Stealing Beauty ///

Stealing Beauty | GregoryWest

I first saw Stealing Beauty – a lovely, slow-paced Bernardo Bertolucci film about a life-changing summer in Tuscany – when I was a teenager, and instantly fell in love with Liv Tyler. It was also the first time I ever heard Portishead (a life-changing moment in itself), on an amazing soundtrack that included Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Liz Phair, and Sam Phillips (I need love, not some sentimental prison). The film wasn’t overwhelmingly received, so perhaps it’s a bit of nostalgia, but whenever I feel like spending a few hours in the Italian countryside, it’s the perfect hit.