Film Comment - 03/01/2012
"Visconti examines the superficial and assuming world of the Roman bourgeoisie in this 1974 chamber drma....Visconti crafts a complex sketch of a decaying society."
Sight and Sound - 06/01/2012
"The recurring themes of Visconti's career, which had previously been on the battlefields of Europe, are here replayed within a few chambers, with a resonance that is all the more booming for the confinement."
An introverted American professor (Burt Lancaster) has retired to an Italian house, but finds his life interrupted when a decadent family moves upstairs.