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Triumph of Design

A story of the triumph of love deserves a suitable setting, and that's just what Clare Peploe's film version of Pierre Marivaux's 18th-century play gets in the Baroque villas of Lucca, an Italian town near Pisa. Triumph of Love director Peploe and production designer Ben Van Os transformed two of these lavish properties—Villa Mansi and Villa Beale—into a single backdrop for the tale of a Princess (Mira Sorvino) who dons gender-shifting disguises to seduce overly rational philosopher

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