie world is a languorous, sensual beauty much like Tyler and her Tuscan surrounds were portrayed.

As Lucy, she travels to the region to have her picture painted by a libertine artist (Irons) who's dying of cancer and who wants nothing more than to spend his last days in his beloved countryside.

Lucy also wants to stoke romance with the boy she fell in love with a few years before, intending to give her virginity to him.

There isn't a lot for Tyler to do (a role that suits her comparatively limited range), but that suits her in this film as she's the audience along with us, introduced to this bohemian world of artists, wine lovers and hippies.

Bertolucci's as concerned with the texture as the story, and the former tips over the latter just a little in quality.

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