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La Visita (The Visitor) (1963)

Sandra Milo , Francois Perier , Antonio Pietrangeli  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Sandra Milo, Francois Perier, Mario Adorf, Gastone Moschin
  • Directors: Antonio Pietrangeli
  • Writers: Ettore Scora, Gino De Santis, Ruggero Maccari
  • Producers: Moris Ergas
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Restored, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Raro Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006MHZ36Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,949 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Thanks to Raro Video, here s another finely detailed film by the overlooked Italian director Antonio Pietrangeli, whose lucid, unsettling comedy Adua and Her Friends was released by Raro last year. --The New York Times

An increasingly nuanced and complex portrayal of the things we do for security and love, Antonio Pietrangeli s The Visitor (La Visita) is a small masterwork. Following up their superb release of Pietrangeli s Adua and Her Friends, Raro Video presents another solid DVD from this criminally little known Italian filmmaker. --Cinema Sentries

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Thirty-something stunning beauty Pina (Sandra Milo) takes out an ad in the personal column hoping to find a man to take her away from the tiny Italian village where she lives. For months now she has been trying to find the right one - a man with a solid career, a family in mind, and plenty of stamina. Adolfo (Francois Perier) lives in Rome running a profitable business. Looking to share his life with that special person willing to raise a family Adolfo replies to Pina's ad. The couple arrange to meet in the village where Pina lives. Will they be perfect for one another or will they find things were better the way they were?

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Director Antonio Pietrangeli's surprising and delightful "La Visita" is a film that certainly had the potential to be a very different and far more unpleasant experience. Made in 1963, this quiet character piece offers up elements of drama, comedy, and romance to produce an end result that still has unexpected resonance in today's modern movie marketplace. The central duo at the heart of "La Visita" are deeply flawed (and quite self-serving) individuals who employ deceit and dishonesty in an attempt to forge a marriage of convenience, each with ulterior motives of their own. In some context, either or both might have been depicted as a victim or as a villain in this suspect courtship. And yet, Pietrangeli does something far more interesting. He places these characters on equal footing and the comedic maneuvering ends up morphing into genuine drama. Through it all, there is a romantic wistfulness, but "La Visita" never panders, goes soft, or takes the easy way out. In the end, despite some of its lightness--it feels remarkably real as well. And that caught me by surprise!

"La Visita" takes place over a period of twenty-four hours. A career man from Rome (Francois Perier) travels to a small Italian village to meet a financially independent woman (Sandra Milo) with whom he has been corresponding. Milo placed a personal ad because she wants to get married, escape her small town world, and sever ties with an unhealthy relationship she has been fostering. Perier, meanwhile, is looking to get out of the city and a dead-end job, particularly with someone of means. At first meeting, the two really have little in common--but each is so determined that this be a match, they do whatever is necessary to overlook their differences.
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I spoke with a friend on the phone the other day and a friend who is absolutely passionate about cinema. I told him about a film that I watched recently, "La Visita" directed by Antonio Pietrangeli.

My friend replied with, "Who is Antonio Pietrangeli?".

And I'm sure that within the last few decades, many have replied similarly when hearing about this director for the first time.

But it's not surprising. In the 1950's and 1960's, there were Italian filmmakers who were known for their post-war Italian neorealism films or sexual comedies. Similar to other countries in Europe, there was a huge growth of filmmakers and writers who worked on cinema and very few were known for their work in the genre.

Others were forgotten until now. Among those filmmakers who were forgotten was Antonio Pietrangeli ("March's Child", "I Knew Her Well", "Empty Eyes"), a filmmaker known for Commedia all'italiana (Italian style comedy) and worked in the Italian neorealism movement.

While Pietrangeli is also known in Italy for his cinema articles for "Bianco e Nero" and "Cinema" magazines, his films didn't garner too much attention as his other associates were creating films with deep storylines and films that had the best actors or actresses of that era in time.

But in 1963, Pietrangeli would go on to create a film known as "La Visita" (The Visitor) that was truly Commedia all'italiana and have not only captured the attention of today's cineaste but also for many to recognize Antonio Pietrangeli as one of Italy's finest filmmakers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pietrangeli's BEST!!! November 19, 2013
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In my personal opinion this must be my favorite Pietrangeli's film.

From what I heard, it took the screenwriter almost a year to write a movie script for this production...back in those
days they really did pay-close-attention to screenwriting.

Romantic-Comedy, or should I say: Quirky Comedy made Italian Style. This is typical Italian humor: honest, brutal and romantic at once.

The two main character together with "Cucaracha" (great Mario Adorf) :) give performances of their lives.
Call me old-fashioned, but even though I was born in 1980's I can totally relate to 1960's Italy. The entire movie takes place
in some provincial Italian small town somewhere up-north. A lot of scenes are shot inside a village house. The male protagonist, wonderful Francois Perier (Frenchman) playing Italian single from Rome by the name Adolfo Di Palma :)---reminds me of the great
comedians Peter Sellers and Louis de Funes.

The humor, characters, dialogue, and movie flow is just amazing...totally recommend this one for people who enjoyed watching: Nights of Cabiria (1957), Mafioso (1962), Seduced & Abandoned (1964), or Divorce Italian Style (1962).
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This wonderful Italian comedy by Antonio Pietrangeli (from Raro Video - USA) is the 1st early print DVD version on the story of singles facing a fast fading, fountain of youth disappearing, lonely hearts club, seek-n-find Neo-Realism. Whereby any empty heart can sift through multitudes of possible fake listings to find one special soulmate, discovering you have both whittled down the possibilities of the other as last hope, grapse, barrier against life of loneliness. Hoping beyond any feasible reality, we are treated to a mismatch, worthy the ages, our couple unravel the best in each other. They come under mass community scrutiny, microscopic curiosity, and view from near woods that rains down stones. Yes, they become more dismayed with each other as the truth of buried secrets kept, hop out like rabbits just born, like a cartoon unseen, hordes of wildlife breeding with never a hint, clue for privacy.

Using personal ads listed in the biggest national newspapers, reaching the most concentrated demographics wished for, and wondering if those wordy descriptions of those whom walk this life as the "One Is The Loneliest Number" is so easily solved as compromise found/made/agreed. Credit Raro Video for reviving this lost jewel Criterion Collection won't bother with.

This is a madcap comedy on par with the stateside illuminates as: The Apartment, Some LIke It Hot, and Baby Doll. Sad meets funny, but life goes on with favorable "letters sent", heart strings strumming in retro reflections, a 24 hour clock ticks, worth everything in this life rushing by. If I still have you, go fetch this awesome film/DVD, which includes three choice interviews, and downloadable booklet if you go to a reputable print shop familiar w/digital print outs.
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