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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 ...
Hotel Manager
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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Luise Rainer and Liza's godmother Kay Thompson were both considered for the role of the Contessa. See more »


Soundtracks

The Me I Haven't Met Yet
Music and Lyrics by Fred Ebb and John Kander
Performed by Liza Minnelli (uncredited)
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There's a good movie in here SOMEWHERE
23 February 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Director Vincente Minnelli's final bow--one that was taken out of his hands by nervous studio chiefs and rearranged completely, resulting in disaster. The main plot, about an eccentric Contessa taking an Italian chambermaid under her wing, is fairly intriguing and well-performed (especially by a luminous Ingrid Bergman). However, the film, as it now stands, stupidly uses all the main action as a flashback, framed by useless footage of the chambermaid--now an international celebrity--riding around in limos and giving gooey advice to fawning youngsters. It's a near-travesty. I did enjoy the bits of fantasy that allow Liza Minnelli's character to travel about in her imagination, putting herself in the Contessa's place; and much of Geoffrey Unsworth's cinematography is truly evocative (like all those black birds taking flight at once as seen from Bergman's window). But the bungled editing doesn't allow this thing to ever come together or absorb the audience. It's no wonder this was a box-office failure. *1/2 from ****


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