Cinema: Dying Light

CONVERSATION PIECE

Directed by LUCHINO VISCONTI Screenplay by SUSO CECCHI D'AMICO, ENRICO MEDIOLO and LUCHINO VISCONTI

"I'm an old man, neurotic and slightly hysterical." It seems a most unlikely confession for Burt Lancaster to be making, but then there is nothing likely at all about Conversation Piece, Luchino Visconti's latest movie. Hearing Lancaster speak those lines early in the film and watching later as he ostensibly grows sick and faces death, there is the inescapable sense that the actor is speaking for, even standing in for, the film maker himself.

Now nearly 70, Visconti has been seriously ill for several years. Conversation Piece,...

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