5.1/10
371
16 user 4 critic

A Matter of Time (1976)

A simple young woman helps eccentric old countess deal with her old age and she introduces the young woman to a world of upper class society.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In the steppes of the Kuban love is born on two collective farms while wheat is (enthusiastically) gathered. Galina, the energetic chairwoman of one of the two kolkhozes, vies with her male... See full summary »

Director: Ivan Pyrev
Stars: Sergei Lukyanov, Marina Ladynina, Aleksandr Khvylya
Certificate: GP Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The Merediths move to an isolated farm. Mrs. Meredith and the neighbour Will Cade become friends and anticipate becoming lovers.

Director: Guy Green
Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Anthony Quinn, Fritz Weaver
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Acrobat Eddie Marsh is in the army now. His first act is to become friendly with Kathryn Jones, the colonel's pretty daughter. Their romance hits a few snags, including disapproval from her... See full summary »

Director: George Sidney
Stars: Kathryn Grayson, Gene Kelly, Mary Astor
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

John Steinbeck introduces a quintet of five of O. Henry's most celebrated stories from his New York Period (1902-1910) in this anthology film.

Directors: Henry Hathaway, Howard Hawks, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Fred Allen, Anne Baxter, Jeanne Crain
Lucky Lady (1975)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A trio of rum-runners during prohibition in the 1930s engage in a menage-a-trios after business hours.

Director: Stanley Donen
Stars: Gene Hackman, Liza Minnelli, Burt Reynolds
A Woman Called Golda (TV Movie 1982)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The story of the Russian-born, Wisconsin-raised woman who rose to become Israel's prime minister in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Director: Alan Gibson
Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Ned Beatty, Franklin Cover
The Clock (1945)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Soldier Joe Allen is on a two-day leave in New York, and there he meets Alice. She agrees to show him the sights and they spend the day together. In this short time they find themselves ... See full summary »

Directors: Vincente Minnelli, Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Judy Garland, Robert Walker, James Gleason
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Polish countess Elena falls in love to a Frensh radical party's candidate, a general, in pre world war I Paris, but another officer pines for her.

Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Jean Marais, Mel Ferrer
Certificate: GP Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Junie Moon's face has been disfigured by ill-gotten burns, and depends on her friends and her with to cope. She, Warren, and Arthur leave the hospital - they yearn for independence - and ... See full summary »

Director: Otto Preminger
Stars: Liza Minnelli, Ken Howard, Robert Moore
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A budding romance between a ballet master and a tap dancer becomes complicated when rumors surface that they're already married.

Director: Mark Sandrich
Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A rooming house landlady recalls her past in flashbacks.

Director: Daniel Mann
Stars: Shirley Booth, Robert Ryan, Marjie Millar
Il prato (1979)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

San Gimignano, in Toscana, alla fine degli anni '70. La fine degli ideali degli anni '70 vista in un piccolo microcosmo, pensando a platee più vaste di giovani in crisi. Giovanni, ... See full summary »

Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani
Stars: Michele Placido, Saverio Marconi, Isabella Rossellini
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Nina
...
Contessa Sanziani
...
Count Sanziani
Spiros Andros ...
Mario
...
Valentina
...
Antonio Vicari
Geoffrey Copleston ...
Hotel Manager
Dominot ...
Hotel Porter
...
Charles Van Maar
...
Gabriele d'Orazio
Jean Mas ...
...
Sister Pia
...
Tewfik
Virgilio Volpe ...
Restaurant Owner
Philippe Hersent ...
Cook
Edit

Storyline

Nina has just started working as a chambermaid in Rome's Imperial Hotel, a once grand but now slightly run down establishment. She works alongside her cousin Valentina, who encouraged her to do this work to expose her to a better life. One of the people whose room Nina attends is seventy-two year old Contessa Lucretia Sanziani, a longtime resident who has been estranged from her husband, Count Carlos Sanziani, for forty years. However, her stay at the hotel is threatened when her money stars to run out and the Count informs the hotel that he wants nothing to do with her, even if something serious happens to her. The Countess was once considered the "love goddess" of Europe, she who still lives in the fantasy of that life and her memories. In Nina, the Contessa sees a younger version of herself, and encourages her to be herself and that people will notice. The Contessa also takes her under her wing in providing a more polished version of herself to the world. During this process, the ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The adventure of discovering the joy of being a woman. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

31 October 1976 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Nina  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Isabella Rossellini plays "Sister Pia" and has a half-sister named "Pia" (Lindström). See more »

Connections

Featured in Private Screenings: Liza Minnelli (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

A Matter of Time
Music and Lyrics by Fred Ebb and John Kander
Performed by Liza Minnelli (uncredited)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Take with a grain of salt
8 January 2001 | by (Knoxville, Tenn.) – See all my reviews

If you're not a Liza Minnelli fan, don't even bother because despite the other talent involved, this is her show (and not a very good one -- father Vincente Minnelli, the director, very wisely disowned the edited picture). This isn't one to watch for Minnelli's acting (like "The Sterile Cuckoo" or "Cabaret") or even her charm ("Arthur," "Stepping Out"), but her voice is incredible. While the songs (except for Gershwin's "Do It Again") are middling, Minnelli's delivery makes you forget how silly the story and her character are. Mother Judy had better songs to sing, but Liza's instrument was phenomenal at its peak.

On the plus side is Ingrid Bergman as the aging contessa. She's so at ease and has so much fun as the grande dame that it's impossible not to love her -- again. Reunited briefly with Charles Boyer more than 30 years after their first pairing (in "Gaslight"), she has on-screen history working for her in her playful scene with him. (Watch the melodramatic "Arch of Triumph" if you really want to see Bergman and Boyer connect.)

Another reason to watch is for the film debut of Bergman's daughter, Isabella Rossellini. She's barely in "A Matter of Time" -- and you can barely tell it's her under her nun's habit -- but seeing her luminous face next to her mother's has the feeling of the passing of a torch, or at the very least a blessing. To give you an idea of the kind of cornball humor at work here, Rossellini's character is called Sister Pia; the actress's real-life sister, of course, is Bergman's daughter Pia Lindstrom.


23 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?