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Luchino Visconti's Conversation Piece on Blu-ray
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2012-03-22

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(Hollywood, CA and Rome, Italy) Hailed by cinephiles for expertly restoring rare films by influential filmmakers and publishing them with compelling extras, Italian Film Boutique RaroVideo announces Conversation Piece Blu-rayrelease on April 10, 2012. In one of his last works, with an all-star international cast, Italian cinema maestro, Luchino Visconti assembles an unlikely crew of characters including Burt Lancaster and Helmut Berger (Visconti's real life lover at the time of filming) all under one Roman palazzo roof. Yves Saint Laurent, a personal friend of both men made Helmut's clothing for the film.

"As the invaders ultimately destroy the old professor, they also are the

undoing of the German gigolo who, we are asked to believe, was once

politically committed until ravaged by the bourgeoisie."

Vincent Canby, The New York Times

"I really enjoyed the film and both Visconti fans and Lancaster fans will

thoroughly appreciate it." DVD Beaver

"Luchino Visconti's penultimate film, Conversation Piece (1974), originally

titled Gruppo di Famiglia in un Interno, occupies a unique place in

Visconti's work and also in the history of world cinema." Mark Reynolds

Conversation Piece (1974) (Luchino Visconti's award-winning classic examines the solitary life of a retired American professor (Burt Lancaster) who lives alone in a luxurious palazzo in Rome. When he is confronted by a vulgar Italian marchesa and her companions — her lover, her daughter and daughter's boyfriend — he is forced to rent them an apartment on the upper floor of his palazzo. Before long his quiet routine is turned upside down and the introverted professor becomes entangled in his tenants' machinations. In the midst of this chaos each of the new neighbors' lives — including that of the professor himself — takes an unexpected but inevitable turn. Visconti's penultimate film, CONVERSATION PIECE marks the culmination of his career as a master of Italian cinema. RELEASE DATE: APRIL 10, 2012

Antonioni's The Vanquished, Fellini's The Clowns, Pasolini's The Anger, Live Like A Cop, Die Like A Man, Body Puzzle, Come Have Coffee With Us, The Overcoat, Murder Obsession, The Secret of Dorian Gray, Crime of Love, To Be Twenty, The Perfume of the Lady in Black, Ubaldo Terzani Horror Show and The Fernando di Leo Crime Collection are all available now from RaroVideo U.S.

For any additional information regarding RAROVIDEO including film art or interview requests please contact Christoph Buerger at (323) 868-7611 or christoph@davidlynch.com .

CONVERSATION PIECE

Price: $29.98 (DVD)

Street Date: April 10, 2012

Pre-Order Date: NOW

Running time: 131 minutes

Distributor: ENTERTAINMENT ONE

DVD UPC: 1601801000

Language: English

Rating: NR

CONVERSATION PIECE - SPECIAL FEATURES:

Original Trailer

Interview with film critic and screenwriter Alessandro Bencivenni

English language

Fully illustrated booklet by Mark Reynolds

Newly digitally restored


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