Tea With Mussolini

Tea With Mussolini

DVD - 1999
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Based in part on his autobiography, director Franco Zeffirelli's Tea with Mussolini is a story about a group of British and American travelers on an indefinite visit to Italy in 1935. Luca is a boy living in Florence whose family situation is precarious at best; his mother has run off and his father has little time for him. Fortunately, he's a welcome guest with Mary, a English woman visiting Italy to soak up European culture. Mary and her friends enjoy the cultured, creative atmosphere of life in Italy, and their initial response to the rise of fascism is to arrange a polite meeting with Mussolini to make sure he and his soldiers mean well.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment, c1999
ISBN: 9780792843009
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (117 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jun 27, 2019

Not a bad way to spend a couple of hours but not a memorable movie. Zeffirelli's productions, whether in opera or cinema, tend to be big on appearance and short of substance and this is no different. It owes far more to Hollywood than the traditions of Italian cinema, lots of big names to heighten your expectations, a story that's easy to understand, nothing to offend. Italian fascism wears a sweet face and a bunch of nice ladies manage to get through life without it annoying them too much. Cher turns in a good, three-dimensional performance, the rest breeze through their parts without raising a sweat. If you wonder whatever happened to Jean Brodie after she got booted out of Marcia Blaine, it's here. For a grittier, more realistic look at Italy under fascism, try The Conformist.

May 15, 2018

Excellent movie. Pleasant scenes of Florence, art and Beauty Cheerful characters, great performance of Judy Dench, Maggie Smith , Lily Tomlin and Cheer. A must see movie for sure .

Feb 03, 2017

There are not many movies about the Italian front during World War II. Thankfully, "Tea With Mussolini" has a fabulous cast and shot in beautiful countryside of Italy. Without question if you are a fan of Maggie Smith, then this is a must see movie for you!

Apr 25, 2016

Great acting by outstanding actors!!!

Jan 10, 2013

Tea With Mussolini is such a lovely film and memoir about a boy growing up with an English step mother in italy just as the second world war is about to begin. It is set in Florence and features a dream cast including: Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Cher, Lily Tomlin and others. Get your tea, espresso or Italian vino and settle in for a real treat. Video trailer added.


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