Burt Lancaster and Helmut Berger in Conversation Piece (1974)
Burt Lancaster and Helmut Berger in Conversation Piece (1974)
Conversation Piece (1974)

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Conversation Piece

Luchino Visconti | United States | 1974 | M

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Wed 10 May 2023

A reclusive retired professor rents the upper floor of his luxurious palazzo to an aristocratic family who bring chaos, vulgarity, soap-opera intrigues and much-needed life to his musty existence. Visconti’s first film after his stroke is an intimate chamber piece that turns Lancaster (who previously collaborated with Visconti on The Leopard) into something of a director surrogate, his melancholic ambivalence regarding contemporary politics, art and his own impending mortality reflecting Visconti’s perceived position as the product of a bygone era. With Helmut Berger and Silvana Mangano.

35mm print courtesy of Cinecittà Luce.

Format: 35mm
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Source: Cinecittà Luce
Runtime: 121 mins

Event duration

121 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

Burt Lancaster (1913–94) didn’t appear in his first film until he was in her early thirties. Prior to his breakthrough role alongside Ava Gardner in The Killers (1946), he had a highly successful career as a circus acrobat and as an entertainer in the Special Forces during World War II...

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