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Conversation Piece / Gruppo Di Famiglia In Un Interno [Blu-ray]
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Lancaster is superb .Superb also goes for Raro Video's standard definition 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation, which masterfully brings out the richness of the film's optic beauty; a considerable feat! Bonus features are a treat CineGeek heaven! --DVD Verdict
Highly Recommended. Conversation Piece, Luchino Visconti's penultimate movie, is a quiet, yet surprisingly warm, portrait of an unforeseen meeting of the generations…A complicated drama,Conversation Piece has plenty to say about cultural change, age, and human connections. It's a grand work from a master cinematic storyteller, an old film that has received new life via a very modern technology. --DVD Talk
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Lancaster plays an aging academic content to finish his days alone with his art, books, and music. One day a strange and intrusive woman (Silvana Mangano) insists on renting an upstairs apartment in his palazzo. Despite his insistence that it isn't for rent, he is soon meeting her grown children and an aloof family friend (Helmut Berger) and succumbing to their insistent charms. These early moments are played with such chaos and exaggeration, it's hard to identify with Lancaster's acquiescence as he is all but bulldozed in every scene.Read more ›
All of his movies are worth buying, watching, enjoying, studying.
I always loved his taste, his class, his insightful perfection! He was never too excessive, actually very moral, very intense without ever going over board!
His first movies were extremely condensed, introspective, stylish and unforgettable.
His later ones were more open to a mainstream vision,like this one, nonetheless priceless and never compromised.
In fact, "THE CONVERSATION PIECE" (US Ok title for the Italian way more Classic sounding:"GRUPPO DI FAMIGLIA IN UN INTERNO",which more or less, means 'Portrait of a Family in Interns') shot in 1974,is an everlasting classic film, that i keep recommend watching to those who can,always getting call back's or even thank you notes, for having them acquainted, to what has now became also one of their favorite films!Read more ›
The other reviews here are very good, and I won't parrot those, but I do want to mention that Burt Lancaster is superb in his role as the retired, put-upon American professor. If you are familiar with Lancaster only through his big-budget Hollywood roles, see him in this, and you will will re-think your opinion of him as an actor. Then see him in "The Train" and "Atlantic City", "The Swimmer", and "1900", and you will have have a very healthy respect for his acting chops as he does a great job in these very different, but demanding roles.
This is a gorgeous movie to look at; it's emotional without being contrived, and it deserves to be more than a "cult film". I don't consider it to be inaccessible to the masses as many cult films are.
The story: A retired Amercian Professor who lives alone in a luxurious palazzo in Rome, Italy. When he is confronted by a vulgar Italian marchesa and companions-her lover, her daughter and her daughter 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.
Picture quality: 3.5 out of 5
Audio quality: 3.5 out of 5
Languages: Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Original Theatrical Trailer
Interview with film critic and screenwriter Alessandro Bencivenni
Original English language
Fully illustrated booklet by Mark Reyonds (15 pg.)
Awesome, awesome Blu-Ray RaroVideo release of Conversation Piece! This is my 6th RaroVideo release in my collection!
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Excellent performance of all the cast.
This blu ray is excellent in contrast and color.
The sound is corresponding with the original
source. Excellent movie.
I read a positive review regarding the quality of the film's transfer to high definition which prompted my purchase. However I can confirm that clearly was not the case. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kieran Boland
I love these old Burt Lancaster movies as he was really a great acting artist. Who would even dare to go overseas and make movies for a sophisticated European audience? Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by Michael A~~~~
"Conversation Piece", Luchino Visconti's 1974 film, a film made due to the director's being ill, actually, I believe, he was recovering from a stroke, is more minor an end result... Read morePublished on November 24, 2013 by V. Risoli