Plus Novecento in '76 with Bertolucci, I'd really like to see this.
After having recently seen Helmut Berger screech his way across the screen as a whining sadist in *Beast with a Gun*, I just wasn't prepared for the depth and breadth of his performance here, for how perfectly he becomes a type, a character that seems both to be perfectly himself, perfectly familiar, yet freshly rendered in every next scene. Pretty great.
I'll never forget this film, a meditation on mortality I was watching when I learned the news that Ebert had died. It's exactly the kind of film Ebert taught me to love - subtle, adult, intelligent and rich in meaning and beauty. Lancaster gives one of his finest performances and Helmut Berger is a revelation. Dat mise-en-scene!
I rediscovered Burt in Visconti films. What a fine actor despite his hollywood background..wait he did have some good hollywood movies. But i believe Burt evolv in these foreign cinema especially with Visconti. Burt was breathtaking and his chemistry with Helmut was toxicating. Definitely worth talking about!
Considered as Luchino Visconti’s “last will & testament”, “Gruppo Di Famiglia In Un Interno” (also known as “Conversation Piece”) is another magnificent Visconti film and a personal film that I appreciated in so many levels. "Gruppo Di Famiglia In Un Interno" is a idiosyncratic film that I will forever enjoy partly due to its grandeur, its beauty, its humor, its absurdity, its acerbic tone and message.
"Violência e paixão" é raro em vários aspectos: envolve decadência aristocrática, tema caro a Visconti, ativismo político- um 'estado de choque' entre direita e esquerda- e pitadas de libertinagem própria dos anos 70. Burt Lancaster, envelhecido mas alterego da 3ª idade do diretor, está ótimo no papel de 'professor', e Silvana Mangano como a marquesa sem pudores. A dublagem em inglês é mortal, mas o filme sobrevive.
Quite intriguing, yet something is missing to turn this into an absolutely satisfying movie experience. On a randome note, Helmut Berger is perfectly yummy.