The Star Maker
|L'uomo delle stelle
(The Star Maker)
|Directed by||Giuseppe Tornatore|
|Produced by||Rita Cecchi Gori, Vittorio Cecchi Gori|
|Written by||Fabio Rinaudo
|Music by||Ennio Morricone|
|Release dates||9 November 1995|
|Running time||113 min.|
- For the SF novel by Olaf Stapledon, see Star Maker.
The Star Maker (as best known L'Uomo delle stelle in Italy) is a 1995 Italian language motion picture. It was produced by Rita Cecchi Gori, Vittorio Cecchi Gori, directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, while the title role was played by Sergio Castellitto.
It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
In 1953, Joe Morelli is traveling rural Sicily, offering to take screen tests of wannabe actors, for a fee. He claims to work for big Roman film studios, but he's a fraud. In one of his stops he meets a young girl, Beata, who attaches to him, despite his protestation.
Their relation is evolving into a romantic one, when he's exposed, beaten and arrested. When, after serving his term, he comes back to seek Beata, he finds that the disappointment has been too big for her.
- Sergio Castellitto - Joe Morelli (Giuseppe Romolo)
- Tiziana Lodato - Beata
- Franco Scaldati - Brigadiere Mastropaolo
- Leopoldo Trieste - Mute
Influence of Fellini
Many of Tornatore's films reflect the strong influence of Fellini. Indeed, L'Uomo delle Stelle contains elements of Fellini's 1955 Il Bidone (another film about despicable con men preying on the innocent southern peasantry) as well as Fellini's 1952 film Lo Sceicco Bianco (also about a desperate, impressionable young woman who becomes romantically infatuated with the figure of a male celebrity, and who is eventually driven insane by the inevitable shock of disillusionment).
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