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Conversation Piece (1974)

Gruppo di famiglia in un interno (original title)
A reclusive, retired professor is faced with confronting modernity when a group of vulgar youths, led by an obnoxious marchesa, take up residence in his unused upper residence.

Director:

Luchino Visconti

Writers:

Enrico Medioli (story), Suso Cecchi D'Amico (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Lancaster ... Il Professore
Helmut Berger ... Konrad Huebel
Silvana Mangano ... Marchesa Bianca Brumonti
Claudia Marsani Claudia Marsani ... Lietta Brumonti
Stefano Patrizi ... Stefano
Elvira Cortese Elvira Cortese ... Erminia
Philippe Hersent Philippe Hersent ... Portiere
Guy Tréjan ... Venditore di quadri
Jean-Pierre Zola ... Blanchard
Umberto Raho ... Commissario
Enzo Fiermonte ... Commissario
Romolo Valli ... Micheli
George Clatot George Clatot
Valentino Macchi Valentino Macchi
Vittorio Fanfoni Vittorio Fanfoni
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Storyline

Retired professor of American origin lives solitary life in luxurious palazzo in Rome He is confronted by vulgar Italian marchesa and her companions: her lover, her daughter and daughter's boyfriend and forced to rent to them an apartment on upper floor of his palazzo. From this point his quiet routine is turned into chaos by his tenants' machinations, and everybody's life is taking unexpected but inevitable turn. Written by Alex Asp

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Official site [Japan]

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Italy | France

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

23 June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Conversation Piece See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Because Luchino Visconti was severely affected by a stroke, the insurance companies refused the risk of insuring the production. The filming could begin only after Burt Lancaster promised to replace the director behind the camera if necessary. See more »

Quotes

Marchesa Bianca Brumonti: He was too young to have learned this final nasty fact: grief is as precarious as anything else.
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The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to remove two uses of the word 'cunt'. When the film was resubmitted in 2003 only one use of the word was present in the version and this was passed uncut. See more »

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The Visconti microscope.
12 February 2003 | by mifunesamuraiSee all my reviews

Professor Lancaster leads a reclusive life in his art deco apartment, surrounded by classical paintings, books and memories. Along come new loud tenants who rent his upstairs apartment and force themselves onto the Professor who then questions his existence as a mixture of the old and new culture clash in intellectual wars and morals. Another interesting piece from Visconti's preoccupied topics of fallen aristocrats and the morality of life.


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