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I Knew Her Well (1965)

Io la conoscevo bene (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 2 December 1965 (Italy)
Adriana, a naive Italian country girl, moves to Rome to become a movie star and experiences the dark side of the business.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Adriana Astarelli
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Emilio Ricci, aka Bietolone
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Dario Marchionni
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The Writer
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Cianfanna
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Roberto
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Gigi Baggini
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Barbara, the lady friend of Adriana
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Paganelli
Turi Ferro ...
Il commissario
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Antonio Marais
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Italo - The garage attendant
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Alice Stendhal (as Veronique Vendell)
Franca Polesello ...
Maria - The usherette
Renato Terra ...
Man in the caravan (as Renato Terra Caizzi)
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Adriana, a naive Italian country girl, moves to Rome to become a movie star and experiences the dark side of the business.

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2 December 1965 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

I Knew Her Well  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,312, 7 February 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,312, 7 February 2016
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The soundtracks have a lot of hit tunes from the 60s. They show what people listen to in pop music in Italy at the time. See more »

Connections

Features The Secret Agents (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

What Am I Living For
By Fred Jay and Art Harris
Performed by Millie Small
Courtesy of Dischi Fontana
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The masterpiece of the underrated director
18 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

"Io La Conoscevo Bene" or "I Knew Her Well" in English translation is a somewhat different film from the rest made by Antonio Pietrangeli and one of his last before his premature death. The theme of loneliness and alienation is not new in cinema,but Pietrangeli takes it from a different angle: his heroine,the naive countryside girl Adriana,who dreams of a career as a star in Rome, is not an escapist or introvert;on the contrary, she tries her best to socialize and befriend people , but the results are most disappointing and frustrating - people just ignore her, use her, make fun of her,exploit her body and her good intentions.Nobody is taking her seriously.Is it our cruel modern world's trademark?Seems to be true.INDIFFERENCE also kills. The magnificent cast of the greatest of Italian stars , each of them playing very small episodes,give distinctive CHARACTERS, blood and flesh ,to their protagonists,though their screen life lasts no more than five minutes each. The soundtrack by Piero Piccioni,like the sound of a torn string in the middle of a tune, suggests a young life broken before it has blossomed. Stefania Sandrelli, still a TEENAGER(!!) ,performs in an amazingly mature and confident way.Though she had some experience of working with great directors before (Pietro Germi), her psychological portrayal of a silly girl mesmerized by the glitter of the big city is very deep and convincing. Of course, this film was the labour of love of Antonio Pitrangeli, a very experienced director, but somewhat underrated ( nobody would put him on a pedestal alongside Fellini or Visconti).This film, undoubtedly,would make film critics and the audience reconsider the hierarchy of the Italian cinema Olympus dwellers.


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