DVD Tea With Mussolini [DVD] [Widescreen] [1999] [Multilingual] [Region 1] (DVD 47216),
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Tea With Mussolini [DVD] [Widescreen] [1999] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

  • PG
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • The beautiful city of Florence is at the heart of this story, based on director Franco Zeffirelli's autobiography. It's the 1930s, and young Luca (Charlie Lucas), the illegitimate son of an Italian businessman, is taken in by a group of proper English ladies known as "Il Scorpioni" (for their "sting"). He acquires a passion for the arts as he follows them on their excursions through various museums and cathedrals, and finds his first taste of love when he falls for an extravagant Jewish American named Elsa (Cher). When Mussolini's fascist regime joins the Nazis, the old ladies become prisoners of war, and Elsa finds herself in even greater danger. Luckily, the now older Luca is on hand to help. This lovingly photographed film allows Zeffirelli to give voice to his passion for the art and architecture of his native city. The ensemble of mature actresses have a field day, of course, and includes Judi Dench, Lily Tomlin, Joan Plowright, and Maggie Smith.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 907918

  • Credits
    Cherilyn Sarkesian,Judi Dench,Judi Dench,Joan Plowright,Maggie Smith,Maggie Smith,Lily Tomlin,Mary,Jean Tomlin,Charlie Lucas
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[The film] serenely glides along..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...[Zeffirelli's] most personal film....Cher gives a spirited performance..."
    Movieline's Hollywood Life

    "...Cher and Tomlin play the Americans with gusto..."
    Box Office

    "...It works surprisingly well....The film has truly novel subject matter....Cher is terrific here doing what she does best..."
    USA Today

    "...Lively, fanciful....An amusing yet touching high adventure and an unusual coming-of-age tale..."
    Los Angeles Times

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