The Star Maker


1h 57m 1995

Brief Synopsis

The time is 1953 as Joe Morelli speeds into town in his beat up truck under the ancient Sicilian sun. He carries with him little more than an old Ascania camera and a box of film stock. Setting up a tent in the town square, he yells out a rallying call to the townspeople, entreating them to spend 1,

Film Details

Also Known As
Star Maker, Uomo Delle Stelle, L'
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1995
Production Company
Cecchi Gori Pictures
Distribution Company
MIRAMAX; 20th Century Fox; 20th Century Fox Distribution; Cecchi Gori Pictures; Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Focus Features; Lauren Films; MIRAMAX; Miramax Home Entertainment; Nippon Herald Films, Inc
Location
Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 57m

Synopsis

The time is 1953 as Joe Morelli speeds into town in his beat up truck under the ancient Sicilian sun. He carries with him little more than an old Ascania camera and a box of film stock. Setting up a tent in the town square, he yells out a rallying call to the townspeople, entreating them to spend 1,500 lire apiece for screen tests and promising to show the results to top producers in Rome. The locals are instantly lured to the camera and line up to bare their souls with hopes of stardom hinging on Joe's word. In front of Joe's camera, shepherds, policemen, mothers, children, outcasts, bandits and war heros all try their hand at acting, but end up confessing themselves. In doing so, their honesty begins to shake Joe off center after years of scraping his way through life without a second thought. Amidst this myriad of tales emerges the radiant Beata, whose virgin beauty and unchained love awakens Joe's soul. It is Joe's love for Beata that changes his destiny, and her's, forever.

Cast

Sergio Castellitto

Joe Morelli

Tiziana Lodato

Beata

Franco Scaldati

Brigadiere Mastropaolo

Leopoldo Trieste

Muto

Clelia Rondinella

Anna'S Mother

Tano Cimarosa

Grandpa Bordonaro

Nicola Dipinto

Communal Functionary

Costantino Carrozza

The Collector

Jane Alexander

Princess

Tony Sperandeo

1st Baldalamenti

Leo Gullotta

Vito

Luigi Maria Burruano

Flirtatious Client

Carmelo Dimazzarelli

Old Man In Wheelchair

Marzio Onorato

Architect Panebianco

Antonella Attili

Nurse

Domenico Dolce

Peasant On Bus

Stefano Gabana

Photographer On Bus

Maria Rosa Parrello

Santina

Rita Lia

Pinuccia

Vincent Navarra

Shepherd

Alessandro Guarrera

Clapboard Kid

Spiro Scimone

1st Nasca Brother

Francesco Sframeli

2nd Nasca Brother

Tony Palazzo

Pio Li Fusi

Mimmo Gennaro

1st Mafioso

Emilio Scimone

2nd Mafioso

Massimo Pupella

Bordonaro Jr

Giorgio Guerrieri

Cinema Cashier

Salvatore Billa

Prince

Peppino Tornatore

Dottore Mistretta

Filippo Tarantino

2nd Badalamenti

Onofrio Ducato

Mafia Boss Realzisa

Paolo Noto

Zu' Leonardo

Turi Killer

Boy With Garabaldino

Antonio Miceli

Cosima Millelire

Rori Quatrocchi

Prostitute

Elia Nicosia

Barber

Simona Merito

Anna

Giuseppe Zardo

1st Friend

Sandro Piro

2nd Friend

Vincenzo Fiorenza

3rd Friend

Filippo Spitale

1st Man In Club

Pino Pellegrino

2nd Man In Club

Rosario Lanzafame

3rd Man In Club

Pippo Provvidenti

Don Lucio

Giorgio Libassi

Innkeeper

Pasquale Palumbo

Mayor

Angelo Colajemma

Antonello Pugliesi

Man Quoting Mussolini

Daniele Ferretti

Village Idiot

Filippo Alesi

Young Farm Laborer

Emilio Adrisani

Peasant By The River

Francesco Guzzo

Tavern Boy

Giuseppe Funari

Armless Man

Bruno Torrisi

Carwash Man

Umberto Terranove

Band Master

Rosolino Cottone

Partisan

Giovanni Alamia

1st Warehouse Man

Corrado Solari

2nd Warehouse Man

Antonello Puglisi

Film Details

Also Known As
Star Maker, Uomo Delle Stelle, L'
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1995
Production Company
Cecchi Gori Pictures
Distribution Company
MIRAMAX; 20th Century Fox; 20th Century Fox Distribution; Cecchi Gori Pictures; Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Focus Features; Lauren Films; MIRAMAX; Miramax Home Entertainment; Nippon Herald Films, Inc
Location
Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 57m

Award Nominations

Best Foreign Language Film

1995

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Co-winner, along with Joao Cesar Monteiro's "God's Comedy" (Portugal/1995), of the Special Jury Prize at the 1995 Venice Film Festival.

Winner of five 1995 Nastri d'Argento (Silver Ribbon) awards from the Association of Italian Film Journalists, including Best Director, Best Actor (Sergio Castellitto), Best Supporting Actor (Leopoldo Trieste), Best Cinematography. Film was also a co-winner, along with Giantito Burchiellaro's "Pereira Declares" (Italy/1995), of the Best Art Direction award.

Expanded Release in United States March 15, 1996

Expanded Release in United States March 22, 1996

Released in United States 1995

Released in United States on Video October 15, 1996

Released in United States Spring March 8, 1996

Shown at Venice Film Festival (in competition) August 30 - September 9, 1995.

Released in United States 1995 (Shown at Venice Film Festival (in competition) August 30 - September 9, 1995.)

Released in United States Spring March 8, 1996

Expanded Release in United States March 15, 1996

Expanded Release in United States March 22, 1996

Released in United States on Video October 15, 1996