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Tea with Mussolini 1999 123movies

Tea with Mussolini 1999 123movies

Mar. 25, 1999117 Min.
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#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – In 1935 a group of elderly British women, whom the Italians have named the Scorpioni, have chosen Italy, specifically Florence, as a place to live to blend their proper British sensibilities with their love of Italian art and culture. One of those Scorpioni, Mary Walsh, works as the English secretary for Paolo Innocente, who, in part because of his own wife’s adamant refusal, largely neglects his illegitimate adolescent son, Luca, despite Paolo’s want for Luca to grow up to be a proper young man, much like the English. Luca has lived in an orphanage since his dressmaker mother’s death, death a concept that Luca does not yet understand. As such, he often runs away looking for his mother. On a mutual agreement between Paolo and Mary, Mary becomes Luca’s guardian, she who will receive help in raising Luca by her fellow Scorpioni and financial help from Paolo as needed. Associated with the Scorpioni is a brash younger nouveau riche Jewish-American woman named Elsa Morgenthal, who, because of her affection for Luca’s mother to who she owed money, sets up a trust for Luca’s future. Among the Scorpioni, Lady Hester Random, the widow of the former ambassador to Italy, in particular and Elsa do not get along because of their fundamental outward differences. The life for the Scorpioni changes with the onset of WWII, more specifically when Italy declares war on Britain and France. Despite all of the Scorpioni taken into custody of sorts by the Italians, they are eventually housed in the comforts of a hotel. Lady Hester wrongly believes it is her association with Mussolini that has gotten them into their comfortable surroundings, but which in reality was arranged and paid for by Elsa. Luca, who has just returned to Italy after attending school in Austria, helps Elsa with her efforts to assist those persecuted in Italy. Luca, now a teenager, has fallen in love with Elsa. As such, Luca is jealous of Elsa’s professional and personal relationship with Italian lawyer Vittorio Fanfanni. Elsa’s own situation becomes more precarious with the United States’ entrance into the war, the Nazis’ increasing persecution of Jews, and Luca discovering that Fanfanni has ulterior motives in his relationship with Elsa. Through it all, Mary still tries to be the voice of what is right to Luca, who may be tainted by his own immature teenaged thoughts during these difficult times.
Plot: Semi-autobiographical film directed by Franco Zeffirelli, telling the story of young Italian boy Luca’s upbringing by a circle of English and American women, before and during World War II.
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Acting is Amazingly Good in Intriguing Tale
This film is directed and co-authored by Franco Zeffirelli, and I couldn’t resist speculating on how much of it was actually true, since it is said to be based on Zeffirelli’s autobiography. However, true in part, true completely, in the end it doesn’t really matter. What matters is the amazing ensemble acting by Maggie Smith, Cher, Joan Plowwright, Judi Dench and Lily Tomlin (listing them in the order of significance to the story) and the stunning beauty of Florence where the film is set. The director and photographer plainly love the city, matching the love for it of the characters. Maggie Smith as the widow of a former British ambassador, the character that actually has tea with Mussolini, is the dominant figure in the film. However, Cher, playing a wealthy American — vulgar in the eyes of he British ladies — who turns out to be a complex, philanthropic Jew who must be smuggled out of the country in the end; Joan Plowwright as a kind lady who takes in the bastard son of an Italian businessman and teaches him to be an English gentleman; Judi Dench as an eccentric artist whose passion is to preserve a renaissance fresco from the Nazis during the war, and Lily Tomlin as a lesbian American archaeologist all deliver sterling performances. Cher’s performance is the most amazing — she holds her own in formidable company — but one expects, of course, to be dazzled by Maggie Smith, Joan Plowwright, Judi Dench and even by Lily Tomlin. It’s a sentimental, even melodramatic, tale, but see it for the ensemble acting. I can’t think of another film that equals Tea with Mussolini in that respect.
Review By: [email protected] Rating: 9 Date: 2007-03-03
The English in Italy
The Italian Anglophile Franco Zefferelli’s endearing account of Englishness in 1930s/40s Italy is amongst his finest films. He co-wrote it with the English writer John Mortimer. It begins in Italy in 1935 at Elizabeth Barret Browning’s grave – a symbol which bonds England and Italy. The English expatriates are represented by Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and a compelling Maggie Smith (winning the 1999 Bafta for Best Supporting Actress). Plowright is secretary to an Italian businessman who wants his young son Lucca to grow up to be a proper English gent – so Plowright teaches him Shakespeare and feeds him bacon and eggs. Then the rise of fascism means Lucca must be sent off to Austria. There follows a quite touching scene where the English ladies say goodbye by reciting the St Crispin Day’s speech from Henry V at the railway station.

The remainder of the drama follows the ladies’ fortunes under the dictatorship of Mussolini. Smith’s character, Lady Hester, is the widow of a former British ambassador, and does indeed take afternoon tea with Il Duce. The English ladies end up being in-turned but their Englishness remains defiant. During the Allied invasion of Italy, they are liberated by a Scottish regiment. Lady Hester declares: “The Germans and the Italians couldn’t get rid of us, so there’s no reason why we should surrender to the Scots.”

Review By: DesbUK Rating: 7 Date: 2011-03-26

Other Information:

Original Title Tea with Mussolini
Release Date 1999-03-25
Release Year 1999

Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 57 min (117 min)
Budget 12000000
Revenue 21001563
Status Released
Rated PG
Genre Comedy, Drama, War
Director Franco Zeffirelli
Writer John Mortimer (screenplay), Franco Zeffirelli (screenplay), Franco Zeffirelli (autobiography)
Actors Cher, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, Maggie Smith
Country Italy, UK
Awards Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations.
Production Company Medusa Film, Cattleya, Film & General Productions Ltd. [gb], Cineritmo
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panalight Camera and Lenses
Laboratory Cinecittà Laboratories, Roma, Italy
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm

Tea with Mussolini 1999 123movies
Tea with Mussolini 1999 123movies
Original title Tea with Mussolini
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