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A Quiet Place in the Country

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4.0 out of 5 stars (14) IMDb 6.8/10

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.

Starring:
Franco Nero, Vanessa Redgrave
Runtime:
1 hour, 46 minutes

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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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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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This is a great, underrated, atmospheric, at times creepy, at times funny tale of an unstable, uncompromising, brilliant painter (Franco Nero) who is emotionally still in an adolescent boy phase. He is with a controlling, manipulative lover who is also his manager/agent (Vanessa Redgrave - these guys were a real life item at time - and got back w/ each other in early 90s and still together today). Director Petri (who also did THE 10TH VICTIM and INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION) balances the elements to create a really unique film that is part ghost story, part psycho-drama about someone losing their mind and part tragi-comedy/satire on gender roles, art [...], etc,. Highly recommended With one of my favorite (though atypical) Morricone scores.
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By L on January 8, 2014
Format: DVD
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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A popular artist named Leonardo (Franco Nero) decides that he must escape city life in Milan, and moves to A QUIET PLACE IN THE COUNTRY. He and his lover / agent, Flavia (Vanessa Redgrave) locate a beautiful villa in the middle of nowhere. Leonardo moves in and gets to work on his paintings. Unfortunately, Leonardo discovers that a 17yo countess named Wanda died in the villa, and suspects that her ghost remains there. Becoming obsessed w/ Wanda, Leonardo sets out to learn all he can about the girl. What he uncovers only serves to drive him further into obsession. Meanwhile, a series of near-fatal "accidents" befall Flavia. Is Wanda trying to kill her? This all leads to a big seance toward the end, and the revelation of the full depths of Leonardo's insanity. AQPITC is a rather odd, deceptively creepy film. It's one of those late 60s "art" movies that can be quite disorienting. Best understood in the context of the period. Still, it's well worth a viewing...
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