I Knew Her Well (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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This prismatic portrait of the days and nights of a party girl in sixties Rome is a revelation. On the surface, I Knew Her Well, directed by Antonio Pietrangeli, plays like an inversion of La dolce vita with a woman at its center, following the gorgeous, seemingly liberated Adriana (Divorce Italian Style s Stefania Sandrelli) as she dallies with a wide variety of men, attends parties, goes to modeling gigs, and circulates among the rich and famous. Despite its often light tone, though, the film is a stealth portrait of a suffocating culture that regularly dehumanizes people, especially women. A seriocomic character study that never strays from its complicated central figure while keeping us at an emotional remove, I Knew Her Well is one of the most overlooked films of the sixties, by turns hilarious, tragic, and altogether jaw-dropping.
BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
- New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
- New interview with actor Stefania Sandrelli
- New interview with film scholar Luca Barattoni about the career of director Antonio Pietrangeli
- New English subtitle translation
- PLUS: An essay by journalist and author Alexander Stille
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mid 1960's. "I Knew Her Well" is a stunning film which begins virtually as an exercise in voyeurism and ends with a shocking punch at the
end of the life of a protagonist who searched, without fulfillment, for meaning in life and one's relationships. With a new 4-K digital restoration the viewer can at last view a generally long-forgotten work of early Italian Cinema and enjoy a story very reminiscent of another classic,
'The Girl With A Suitcae'.
During the 60s, mostly in the early part of the decade, women all of the sudden became European filmmaker's fascination. We had Antonioni movies with Monica Vitti, Bunuel and Jeanne Moreau, Silvia Pinal and Deneuve; Visconti and Claudia Cardinale on the great “Vaghe Stelle dell'Orsa”, Godard and Chantal Goya, Anna Karina and Bardot, Truffaut’s “The Bride Wore Black” with Jeanne Moreau. Not to mention Fellini, Bergman, etc… and etc… The list is extensive. These are movies with woman’s themes, with an actress in a leading role from scene by scene. These movies made us hear women’s inner-voice in a society that was making adjustments to their role. They were becoming independent and collecting the fruits of their emancipation. How did they adapt? How did they pursue their ambitions? How did they fit in?
”I Knew her Well” follows this trend. There was a moment in the movie that Adriana is defined as someone who just lives the present moment, without bothering with the past and future. But we know that there is something beyond that. We are not sure what. But we know. That’s the key for Stefania Sandrelli successful performance. In reality, we don’t know her well. If this is true for Adriana, it also applies to the characters portrayed by Claudia Cardinale, Monica Vitti and so on. They were a step further from Sophia Loren.
Then we have Armando Nannuzzi. Nobody was able to get the amazing texture of the black and white as the Italians. They also knew how to move the camera and use the zoom as nobody else. Their trademark. Nannuzzi, Gianni Di Venanzo, Tonino Delli Colli, all of them.
I wonder if by the time Pietrangeli was shooting the movie, he had any idea on the impact ”I Knew her Well” will cause to us, more than 50 years later. The fashion, the cars, the pop songs, the streets, we are transported to Rome in 1964. This is a treasure. “I Knew her Well” has more style than all movies made in every country in the world in the last 20, 30 or more years put together.
Even the voice-over, another trademark of the Italian movies, has its charm.
The Criterion restoration is perfect. The DVD extras bring an interview with Stefania Sandrelli - aged quite well - and an Italian film critic who gave an overview of Pietrangeli’s brilliant and short career.
After Sgt. Peppers, things went to a different direction. The great black and white movies started to fade away and the filmmakers were inspired by new social themes. Movies about women became less frequent. But then Lina Wertmuller decided to make movies...
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