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Luchino Visconti’s Conversation Piece on dual format in August

26 May 2016

Eureka Entertainment have announced the release of 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 in August.

Eleven years after The Leopard [Il gattopardo], 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).

Conversation Piece cover

Conversation Piece will be released on UK dual format (Blu-ray and DVD) on 15th August 2016 by Eureka as part of the masters of Cinema series at the RRP of £19.99.

Disc features:

  • 1080p transfer of the film from a brand new 2K restoration

  • Features both the original English language soundtrack and the Italian dub track that was produced at the same time

  • Optional English SDH (for the English track) and optional English subtitles for the Italian track

  • Interview with critic and screenwriter Alessandro Bencivenni

  • Trailer

  • Booklet featuring a new essay by Pasquale Iannone; and vintage writing on the film