Sunday, 8 March 2009

More ways to waste time

A Matter of Time (1976)
Based on Maurice Druon's novel The Film of Memory.
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Featuring Ingrid Bergman, Liza Minnelli, Charles Boyer, Isabella Rossellini, Tina Aumont , and Fernando Rey.

Nina (Liza Minnelli) is a popular film star who, in the midst of a press conference, finds herself remembering her life before her big break, when she worked as a chambermaid at an Italian hotel which had seen better days. In the course of her duties, Nina meets Contessa Sanziani (Ingrid Bergman), an aging and eccentric woman who regales Nina with tales of her glamorous younger days. As the Contessa tells her more stories of her days of wealth and adventure, Nina imagines herself living out the same exciting stories, and soon the Contessa encourages her to find the courage to live out her own dreams.

Druon's character of the Contessa Sanziani was inspired by the real-life Marchesa Luisa Casati, who famously said I want to be a living work of art.

A German dubbed clip of the press confrence scene with Nina (Liza Minnelli).

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Jill said...

I am fascinated by Luisa Casati. Unfortunately my quest to be an artists muse has never come to fruition. Dammit!! The closest I've come is inspiring a chef to name a dish after me. I did a post about Luisa a while ago. Thoroughly enjoyed this.

HOBAC said...

Jill - don't feel too bad, she payed for most of those portraits.