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Conversation Piece
October 2018 Ciao, Bella

The elderly Professor (Burt Lancaster) is a quiet man, content to live surrounded by his paintings and memories of a lost marriage in his opulent Palazzo. Enter Marquise Bianca Brumonti (Silvana Mangano) who insists on renting an apartment for her lover, and the modern world, with all its destructiveness, loudness, youth and complexities soon descends. Mangano is wonderful as the crass, still beautiful and unfaithful trophy wife who upends a quiet man’s self-imposed exile from life, and Lancaster delivers a poignant performance as a man who awakens, unwillingly, to the realities of time and change.

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