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A Matter of Time (1976)

A simple young woman helps eccentric old countess deal with her old age and she introduces the young woman to a world of upper class society.

Director:

Vincente Minnelli

Writers:

Maurice Druon (novel), John Gay (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liza Minnelli ... Nina
Ingrid Bergman ... Contessa Sanziani
Charles Boyer ... Count Sanziani
Spiros Andros Spiros Andros ... Mario
Tina Aumont ... Valentina
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Antonio Vicari
Geoffrey Copleston Geoffrey Copleston ... Hotel Manager
Antonio Jacono Antonio Jacono ... Hotel Porter (as Dominot)
Fernando Rey ... Charles Van Maar
Orso Maria Guerrini ... Gabriele d'Orazio
Jean Mas Jean Mas ... Kaiser Wilhelm
Isabella Rossellini ... Sister Pia
Amedeo Nazzari ... Tewfik
Virgilio Volpe Virgilio Volpe ... Restaurant Owner
Philippe Hersent Philippe Hersent ... Cook
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Storyline

Nina has just started working as a chambermaid in Rome's Imperial Hotel, a once grand but now slightly run down establishment. She works alongside her cousin Valentina, who encouraged her to do this work to expose her to a better life. One of the people whose room Nina attends is seventy-two year old Contessa Lucretia Sanziani, a longtime resident who has been estranged from her husband, Count Carlos Sanziani, for forty years. However, her stay at the hotel is threatened when her money stars to run out and the Count informs the hotel that he wants nothing to do with her, even if something serious happens to her. The Countess was once considered the "love goddess" of Europe, she who still lives in the fantasy of that life and her memories. In Nina, the Contessa sees a younger version of herself, and encourages her to be herself and that people will notice. The Contessa also takes her under her wing in providing a more polished version of herself to the world. During this process, the ... Written by Huggo

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The adventure of discovering the joy of being a woman. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1976 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Carmela See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Debut film of Isabella Rossellini. See more »

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Featured in Private Screenings: Liza Minnelli (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

A Matter of Time
Music and Lyrics by Fred Ebb and John Kander
Performed by Liza Minnelli (uncredited)
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A tantalizing what-might-have-been
22 September 1999 | by CapboySee all my reviews

Ingrid Bergman is excellent in this unfortunate misfire, gruesomely "re-edited" by the clueless American-International studio. Vincente Minnelli disowned the finished project, and other directors (such as Martin Scorsese) took out ads in Variety protesting the re-cutting of the project. Liza's performance is all over the place, although she does have a few affecting moments. Overall, an intriguing mess.


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