This film is about a lonely art collector (Burt Lancaster) who lives in Rome and how his life is changed when the wife of a rightist industrialist, Marchesa Bianca Brumonti (Silvana Magani), her gigolo Konrad (Helmet Berger), her precocious daughter and her daughter's boyfriend Stefano end up renting the upper portion of his luxurious apartment. He gets involved in the affairs of complete strangers much against his will and ends up being even lonelier than before.
What certainly is typical of Visconti here is the cinematography, as this is once again a visually stunning film. The Raro edition in 2012 marks the film's first widescreen availability on home video in America, with the original English track intact. (Lancaster, Mangano, and Berger all provide their own voices.) --Turner Classic Movies
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