Etoile (film)

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Directed byPeter Del Monte
Produced byAchille Manzotti[1]
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Peter Del Monte
  • Sandro Petraglia[1]
Music byJürgen Knieper[1]
CinematographyAcácio de Almeida[1]
Edited byAnna Napoli[1]
  • Gruppo Bema
  • Reteitalia
Distributed byAristi Associati
Release date
  • 17 March 1989 (1989-03-17) (Italy)
Running time
101 minutes [1]

Etoile (transl. Ballet Star) is a 1989 film starring Jennifer Connelly and Gary McCleery.


The American ballerina Claire Hamilton travels to Hungary to join a prestigious ballet school. The school is haunted by the spirit of a ballerina who died in a carriage accident, that possesses Claire.



Following the release of the science fiction film Julia and Julia, director Peter Del Monte followed up the film with another in the fantastique genre.[2] The producer Achille Manzotti provided the director with a cast that included Jennifer Connelly, Gary McCleery and Charles Durning.[2] Filming began in Budapest and Italy in 1988 under the working title of Ballerina.[2][3]


Etoile was distributed theatrically in Italy by Aristi Associati and released on 17 March 1989.[1] The film was awarded the Critic's Award at the 1990 Fantasporto Film Festival in Portugal.[4]


According to Italian critic and historian Roberto Curti, Etoile was "ravaged" by Italian critics.[4] Maurizio Porro of Corriere della Sera stated the film appeared to resemble a remake of Dario Argento's Opera "without suspense".[4][5][6] Porro commented that the film was "confused and not at all fascinating" declaring it Del Monte's worst film.[4][5][6]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Curti 2019, p. 175.
  2. ^ a b c Curti 2019, p. 176.
  3. ^ Grassi, Giovanna (15 July 1988). "Jennifer Beals è della Partita". Corriere della Sera (in Italian).
  4. ^ a b c d Curti 2019, p. 177.
  5. ^ a b Porro, Maurizio (22 March 1989). "Quel 'majo' dei cigni". Corriere della Sera (in Italian).
  6. ^ a b Curti 2019, p. 178.


  • Curti, Roberto (2019). Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1980-1989. McFarland. ISBN 1476672431.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

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