Tea with Mussolini Movie Review 1999

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Semiautobiographical account of director Zeffirelli's own childhood in fascist Italy. In 1935, young Luca (Lucas) is abandoned by his mother and his neglectful father is happy when the boy is taken in by a group of middleaged, eccentric Englishwomen, including Mary (Plowright), Lady Hester (Smith), and Arabella (Dench). Soon, their group is joined by flamboyantly wealthy (and Jewish) American Elsa (Cher). But as Mussolini consolidates his power and WWII begins, Luca is sent away to school, and the women find themselves unwelcome foreigners.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 116 minutes.
Originally from Italian, British.

Cast and Crew

Childhood Visions, Florence, Female Bonding, Period Piece: 1930s, World War II, Parenthood
Franco Zeffirelli, John Mortimer
Joan Plowright, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Cher, Baird Wallace, Charlie Lucas, Lily Tomlin, Paolo Seganti, Massimo Ghini, Claudio Spadaro
David Watkin
Franco Zeffirelli
Alessio Vlad, Stefano Arnaldi
Clive Parsons, Medusa, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures


British Acad. 1999: Support. Actress (Smith).

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