Conversation Piece (Gruppo di famiglia in un interno)
Conversation Piece (Gruppo di famiglia in un interno) (1974)

An introverted American professor (Burt Lancaster) has retired to an Italian house, but finds his life interrupted when a decadent family moves upstairs.

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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

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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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
In "Conversation Piece," Bianca(Silvana Mangano) barges into the Rome apartment of a retired professor(Burt Lancaster), an art historian. Mistakenly,… More