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Enrico Medioli (story)
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Release Date:
23 June 1977 (USA) See more »
Retired professor of American origin lives solitary life in luxurious palazzo in Rome He is confronted... See more » | Full synopsis »
12 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Interiors See more (10 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 .... chief electrician
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?

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 »
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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41 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Interiors, 23 November 2007
Author: Ubaldo Martinez from United States

This is Luchino Visconti's first feature film after his almost fatal heart attack. He was in a wheel chair and his left side was completely paralyzed. Enrico Medioli's original story about a man who's facing the end of his life, whether consciously or unconsciously seemed very close to the knuckle. I've read a lot of material and talked to people connected to the production before actually seeing the movie. Nothing had prepared me for what the film presents to the audience and I wondered if the film that ended up on the screen was the film that Visconti intended. Starting from the cast: the first rumors that Visconti was ready to go back to work, announced the film with Laurence Olivier and Audrey Hepburn in the roles that went to Burt Lancaster and Silvana Mangano. Anne Marie Philipe and Martin Donovan (the director) in the roles that went to Claudia Marsani and Stefano Patrizi. For what I gather, Olivier was sick at the time and couldn't accept. Audrey Hepburn turned it down, Donovan and Philipe found themselves outside the co-production regulations where two Italian nationals were required for those roles. Helmut Berger was the one who survived all the changes and I'm tempted to say: unfortunately! His character is the one who doesn't ring true. Clearly, Lancaster's character would have seen through Berger's. There is nothing in his character that made me believe Lancaster would feel attracted and fall for. Berger is a prissy, emotionally flabby, pretty boy. He is also unbelievable as Silvana Mangano's lover. The film as a whole takes place in Lancaster's dark and elegant apartment. Against his better judgment he rents the upper floor to this new, rich, beautiful and vulgar family. His world is going to start to collapse under the weight of the young invaders without soul. Solemmn, sad and a bit static the film however has a masterful center that makes it compelling viewing. Two brief cameos by Dominique Sanda as the mother and Claudia Cardinale as the dead wife bring some unexpected oomph to the grim proceedings. Even if I sound a bit down on the film I'm actually recommending it.

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