Not Rated | | Drama
A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies.
The film's working title was "La Bella Confusione", i.e. "The Beautiful Confusion".
All the confusion of my life... has been a reflection of myself! Myself as I am, not as I'd like to be.
When Guido visits the cardinal in the mud bath, the cardinal is sitting in a chair, fully dressed in his cassock, as two attendants use a sheet to form a curtain around him; however, as the camera cuts to a closer angle, the cardinal is suddenly undressed to the waist.
In the American theatrical release version, Rodgers & Hart's "Blue Moon" can be heard twice: the first time, when it's played by strolling strings near the shopping plaza where Guido meets up with his wife, Luisa; the second time, when Guido goes out for a drive with the "real" Claudia. However, in the original Italian release, the song played in both scenes is "Sheik of Araby." The Criterion laserdisc features "Blue Moon," but it's "Sheik of Araby" on the DVD, possibly due to the use of different source materials.
Nocturne No. 2 in E flat Major, Op. 9,2
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Italian, French, English, German
$11,947 (USA) (11 April 1999)
$50,690 (USA) (25 April 1999)
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