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

 |  Drama, Romance  |  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

Because Luchino Visconti was severely affected by a stroke, the insurance companies refused the risk of insuring the production. The filming could begin only after Burt Lancaster promised to replace the director behind the camera if necessary. 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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Sinfonia Concertante K 364
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Josef Suk, violino - Josef Kodousek, viola - Prazsky Komorní Orchestr (as Prague chamber orchestra)
by kind permission of EURODISC
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the disintegration of a family
13 June 2001 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

An intelectual professor, played by Burt Lancaster, has his retired life interrupted by a wealthy arrogant family who moves upstairs in his Roman apartment. A male hustler, who fascinates and controls all the characters, shows a dated display of the disintegration of an Italian aristocracy, which Visconti knew so well.


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