Italian Film Festival

Conversation Piece

Info: Visconti, Italy, 1974, 126 mins, Blu-ray Disc

Language: In Italian, English with English subtitles

Director: Luchino Visconti

Cast: Burt Lancaster, Helmut Berger, Silvana Mangano.

Showtimes

  • Saturday January 9, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Luchino Visconti’s award-winning classic examines the solitary life of a retired American professor (Burt Lancaster, who previously starred in Visconti’s The Leopard) 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.