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SUBJECTS

Americans -- Italy -- Rome -- Drama, Dysfunctional families -- Drama, Family life -- Italy -- Drama, Mother and child -- Italy -- Drama, OIder men -- Drama

Conversation Piece

(Gruppo di famiglia in un interno)
(Violence et passion)

Imported 35mm Print

featuring

Burt Lancaster, Silvana Mangano, Helmut Berger, Dominique Sanda,

Burt Lancaster gives “one of the finest performances of his career, perhaps his best since The Leopard” (Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times) as an aging American art historian who has retreated from the world into the dark Roman palazzo he inherited from his Italian mother. When he rents the upstairs flat to a Roman matron (Silvana Mangano) and her glibly amoral gigolo (Helmut Berger), his life’s denouement is invaded by la dolce vita. “On one level, a very Italian comedy of mayhem in an apartment house; on another, a rich and unmistakably personal treatment of an old theme, the invasion of a refined and sensitive intelligence by the anarchic-erotic forces of the Id” (Donald Lyons, Film Comment).

FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Luchino Visconti
  • Suso Cecchi D'Amico
  • Enrico Medioli
Cinematographer
  • Pasqualino De Santis
Language
  • Italian
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 121 mins
Source
  • Luce Cinecittà
Permission
  • Minerva Pictures
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Visconti film in local debut (review), Los Angeles Times, Kevin Thomas, 1978

Conversation piece (review), Sight and Sound, James Price, 1976

Opening night at the film festival was godawful (review), Village Voice, Andrew Sarris, 1975

Conversation piece (review), Variety, Gene Moskowitz, 1975

Conversation piece (program note), San Francisco International Film Festival, 1975

Luchino Visconti: the films (1936-76) (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England), Geoffrey Nowell-Smith

Conversation piece (review)

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