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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.

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Nina
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Contessa Sanziani
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Count Sanziani
Spiros Andros ...
Mario
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Valentina
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Antonio Vicari
Geoffrey Copleston ...
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Dominot ...
Hotel Porter
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Charles Van Maar
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Gabriele d'Orazio
Jean Mas ...
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Sister Pia
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Tewfik
Virgilio Volpe ...
Restaurant Owner
Philippe Hersent ...
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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

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

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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

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Soundtracks

Do It Again
Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Buddy G. DeSylva (as B.G. DeSilva)
Performed by Liza Minnelli (uncredited)
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More interesting for the actors than the plot
27 June 2004 | by (Indianapolis) – See all my reviews

It is not hard to understand why this movie has never been released on anything but 16mm, which is how I came to see it. This movie is a bit too eccentric to actually accomplish it's purpose. The acting is much too stylized and emphatic with the plot rather weak. The interest in this film lies in the fact that has many firsts and lasts. It is Charles Boyer's last film, and Isabella Rossellini's first. It is also the last film that Vincent Minnelli directed, and close to the end of Ingrid Bergman's career. Other than that there is little to recommend it, but it does have some interesting footage of Rome. It is about a chamber maid who gains employment in Rome taking care of a declining socialite who once strutted across the world stage but who is now on the rocks. She is unable to accept being a has-been and continues to live in her mind as though she is still the consort of emperors. Her new chamber maid Liza Minnelli tries to support her as well as she can, although it is a hopeless task.


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