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Conversation Piece (1974)

Gruppo di famiglia in un interno (original title)
A reclusive, retired professor is faced with confronting modernity when a group of vulgar youths, led by an obnoxious marchesa, take up residence in his unused upper residence.

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Cast

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
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Blanchard
Umberto Raho ...
Commissario
Enzo Fiermonte ...
Commissario
Romolo Valli ...
Micheli
George Clatot
Valentino Macchi
Vittorio Fanfoni
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Storyline

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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Soundtracks

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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A Piece of Visconti Magic
6 October 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Luchino Visconti co-wrote and also directed this from a wheel chair, after his first heart attack. The movie reminds me of playwright Henrik Ibsens style. Indeed this is very much like a play. All the action taking place in a retired Professors (Burt Lancaster) plush house in Rome. When a brash young group of mis-fits rent a room upstairs ..the Professors sedate life changes completely. The subtext is vital here, and more than one viewing is recommended. The professor has long given up on communication between humans, and the clash of the old and the new makes him even more certain. Its a brilliant piece of work--although the sound track which was added later is sometimes annoying. Lancaster is great --indeed all of the main players do a wonderful job. Visconti is credited for ushering in the neo-realist cinema. Later he departed from this style and became more melodramatic--with intense character development. This movie is from his later style.


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