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A Quiet Place in the Country (1968)

Un tranquillo posto di campagna (original title)
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An accomplished painter rents a dilapidated villa in the country, and soon finds himself absorbed in the property's history, particularly the murder of a sex-obsessed countess who died there decades prior.


Elio Petri


Tonino Guerra (story), Elio Petri (story) | 2 more credits »
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Franco Nero ... Leonardo Ferri
Vanessa Redgrave ... Flavia
Georges Géret ... Attilio (as Georges Geret)
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


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 »


Drama | Fantasy | Horror


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Elio Petri wanted Jack Nicholson for the role of Leonardo Ferri, but he was unavailable. See more »


Leonardo Ferri: I don't know what's happened to me! I've got to get away!
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Excellent Italian horror film!
19 March 2002 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

I tracked this rarely seen Italian horror on Polish TV and I'm really glad that I taped it.This is a truly bizarre study of madness,which reminds me Polanski's "Repulsion"(1965).The main character-a painter brilliantly played by Franco Nero is trying to run away from his strange visions.He visits an old mansion to find peace,quiet and inspiration,but it seems that this place is haunted by the ghost of a young girl.He slowly loses his sanity...This unjustly forgotten and rather disturbing horror film is a cinematic pleasure to watch for fans of bizarre Italian cinema.The characters are really weird,the musical score by Ennio Morricone is unforgettable and there are some genuine moments of insanity and creepiness.Elio Petri created an unique film,which should be seen by everybody(not only by horror fans!).Highly recommended.

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15 November 1968 (Italy) See more »

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