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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.


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

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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)


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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Release Date:

2 December 1965 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,312, 7 February 2016

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1.85 : 1
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The bridge facing Adriana's apartment building is Ponte Testaccio where Pier Paolo Pasolini's Accattone! (1961) fatal motorbike accident scene was shot (corner of Ponte Testaccio and Lungotevere Portuense). See more »


Roberto: I've seen you somewhere before.
Alice Stendhal: Me? Maybe you saw my mouth at the train station.
Roberto: What?
Alice Stendhal: In an ad for lipstick. Just my mouth, 17 feet high.
Roberto: Good Lord! Just imagine if you made an ad for panties!
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Written by Paolo Lepore and Luigi Naddeo
Performed by Peppino Di Capri
Courtesy of Dischi Carisch
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Languid Handling of Sensational Subject Matter
15 August 2019 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

Director Antonio Pietrangeli handles traditionally lurid & tragic subject matter in a curiously detatched and episodic fashion devoid of the incisive elegance brought by Fellini to superficially similar content in 'La Dolce Vita'; although his excessive use of zooms and pans does rather tend to undermine cameraman Armando Nannuzzi's otherwise attractive visuals and vivid use of Rome locations.

A remarkable number of familiar faces (often considerably younger than we are used to seeing them) flit in and out of the action to uncertain purpose, and much of the film seems a pretext for various splashy party sequences in which desperation habitually seethes just below the surface; paving the way for a drama queen exit for heroine Stefania Sandrelli she scarcely seems to merit.

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