Violence et passion
Violence et passion (1974)

Un professeur à la retraite devient l'observateur de curieuses moeurs. Burt Lancaster, Sylvana Mangano, Helmut Berger. Un film de Luchino Visconti.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 10, 1974
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Vincent Canby
New York Times

As in bad plays, everyone always means exactly what he says and never has to think a second before saying it. There is no feeling for the complexity of the mental processes, for the mysterious ways in which the mind works.

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Brian Orndorf

Commences as a mannered story concerning an invasion of privacy, only to ultimately reveal itself as an open wound of feelings and political paranoia, shaped into a compelling sit by an influential, widely beloved filmmaker.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

The language is as ornate as the furniture, and the central theme of corruption may be just a tad esoteric for most viewers.

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Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies

Flawed and misshapen as the movie remains, it's also clearly the work of a master of the camera-albeit one in his autumn years.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

And, no, Conversation Piece is not nearly as impressive, ambitious, or powerful as The Leopard. But that doesn't make it a bad film.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A minor Visconti piece.

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Fernando F. Croce

A spry drawing room comedy with roots in My Man Godfrey

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