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The Driver's Seat (1974)

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R | | Drama | 10 October 1975 (USA)
Mentally disturbed spinster Lise experiences a series of bizarre encounters in Rome as she searches for someone to murder her.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Guido Mannari ...
Mona Washbourne ...
Mrs. Helen Fiedke
Luigi Squarzina ...
Lead Detective
Maxence Mailfort ...
English Lord
Anita Bartolucci ...
Gino Giuseppe ...
Police Commissioner (as Gino Giuseppe C.S.C.)
Marino Masé ...
Traffic Policeman
Bedy Moratti ...
Dress Shop Owner
Dino Mele ...
Police Captain
Alessandro Perrella ...
Detective (as Alessandro Perrella C.S.C.)
Quinto Parmeggiani ...
Hotel Waiter
Nadia Scarpitta ...
Elderly Lady at airport (as Nadia Scarpitta Pernice)


Lise, a mentally unbalanced middle-aged woman travels toward a fatal destiny that she had helped to arrange, as if her own extinction will bring a meaningful existence to its wished-for end - a premeditated search for someone, anyone, with whom she could form a dangerous liaison. Written by alfiehitchie

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Was she really mad enough to plot her own murder?





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Luchino Visconti had wanted to film this in 1970 with Glenda Jackson in the lead. See more »


Lise: If you think you're going to have sex with me, you're very much mistaken
Bill: But I haven't had my daily orgasm. It's an essential part of the diet; an orgasm a day. If you miss a day, you have to have two the next day and that gives me indigestion.
Lise: I have no time for sex. I mean it. Sex is of no use to me, I assure you.
Bill: But orgasms are yang!
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Complex, beautiful, funny, and very strange.
20 July 2000 | by (york, pa) – See all my reviews

Elizabeth Taylor is one of the most beautiful and exciting actresses ever to grace the screen. In this film she exemplifies these qualities, along with her talent for portraying a woman of wild abandon and audaciousness. Her work in this film will remain with the viewer long after the credits roll.

The film is almost impossible to describe. I saw it not long after seeing Luis Bunuel's The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie...and I must say that I sensed some similarities between the two. While Bunuel allows mundane situations to evolve into surreal jokes and absurdities, and injects social commentary, The Driver's Seat portrays surrealism literally, in the form of a psychotic character who appears ridiculous and unintelligible, but in fact mirrors the chaos and violence of the society in which she lives.

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