Eureka Entertainment to release Luchino Visconti's CONVERSATION PIECE, a heartfelt tale of loneliness and intimacy starring Burt Lancaster and an international ensemble cast, in a Dual Format edition as part of the Masters of Cinema Series on 15 August 2016. Eleven years after The Leopard, the revered Italian maestro Luchino Visconti reteamed with the iconic Burt Lancaster on the lavish Conversation Piece [Gruppo di famiglia in un interno]. A retired American professor (Lancaster) lives a solitary and luxurious life in a house in Rome. His world takes an unexpected... turn when he is forced to rent part of his house to a countess and her companions: a lover, a daughter and the daughter's boyfriend. Forced into interaction with the unruly younger group, the professor's growing fascination begins to stir the possibilities of a life he had previously kept at arm's length. A sumptuous, grandly enjoyable chamber drama with a wry sense of humour, Conversation Piece features an international ensemble cast including Helmut Berger, Silvana Mangano and Stefano Patrizi (with uncredited cameos by Claudia Cardinale and Dominique Sanda). The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Visconti's penultimate film in a new dual-format edition from a brand new 2K restoration. Click Images to Enlarge [show more]
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Luchino Visconti directs this psychological drama starring Burt Lancaster. The film follows an American professor (Lancaster) who opts for a quiet retirement in the solitary Roman palazzo he has inherited from his mother. But when the room upstairs is rented to a vulgar Italian family, led by Marchesa Bianca Brumonti (Silvana Mangano), his cosy, ordered life is completely turned upside down by their antisocial lifestyle. As he becomes more involved in their affairs, against his better judgement, the professor is forced to face his latent homosexuality and his approaching death. The cast also includes Helmut Berger, Claudia Marsani and Stefano Patrizi.