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A Quiet Place In The Country (1968)

Vanessa Redgrave , Franco Nero , Elio Petri  |  R |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero, Georges Geret
  • Directors: Elio Petri
  • Writers: Elio Petri, Tonino Guerra, Luciano Vincenzoni
  • Producers: Alberto Grimaldi
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: November 30, 2011
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005E7SFEW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,758 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A popular painter, plagued by nightmares that he and his lover/sales agent are engaging in bizarre, ritualistic, sadistic sexual acts, seeks to escape the city and rent a house in the country.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Quiet Place To Lose Your Mind... June 24, 2012
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[A QUIET PLACE IN THE COUNTRY - 1969 - Widescreen - English or Italian w/ English subtitles - Directed by Elio Petri] I was unaware of this film until it was finally released on dvd late in 2011 by MGM Limited Edition Collection DVD-R, and it was a treat to watch. I love hunting for obscure titles and finding minor gems like this one, and who would've thought that renowned director Elio Petri ('The 10th Victim', 'Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion', 'Alfredo Alfredo') would've made a giallo in English? It's an Rome/Paris co-production AKA 'Un Tranquillo Posto Di Campagna'.

Franco Nero stars as a prominent painter who is currently plagued by nightmarish dreams that are both violent and sexually bizarre, involving his lover and press agent, Vanessa Redgrave, and she's convinced it would do him good to get away for a while. He chooses to rent a villa in the country as a means of escape, but instead of the stately places Redgrave shows him, he opts for a quiet, dilapidated place in dire need of repair. He won't let Redgrave talk him out of it, and immediately begins the necessary repairs when he's not working on his paintings.

Redgrave drags several art patrons out to see Nero and his new work, as the costs he's incurring are steep and he needs to sell some artwork in order to continue to support himself, and keep her well-commissioned too. Unfortunately, the nightmares don't cease; in fact, they take on added imagery in the form of a ghostly female presence from the past that has a history tied to the house he's renting. This becomes his new fixation, as he attempts to pry information from the locals about the woman, learning that everyone knew who she was, but no one is willing to divulge all the details from her past.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW January 8, 2014
By Luke
I found this movie by coincidence on You Tube (for free) one evening when I was really bored, and I remembered reading a story long time ago about Franco Nero and Vanessa Redgrave both of which play key roles in this film (they were also lovers during late 1960's, and met 30 years later and rekindled their love in real life). But going back to the film itself, the movie was made in 1968, If I am not mistaking it was shot in Italy or maybe England. The movie is about, a young painter experiencing his first, shall we say, artistic-block combined with bad dreams. Franco Nero looks really cool in this film. Before seeing this film, I only knew him from Django (1966) and his 1970's Italian crime films, but in this film he looks really hip even by today's hipster standards. Vanessa Redgrave is sexy and classy. There is real chemistry between the two (it probably has to do with their real life romance at the time)--Interestingly, Vanessa gave birth to Franco's baby boy in 1969 (their only child). Overall, you have to be patient with this film,...the story unfolds layer by layer until we come to the shocking ending...and the viewer is left dumbfounded!!!

SPOILER ALERT________ The movie is very reminiscent of late Kubrick's "The Shining" (1980).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Psychic Mystery April 17, 2013
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Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero star in Elio Petri's "A Quiet Place in the Country" made at the height of their romance off-screen. On-screen they are well-pitted although Nero basically has the edge on Redgrave normally superior acting prowess. They prove to be have a durable chemistry together although they are seen as abusive to each other psychologically and competitive. Produced by Alberto Grimaldi, Petri's film with screenplay by Petri and Luciano Vincenzoni is brilliantly conceived and done with everyone giving a first-rate performance. Edited by Ruggero Mastroianni, cinematography by Luigi Kuveiller and the score by Ennio Morricone are all equally brilliant as well as the art direction by Sergio Canevari. The film's story is of an artist who goes to the country to work and resides at an estate inhabited by the disturbed ghost of a prior owner whom he proceeds to help solve her unrest. Has a lot to say about our dependence on the advancements of technology on our society. Beautifully done by MGM/UA Limited Editions in English or Italian with subtitles in color. Superior.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film March 14, 2013
By Beau
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To be recommended if the interest in film expands beyond standards and structures. A great film with Franco Nero and Vanessa Redgrave. Can watch it over and over again.
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