|Directed by||Peter Del Monte|
|Produced by||Achille Manzotti|
|Music by||Jürgen Knieper|
|Cinematography||Acácio de Almeida|
|Edited by||Anna Napoli|
|Distributed by||Aristi Associati|
|101 minutes |
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.
- Jennifer Connelly as Claire Hamilton / Natalie Horvath
- Gary McCleery as Jason Forrest
- Laurent Terzieff as Marius Balakin
- Olimpia Carlisi as Madam
- Charles Durning as Uncle Joshua
- Donald Hodson as Karl
- Mario Marozzi
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. The producer Achille Manzotti provided the director with a cast that included Jennifer Connelly, Gary McCleery and Charles Durning. Filming began in Budapest and Italy in 1988 under the working title of Ballerina.
According to Italian critic and historian Roberto Curti, Etoile was "ravaged" by Italian critics. Maurizio Porro of Corriere della Sera stated the film appeared to resemble a remake of Dario Argento's Opera "without suspense". Porro commented that the film was "confused and not at all fascinating" declaring it Del Monte's worst film.
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