Tea With Mussolini

Tea With Mussolini

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Director: Franco Zeffirelli

Cast: Cher, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright

     
 

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In this sentimental release from MGM Home Video, a group of proper, well-to-do British ladies is horrified at the possibility of World War II encroaching on their comfortable and secure lifestyles after it appears that Mussolini has broken his promise to ensure their comfort during wartime. Viewable in either the original 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen version (enhanced… See more details below

Overview

In this sentimental release from MGM Home Video, a group of proper, well-to-do British ladies is horrified at the possibility of World War II encroaching on their comfortable and secure lifestyles after it appears that Mussolini has broken his promise to ensure their comfort during wartime. Viewable in either the original 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen version (enhanced for widescreen TVs) or standard 1.33:1 full-screen pan-and-scan, and offering a closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack along with an alternate French Dolby Digital Surround track, this release also offers optional English and French subtitles. Extra features include a collectible "making of" booklet and an original theatrical trailer.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
This lush, frothy coming-of-age story provides its cast full of British and American grande dames with plenty of beautiful locations and gently comic, slightly cloak-and-dagger scenarios in which to strut their famous personae and acting chops. Cher makes her most enjoyable screen outing in a decade as Elsa, a larger-than-life diva with more affection for her art collection than her many husbands. Lily Tomlin plays another fun, self-mocking lesbian role, while Judi Dench and Maggie Smith work their respective regal and ridiculous schticks to amusing effect. Writer/director Franco Zeffirelli seems to view his war-ravaged childhood through vaguely rose-tinted glasses; the title is meant to be a gentle jab at the proper biddies whose faith in the moral might of the British Empire blinded them to the danger creeping through Europe, but there's a sense here that fascism is simply a backdrop to Auntie Mame-style shenanigans. Although co-writer John Mortimer worked on the screenplay to subtle psycho-horror classic The Innocents, his work here is closer to the hamminess of the Otto Preminger oddity Bunny Lake Is Missing. Still, cinematographer David Watkin and the art team buff the visuals into a gorgeous Merchant-Ivory finish, and the charismatic performances will please fans of low-calorie, vaguely historical treats.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/23/1999
UPC:
0027616791825
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
PG
Source:
20Th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:57:00
Sales rank:
12,443

Special Features

Colllectible "Making Of" booklet; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cher Elsa
Judi Dench Arabella
Joan Plowright Mary
Maggie Smith Hester
Lily Tomlin Georgie
Baird Wallace Luca (teenager)
Charlie Lucas Luca (child)
Massimo Ghini Paolo
Paolo Seganti Vittorio
Paul Checquer Wilfred
Tessa Pritchard Connie
Mino Bellei Cesare
Claudio Spadaro Mussolini

Technical Credits
Franco Zeffirelli Director,Screenwriter
Anna Anni Costumes/Costume Designer
Tariq Anwar Editor
Stefano Arnaldi Score Composer
Jenny Beavan Costumes/Costume Designer
Carlo Centolavigna Art Director
Giovanni Corridori Special Effects Supervisor
Ermanno Daelli Costumes/Costume Designer
Leonard Engelman Makeup
Mirta Guarnaschelli Casting
Alessandro Loy Production Manager
Gioia Fiorella Mariani Art Director
Mark Moriarty Camera Operator
John Mortimer Screenwriter
L. Justin Muller Asst. Director
Clive Parsons Producer
Pippo Pisciotto Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Brian Simmons Sound/Sound Designer
Alberto Spiazzi Costumes/Costume Designer
Emma Style Casting
Roberto Tatti Asst. Director
Riccardo Tozzi Producer
Alessio Vlad Score Composer
David Watkin Cinematographer
Giovannella Zannoni Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- WIDESCREEN
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/ Title/ Credits [3:16]
2. "True English Lady" [1:56]
3. Irresponsible Father [3:25]
4. Sorrow & Refuge [3:21]
5. Artistic Walk [2:35]
6. Wicked Versus Good [4:39]
7. "Vulgar" Americans! [5:54]
8. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes [2:36]
9. Celebration/ "Shindig" [3:00]
10. "Romeo & Juliet" [2:29]
11. "A World Gone Mad" [1:28]
12. "Tea With Mussolini" [4:49]
13. To Austria/ 1936-1940 [5:20]
14. Grown-Up Luca [4:24]
15. "Beauty & Brains" [2:04]
16. "Taken Into Custody" [5:19]
17. "Goodnight, Ladies!" [4:15]
18. A Welcome Visitor [1:43]
19. "Get Out-Fast" [1:43]
20. "Study The Classics" [2:29]
21. Good Deeds/ High Tea [5:31]
22. Lover/ Messenger Boy [4:53]
23. "Enemy Aliens" Unite [4:07]
24. Dancing Cares Away [4:56]
25. "Trust Me!" [2:21]
26. "I'm A Man!" [2:45]
27. Saving Art & Elsa [4:20]
28. The Truth Comes Out [4:05]
29. Unforgettable Elsa [4:57]
30. Risking Life For Art [4:44]
31. Victory At Last! [2:56]
32. After War/ Credits [4:24]
Side #2 -- STANDARD
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/ Title/ Credits [:11]
2. "True English Lady" [3:16]
3. Irresponsible Father [1:56]
4. Sorrow & Refuge [3:25]
5. Artistic Walk [3:21]
6. Wicked Versus Good [2:35]
7. "Vulgar" American's! [4:39]
8. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes [5:54]
9. Celebration/ "Shindig" [2:36]
10. "Romeo & Juliet" [3:00]
11. "A World Gone Mad" [2:29]
12. "Tea With Mussolini" [1:28]
13. To Austria/ 1936-1940\ [4:49]
14. Grown-Up Luca [5:20]
15. "Beauty & Brains" [4:24]
16. "Taken Into Custody" [2:04]
17. "Goodnight, Ladies!" [5:19]
18. A Welcome Visitor [4:16]
19. "Get Out-Fast" [1:43]
20. "Study The Classics" [1:42]
21. Good Deeds/ High Tea [2:29]
22. Lover/ Messenger Boy [5:30]
23. "Enemy Aliens" Unite [4:53]
24. Dancing Cares Away [4:07]
25. "Trust Me!" [4:56]
26. "I'm A Man!" [2:21]
27. Saving Art & Elsa [2:44]
28. The Truth Comes Out [4:20]
29. Unforgettable Elsa [4:06]
30. Risking Life For Art [4:57]
31. Victory At Last! [4:44]
32. After War/ Credits [2:56]

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