A retired professor lives alone in luxurious Rome apartment, withdrawn from the world and accompanied only by his art. His seemingly peaceful existence is shattered when he’s convinced to rent out space to a group of young lodgers.
Approaching 70, the great Luchino Visconti reunited with Burt Lancaster, the star of his Palme d’Or winner The Leopard, to offer this exquisite look back: a modestly scaled and conceptually rich drama, as an old master contemplates a new world.
Astonishing late masterpiece: a subtler (both formally-as if the movements & space itself were more involuted-and thematically-involving greater incursions on the webs spun by solitary consciousness) & wider-ranging reprise of the thematic material of Death in Venice, constructed this time entirely indoors where each room of the psyche & of the house undergoes a different chastening through the disruptions of passion
Visconti is great, I have seen almost all of his films and love them.. Burt Lancaster is fabulous, too. Burt is even better in Visconti's IL GATTOPARDO (1963). Lancaster was also great in Bertolucci's 1900, Born in New York City, Burt Lancaster is a great Italian actor!
It's hard to be a misanthrope when people keep getting you involved in their sordid affairs. This is helpful when you're trying to think of reasons to hate the rich. Their stupid games turned him back into a human despite his rationalizations.
Perhaps this needs a second viewing,as the acting and dialogue wasn't enough to detract from the exquisite interiors. Lancaster is of course great,but the voice acting of the others failed to convey the idea of collision between young and old.