|[Click to enlarge. Unless credited otherwise, all images are my screengrabs from Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty and Villa di Geggiano's video.]|
|[Liv Tyler in SB Via ifureadmymind tumblr.]|
The background tunes in the lives of the entire crowd staying in Tuscany encompass Liz Phair, Mozart, Billie Holiday, Sam Phillips, Stevie Wonder, John Lee Hooker, Chet Baker and Roland Gift. Unfortunately, Gift's Say it Ain't So wasn't included on the soundtrack released in stores (when we still had the brick and mortar variety), and the song remains elusive. But you can find a complete list of tracks here, if you want to pick other favorites and do your own nostalgic mix for summer '13.
If you find yourself in Tuscany, you can also visit the Donati's house and sprawling gardens (14th-century Villa di Geggiano, home of the Bianchi Bandinelli family, in real life). Several of the movie's pivotal events take place here, including the Donati's annual bash.
Design features highlighted by director Bertolucci are the green exterior shutters and long frescoed entrance gallery painted with bucolic scenes by Austrian artist Ignazio Moder, roughly 200 years before the film, in the 1790s. While the villa's origins go back to the Italian Renaissance, the style of decoration preserved there today is predominantly 18th-century. Examples of rooms not seen in the movie -- specifically period bedrooms -- can be found here and here. Background on Italian frescos of the era here.
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|[Photo by Horst]|