Conversation Piece

Directed by Luchino Visconti

Year: 1974
Running Time: 122
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Country: Italy
Language: Italian and English w/English subtitles [audio]
Shop Home Video Educational Use

Conversation Piece

Cast
Burt Lancaster
Helmut Berger
Silvana Mangano

Crew
Directed by Luchino Visconti


Luchino Visconti's award-winning classic examines the solitary life of a retired American professor (Burt Lancaster) who lives alone in a luxurious palazzo in Rome. When he is confronted by a vulgar Italian marchesa and her companions - her lover, her daughter and the daugther's boyfriend - he is forced to rent them an apartment on the upper floor of his palazzo. Before long his quiet routine is turned upside down and the introverted professor becomes entangled in his tenants' machinations. In the midst of this chaos each of the new neighbors' lives - including that of the professor himself - takes an unexpected but inevitable turn.

Visconti's penultimate film, Conversation Piece marks the culmination of his career as a master of Italian cinema.

Reviews

"The Verdict -Bravissimo!" - Dvdverdict

"Though filmed with his usual immaculate eye for decor 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



Awards

  • Best Film David di Donatello Awards
    Official Selection New York Film Festival

Join the conversation
'@KinoLorber' on Jun. 27 2022 at 11:32am
@newworldcurator' @SaulWilliams' Now playing at' @PlazaAtlanta'!
'@KinoLorber' on Jun. 26 2022 at 6:27pm
RT' @Smellthebreeze': ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My favorite movie thus far this year. It’s about queerness, blackness, oppression, liberation, technology, tr…
'@KinoLorber' on Jun. 26 2022 at 5:30pm
RT' @cineSPEAK': FRI JULY 8' @BartramsGarden—Catch' this gorgeous #film under the summer sky w/Opening Performance x' @JacqConMusic' ++ Sculptura…
'@KinoLorber' on Jun. 26 2022 at 5:28pm
RT' @SaulWilliams': “The best art is political and you ought to be able to make it unquestionably political and irrevocably beautiful at the…
'@KinoLorber' on Jun. 26 2022 at 5:15pm
RT' @dreamstatesmeta': Unanimous Goldmine is the greeting of the resource rich who face a world beholden to the currency of our depletion. Th…
'@KinoLorber' on Jun. 26 2022 at 4:20pm
RT' @dreamstatesmeta': Get charged✨✨🛸 📍See #NeptuneFrost tonight!' https://t.co/Zoz43RKjq7'' https://t.co/ME45MxiO4U'
'@KinoLorber' on Jun. 26 2022 at 3:42pm
RT' @manyweare': This right here. Saul Williams is right: charge your spirit and imagination with art like Neptune Frost. We need it. https:/…
'@KinoLorber' on Jun. 26 2022 at 2:06pm
RT' @SaulWilliams': NEPTUNE FROST is "a war cry that’s simultaneously a galvanizing call to action, a message of hope and a reminder that a d…
'@KinoLorber' on Jun. 26 2022 at 1:15pm
RT' @Belcourt': "A percussive, transcendental Afrofuturist musical" re' @intothecrevasse'' @LWLies'. ' @SaulWilliams' and #AnisiaUzeyman's NEPTUNE…
'@KinoLorber' on Jun. 26 2022 at 1:12pm
RT' @Cinema_Detroit': NEPTUNE FROST starts July 01! Info and tickets at' https://t.co/txY8s4d80Q' #movies #detroit #CinemaDetroit' https://t.co…'
Tweet Now!

Inquiries & Press

General Inquiries

Kino Lorber, Inc.
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (212) 629-6880
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871

Press & Media

For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing dninh@kinolorber.com or calling 212-629-6880.

Educational

Please visit our educational site at www.KinoLorberEDU.com

For assistance with educational orders, please contact us at:

Phone:212-629-6880
Fax: 212-714-0871
Email: edu@kinolorber.com