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Conversation Piece (1974)
"Gruppo di famiglia in un interno" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  23 June 1977 (USA)
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Retired professor of American origin lives solitary life in luxurious palazzo in Rome He is confronted by vulgar Italian marchesa and her companions: her lover, her daughter and daughter's ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Il Professore
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Konrad Huebel
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Marchesa Bianca Brumonti
Claudia Marsani ...
Lietta Brumonti
Stefano Patrizi ...
Stefano
Elvira Cortese ...
Erminia
Philippe Hersent ...
Portiere
Guy Tréjan ...
Venditore di quadri
Jean-Pierre Zola ...
Blanchard
Umberto Raho ...
Commissario
Enzo Fiermonte ...
Commissario
Romolo Valli ...
Micheli
George Clatot
Valentino Macchi
Vittorio Fanfoni
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Retired professor of American origin lives solitary life in luxurious palazzo in Rome He is confronted by vulgar Italian marchesa and her companions: her lover, her daughter and daughter's boyfriend and forced to rent to them an apartment on upper floor of his palazzo. From this point his quiet routine is turned into chaos by his tenants' machinations, and everybody's life is taking unexpected but inevitable turn. Written by Alex Asp

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Trivia

The first film Luchino Visconti directed after suffering a stroke in 1972. See more »

Goofs

When the professor finds the young people naked in his flat, Lietta quotes a poem at him, saying (according to the Australian DVD subtitles) that it was Ordon's last poem. This is a misspelling of Auden (W.H. Auden). See more »

Quotes

Marchesa Bianca Brumonti: He was too young to have learned this final nasty fact: grief is as precarious as anything else.
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Referenced in Costumes from the Films of Visconti (1978) See more »

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Desiderare
Written by Massimo Guantini and Luigi Albertelli
Caterina Caselli
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The Visconti microscope.
12 February 2003 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Professor Lancaster leads a reclusive life in his art deco apartment, surrounded by classical paintings, books and memories. Along come new loud tenants who rent his upstairs apartment and force themselves onto the Professor who then questions his existence as a mixture of the old and new culture clash in intellectual wars and morals. Another interesting piece from Visconti's preoccupied topics of fallen aristocrats and the morality of life.


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