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I Knew Her Well (1965)

Io la conoscevo bene (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 2 December 1965 (Italy)
Adriana, a naive Italian country girl, moves to Rome to become a movie star and experiences the dark side of the business.

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Antonio Pietrangeli (story), Ruggero Maccari (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stefania Sandrelli ... Adriana Astarelli
Mario Adorf ... Emilio Ricci, aka Bietolone
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Dario Marchionni
Joachim Fuchsberger ... The Writer
Nino Manfredi ... Cianfanna
Enrico Maria Salerno ... Roberto
Ugo Tognazzi ... Gigi Baggini
Karin Dor ... Barbara, the lady friend of Adriana
Franco Fabrizi ... Paganelli
Turi Ferro ... Il commissario
Robert Hoffmann ... Antonio Marais
Franco Nero ... Italo - The garage attendant
Véronique Vendell ... Alice Stendhal (as Veronique Vendell)
Franca Polesello Franca Polesello ... Maria - The usherette
Renato Terra Renato Terra ... Man in the caravan (as Renato Terra Caizzi)
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Storyline

Adriana, a naive Italian country girl, moves to Rome to become a movie star and experiences the dark side of the business.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | France | West Germany

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

2 December 1965 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

I Knew Her Well See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,312, 7 February 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,312, 7 February 2016
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In 2008, the film was selected to enter the list of the 100 Italian films to be saved (100 film italiani da salvare). The list was created with the aim to report "100 films that have changed the collective memory of the country between 1942 and 1978". The project was established by the Venice Days ("Giornate degli Autori") in the Venice Film Festival, in collaboration with Cinecittà Holding and with the support of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage. See more »

Quotes

Cianfanna: Gimme a cigarette. I don't have any on me - I'm trying to quit.
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Antonio Pietrangeli's swansong is his greatest achievement
5 May 2017 | by manicmotionmanSee all my reviews

There is a scene from I Knew Her Well between Adriana (Stefania Sandrelli) and The Writer (Joachim Fuchsberger) that says a lot about the film:

The Writer: "Trouble is, she likes everything. She's always happy. She desires nothing, envies no one, is curious about nothing. You can't surprise her. She doesn't notice the humiliations, though they happen to her every day. It all rolls off her back like some waterproof material. Zero ambition. No moral code. Not even a whore's love of money. Yesterday and tomorrow don't exist for her. Even living for today would mean too much planning, so she lives for the moment. Sunbathing, listening to records, and dancing are her sole activities. The rest of the time she's mercurial and capricious, always needing brief new encounters with anyone at all... just never with herself."

Adriana: "I'm Milena, right? Is that what I'm like? Some sort of dimwit?"

The Writer: "On the contrary. You may be the wisest of all."

I couldn't encapsulate the brilliance of this incredibly well directed character essay any better.


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