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A Quiet Place in the Country (1968)

Un tranquillo posto di campagna (original title)
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A popular painter, plagued by nightmares that he and his lover/sales agent are engaging in bizarre, ritualistic, sadistic sexual acts, seeks to escape the city and rent a house in the country.

Director:

Elio Petri

Writers:

Tonino Guerra (story), Elio Petri (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Franco Nero ... Leonardo Ferri
Vanessa Redgrave ... Flavia
Georges Géret ... Attilio
Gabriella Boccardo Gabriella Boccardo ... Wanda (as Gabriella Grimaldi)
Madeleine Damien Madeleine Damien ... Wanda's Mother
Valerio Ruggeri Valerio Ruggeri
Rita Calderoni Rita Calderoni ... Egle
Renato Menegotto Renato Menegotto ... Egle's Friend
Arnaldo Momo Arnaldo Momo ... Villager
Sara Momo Sara Momo ... Villager
Otello Cazzola Otello Cazzola ... Villager
Constantino De Luca Constantino De Luca ... Villager
Marino Bagiola Marino Bagiola ... Villager
Piero De Franceschi Piero De Franceschi ... Villager
Camillo Besenzon Camillo Besenzon ... Villager
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Renowned painter Leonardo Ferri, whose works have a standard price set by the market, and his girlfriend Flavia live together in his studio in Milan. He has not completed any paintings in two months as he slowly goes mad. His mental issues, about which Flavia is aware, includes a recurring dream where she is torturing him before attempting to kill him. As such, Flavia makes arrangements for them to rent a country villa outside of Venice where the change in scenery may recharge his creative juices. Because she can feel negative energy toward her at the villa, Flavia decides to spend her weekdays in Milan, visiting on the weekends, leaving Leonardo alone at the villa during week with only the housekeeper, Egle. Still haunted by his mental problems, Leonardo tries but is unable to restart his work. During this time alone, he learns of Vanda Valier, a previous occupant of the villa who was killed outside the villa walls during the war at age fifteen. Many of the locals still have their ... Written by Huggo

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Nymphomania, necrophilia, fetishism, sadomasochism. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

14 August 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Quiet Place in the Country See more »

Filming Locations:

Milan, Lombardia, Italy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Disappointing Filming Of What Should Have Been A Fascinating Story
6 March 2001 | by CinebugSee all my reviews

A mad artist can't separate fantasy from reality and takes us on a 106 minute, sleep-inducing journey through his own illusions, which include a vision of a girl who died twenty years ago in an Italian villa. Cinematic chloroform from what should have been a fascinating film. Had the music not been so frightfully avant-garde, I might have enjoyed this a little more. I got the point that the music reflected his inner turmoil, but it was just a bit too noisy and chaotic for me. Also, his imitation of a three year old who can't keep the same train of though for more than five minutes de-railed my interest in the story. Vanessa Redgrave, especially, and the rest of the cast give fine performances, but the movie just didn't work for me. This film was a real disappointment and I kept thinking what Mario Bava could have done with material like this!


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