CONVERSATION PIECE

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CONVERSATION PIECE

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Luchino Visconti

1974  122 minutes  2.35:1  Italy

Editions: DVD and Blu-Ray

The setting for Conversation Piece is a handsome old Roman palazzo owned by a Professor (Burt Lancaster), an aging, American-born, Roman bred art historian who devotes his life to his books, his paintings, and his stereo recordings of Mozart. His life is turned upside down when his house and his intellectual life is invaded by a rich, pushy, overdressed marquesa, played by Silvana Mangano.

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Synopsis

The setting for Conversation Piece is a handsome old Roman palazzo owned by a Professor (Burt Lancaster), an aging, American-born, Roman bred art historian who devotes his life to his books, his paintings, and his stereo recordings of Mozart. His life is turned upside down when his house and his intellectual life is invaded by a rich, pushy, overdressed marquesa, played by Silvana Mangano, the wife of a Fascist industrialist, and her teen-age daughter (Claudia Marsani), her young German lover (Helmut Berger) and her daughter’s lover (Stefano Patrizi). These four characters are able to persuade the Professor to lease them his upstairs apartment for a year and what unfolds is a truly revealing exploration of the idle rich, their kinky side, and what the stuffy old professor can learn from them.

Reviews

Though filmed with his usual immaculate eye for décor and composition, the first half of Conversation Piece (Gruppo di famiglia in un interno) is unusually spry and funny for a Visconti film. Lancaster’s flustered reactions and Berger’s profane telephone threats make for great trash viewing, and the story really kicks into gear one hour in with a kinky plot twist.
— Mondo Digital
The Verdict -Bravissimo!
— DVDVerdict

Cast and Credits

Director
Luchino Visconti

Writer
Suso Cecchi d’Amico, Enrico Medioli, Luchino Visconti

Producer
Giovanni Bertolucci

Cast
Burt Lancaster, Helmut Berger, Silvana Mangano

Cinematography
Pasqualino De Santis

Editing
Ruggero Mastroiannii 

Music
Franco Mannino

Special Features

Original Trailer
Interview with film critic and screenwriter Alessandro Bencivenni
English original language
Fully illustrated booklet by Mark Reynolds
New digitally restored

Production: Italy – 1974
Running time: 122 minutes, color
Language: English
Audio: Dolby digital 2.0
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

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Official Release Date: March 13, 2012 AVAILABLE NOW ON OUR WEBSITE

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