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Conversation Piece


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Burt Lancaster Helmut Berger
Silvana Mangano
Elegantly directed by Visconti, Conversation Piece is dominated by a finely-controlled performance by Burt Lancaster as the solitary professor who has filled his grand apartment in Rome with 18th-century paintings of family groups known as 'conversation pieces'. But when the Countess Brumonti lures the reclusive professor into accepting some tenants, he finds his privacy and self-composure increasingly disrupted by the sexually ambiguous presence of the Countess's handsome young German lover.
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Unknown: Burt Lancaster
Unknown: Helmut Berger
Unknown: Silvana Mangano
Unknown: Burt Lancaster
Play By: Suso Cecchi
Produced By: Giovanni Bertolucci
Directed By: Luchino Visconti
Professor: Burt Lancaster
Konrad Hubel: Helmut Berger
Lietta Brumonti: Claudia Marsani
Bianca: Silvana Mangano
Stefano: Stefano Patrizi
Erminia: Elvira Cortese
Art dealers: Guy Trejan
Art dealers: Jean-Pierre Zola
Micheli: Romolo Valli
Police commisioner: Umberto Raho
Porter: Philippe Hersent
Professor's wife: Claudia Cardinale

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