Moon and the Stars

Moon and the Stars

Director: John Irvin

Cast: John Irvin, Jonathan Pryce, Alfred Molina, Catherine McCormack

     
 

A movie set becomes a metaphor for the tragic rise of World War II in Europe in this historical drama. It's 1939, and as Benito Mussolini rules Italy and war sweeps through Europe, Italian film producer Davide Rieti (Alfred Molina) is attempting to set up his latest project, a historical epic adapted from Puccini's opera Tosca. While Rieti is short on money,See more details below

Overview

A movie set becomes a metaphor for the tragic rise of World War II in Europe in this historical drama. It's 1939, and as Benito Mussolini rules Italy and war sweeps through Europe, Italian film producer Davide Rieti (Alfred Molina) is attempting to set up his latest project, a historical epic adapted from Puccini's opera Tosca. While Rieti is short on money, that's the least of his problems -- as a gay Jew, he's an easy target for the fascist pogroms which have become commonplace in Europe, and working at Rome's lavish Cinecitta Studio is one of his few respites from the grim realities of life under Mussolini. Eager to turn his adaptation of Tosca into an international epic, Rieti hires Hungarian Lazlo Molnar (Andras Balint) to direct, and casts German Kristina Baumgarten (Catherine McCormack), Italian Maria Grazia (Surama De Castro) and British James Clavel (Jonathan Pryce) in the leading roles. Rieti also finds room in the cast for his handsome lover Renzo (Rupert Friend), but while the cast offers one another a certain grudging respect (and Baumgarten and Clavel enjoy a brief romance off-set), the tensions that have gripped the world can be felt on set, and fascist and anti-fascist factions arise among the crew. The turmoil is aided and abetted by the presence of Annibale (Ivano Marescotti), the film's chief backer and an ardent supporter of Il Duce, while free-spirited director Molnar makes no secret of his leftist views. The Moon and the Stars received its North American debut at the 2007 Palm Springs Film Festival.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/2009
UPC:
0883476005638
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
NR
Source:
Lightyear Video
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:30:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jonathan Pryce James Clavel
Alfred Molina Actor
Catherine McCormack Kristina Baumgarten
Rupert Friend Actor
Joanna Scanlan Actor
Andras Blunt Actor
Ivano Marescotti Actor
Surama DeCastro Maria Grazia

Technical Credits
John Irvin Director
Peter Barnes Screenwriter
Roberto Bessi Producer
Eziomaria Bruno Costumes/Costume Designer
Fabio Carpi Original Story,Screenwriter
Giancarlo Dellapina Sound Mixer
André Djaoui Producer
Amedeo Fago Production Designer
Antonio Guadalupi Producer
Patrick Irwin Producer
Istvan Kolos Casting
Istvan Ocztos Art Director
Elemer Ragalyi Cinematographer
Liora Reich Casting
Shaila Rubin Casting
Maruizio Santarelli Associate Producer
Aron Sipos Producer
Alberto Verso Costumes/Costume Designer
Toby Yates Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Moon and the Stars
1. Chapter 1 [11:10]
2. Chapter 2 [8:01]
3. Chapter 3 [11:45]
4. Chapter 4 [11:34]
5. Chapter 5 [6:29]
6. Chapter 6 [7:51]
7. Chapter 7 [7:26]
8. Chapter 8 [4:44]
9. Chapter 9 [8:39]
10. Chapter 10 [8:31]
11. Chapter 11 [7:51]
12. Chapter 12 [8:04]

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