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Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

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Diane Lane, Under the Tuscan Sun | LANE AND CO.
Image credit: Under the Tuscan Sun: Franco Biciocchi

Details Release Date: Sep 26, 2003; Rated: PG-13; Length: 113 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Romance; With: Diane Lane; Distributor: Touchstone Pictures

Diane Lane may be canoodling with yet another delicious foreigner in this loose adaptation of Frances Mayes’ best-selling 1996 memoir, but don’t expect a brooding, snow-globe-as-murder-weapon tale à la ''Unfaithful.'' Filmed in Tuscany, Rome, and Positano, the romantic comedy will give Oscar nominee Lane a chance to show off her lighter side...but that doesn’t mean the story lacks complications. Since the book was a languid meditation on Tuscan life, Audrey Wells needed to provide a brand-new plot, reimagining Lane’s character as a heartbroken writer who goes to Italy to recover from her divorce. “[Mayes] is very happy in her book, and as the French say, Le bonheur n’a pas l’histoire -- happiness has no story,” says Wells. “So any good protagonist has to suffer plenty.”

For Lane, the gorgeous surroundings belied the challenges of the often-rainy shoot. “It was a real contrast in terms of the pleasantness of the location and the fact that there’s a job to do while you’re there.” Jokes Wells: “We started calling it 'Under the Tuscan Gun.'”

The Killer Moment As writer Frances Mayes (Lane) lies on a table in his shop, hunky Italian antiques dealer Marcello (Bova) murmurs, ''I want to make love all over you.''

Originally posted Aug 11, 2003 Published in issue #724-725 Aug 22, 2003 Order article reprints