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Enrico Medioli (story)
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Release Date:
23 June 1977 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A Piece of Visconti Magic See more (12 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Burt Lancaster ... Il Professore

Helmut Berger ... Konrad Huebel

Silvana Mangano ... 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
Lorenzo Piani
Margherita Horowitz ... Domestica
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Claudia Cardinale ... Moglie del professore (uncredited)

Dominique Sanda ... Madre del professore (uncredited)

Directed by
Luchino Visconti 
Writing credits
Enrico Medioli (story)

Suso Cecchi D'Amico (screenplay) and
Enrico Medioli (screenplay) and
Luchino Visconti (screenplay)

Produced by
Giovanni Bertolucci .... producer: Rusconi Film S.p.A.
Original Music by
Franco Mannino 
Cinematography by
Pasqualino De Santis 
Film Editing by
Ruggero Mastroianni 
Production Design by
Mario Garbuglia 
Set Decoration by
Carlo Gervasi 
Dario Simoni 
Makeup Department
Maria Teresa Corridoni .... hair stylist
Alberto De Rossi .... makeup artist
Aldo Signoretti .... hairdresser assistant
Eligio Trani .... makeup assistant
Production Management
Lucio Trentini .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Albino Cocco .... assistant director
Alessio Girotti .... second second assistant director
Giorgio Treves .... second second assistant director
Louise Vincent .... second assistant director
Art Department
Alvaro Belsole .... construction department chief
Alfredo D'Angelo .... upholstery
Ferdinando Giovannoni .... assistant art director
Nazzareno Piana .... second assistant art director
Italo Tomassi .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Claudio Maielli .... sound
Decio Trani .... sound assistant
Special Effects by
Eros Bacciucchi .... special effects (as E. Bacciucchi)
Giovanni Bacciucchi .... special effects (as G. Bacciucchi)
Camera and Electrical Department
Adolfo Bartoli .... assistant camera
Mario Cimini .... camera operator
Aldo Colanzi .... chief grip
Nino Cristiani .... camera operator
Luciano Leoni .... gaffer
Gianni Maddaleni .... assistant camera
Marcello Mastrogirolamo .... assistant camera
Mario Tursi .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Giuseppina Delli Carpini .... wardrobe mistress: assistant
Maria Fanetti .... wardrobe mistress
Piero Tosi .... costumes: Mrs. Mangano's clothes have been created by
Editorial Department
Lea Mazzocchi .... assistant editor
Alfredo Menchini .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Franco Mannino .... conductor
Other crew
Renata Franceschi .... script girl
Enzo Lucarini .... accountant
Remo Stampiggioni .... accountant
Federico Starace .... production secretary
Federico Tocci .... production assistant
Renato Massimiani .... thanks: Expert
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Gruppo di famiglia in un interno" - Italy (original title)
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Italy:126 min | Spain:115 min (DVD edition) | Israel:117 min (Video Version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Italy:VM14 | Sweden:11 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:18 (video rating) (2003) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Shot entirely in English.See more »
Miscellaneous: 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 »
Marchesa Bianca Brumonti:He was too young to have learned this final nasty fact: grief is as precarious as anything else.See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A Piece of Visconti Magic, 6 October 2012
Author: werefox08 from Australia

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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