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  • Actors: Stefania Sandrelli, Mario Adorf, Jean-Claude Brialy
  • Directors: Antonio Pietrangeli
  • Format: Restored, Special Edition, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • Release Date: Feb. 23 2016
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  • ASIN: B0184DLI1E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,460 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa01ca3f0) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f8bcd74) out of 5 stars Exceptional drama from master Italian director Pietrangeli starring intense & tragic heroine played to perfection by Sandrelli Jan. 19 2016
By Mick Lamarr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
This might as well be one of the best Italian movies of the 1960s, directed by master Antonio Pietrangeli who untimely died in 1969, and, did not have the chance to work more, and leave us more of his outstanding film work, to cite among others, "La Parmigiana" with Catherine Spaak, and, "Adua e le Compagne", all excellent movies that were fierce evidence of the great power and artistic force of Italian cinema of those days. This one (original title is "Io la conoscevo bene" that translates a bit weakly, if faithfully, into "I knew her well") is well known to be the director's masterpiece, and, the movie that definitely launched the International career of its star, then 19 years old beauty, Stefania Sandrelli who already had known vast popularity in two Pietro Germi's block busters ("Divorce Italian Style" in 1961 and "Seduced and Abandoned" in 1964) and in other French, and Italian movies always of good quality, but, had been often used more as a supporting player or as a young ingenue, rather than the main star: and, here instead, after major screen testing and consideration of all main stars of the time, young Sandrelli won the role, and, she delivered one touching, unforgettable performance that is as heartbreaking, as it is moving, and still extremely real, and timely. Sandrelli went on with great films such as Bertolucci's "The Conformist" (1971), "1900" (1976), Germi's "Alfredo, Alfredo" (1973), Ettore Scola's "We all loved each other so much" in 1975, "The Terrace" in 1980, "The Family"(1987), Paolo Virzi's "The First Beautiful Thing" in 2010, all well known to American audiences as well, and so greatly always confirming her star status, but i must notice that, despite a career that has showed her as an extremely versatile, and, intense player in so many diverse roles and genres, her portrayal of a disillusioned, lonesome, tormented young actress named Adriana Astarelli, facing Rome, and its increasingly evil, and, decadent mentality, burning innocence and natural sentiments in the shimmering years of the Dolce Vita (here almost as exquisitely staged as in the classic Fellini's master work) remains a milestone in Italian, and not only Italian movies enhanced by outstanding performances. Her work, so well guided by such a director, always so incredibly true to women, and, almost always ( a rare occurrence those days) having young women as main protagonists, and not just as antagonists or pure objects of decor, it is memorable here, and showcases gradually with impeccable sensibility, all the phases, all the personal, internal dismal, and, the most saddening downfall of a coming of age, gone all too terribly wrong. It also well serves as a severe critique to all the fashions and judgements of a society, so depicted as shallow and dehumanized as only few other movies were so realistically able to take its audience to a turning point : it is when some must ask profoundly to him/herself extremely life challenging questions. And, furthermore, this movie does indeed put many questions on what morality, compassion, talent, and dreams, the same industry and the arst have or don't have in common, and, at the same time, it accomplishes to accurately nail the bare bones of a Movies scene that comes across naturally here as too often plagued by financial or political interests, instead to think straight or to leave decency to naturals, without breaking dreams, but showing only a significant lack of remorse, and this is all just so superbly done here, without mannerism.
The movie has also incredible production values, with exceptional contributions from the same future director Ettore Scola, and Ruggero Maccari, who co-wrote with Pietrangeli a script that's still stunning, and that can successfully alternate sarcasm, with the most cynical dramatic material, along with more entertaining, comedic, and, bitter sweet moments, always pleasantly sustained by a rich dialog without too many innuendo's and in fact it is as vibrant, as it is contemporary. But, there's even more great work from production designer, and, art director Maurizio Chiari, and, from exceptional director of photography, Armando Nannuzzi, while the catchy music score is composed by Piero Piccioni's melancholic leitmotiv, who makes also such great use of popular songs of the time, gaining effect, and momentum. And, the supporting cast is a powerhouse of International stars of the time (1965) all performing at their best, especially Ugo Tognazzi, as an actor in disgrace who's the only one to end up having some respect, and warmth for Adriana, throughout all the myriad of hardened, deceiving, amoral faces she comes to meet like in a vortex of raising despair, and consequential isolation.
Altogether, i highly recommend this exceptional movie, i cannot promise you will be smiling or feeling good at the end, but, you might have a taste of what failure represents in a World that doesn't want to listen, after having watched a story of a lonesome soul that is powerfully acted, directed, and presented in one true classic film.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f807abc) out of 5 stars A Classic, Belatedly Available Here in the USA May 10 2016
By James vanMaanen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is hands-down the best film I have ever seen about a woman. That it was made in the 1960s but not released here in the USA till now is pretty shocking. But it is worth the time of anyone interested in film, in Italy, in feminism, in the 60s, in women and hell, in just about anything else you might want to add. The director died far too early in his life and career but this film will stand as a testament to his great talent and humanity. Stefania Sandrelli, the leading actress (who is still with us and works almost constantly), is a revelation. Do yourself a favor and buy or rent this wonderful movie. As usual, Criterion has done a splendid job with both the DVD and Blu-ray editions.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f821abc) out of 5 stars Italy 1960 June 10 2016
By Boo - Published on Amazon.com
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For the genre, its good.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f827ca8) out of 5 stars Five Stars June 25 2016
By Jamie Behar - Published on Amazon.com
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A timeless classic.
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HASH(0x9f821d44) out of 5 stars Five Stars June 27 2016
By Luiz - Published on Amazon.com
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Great film.