A Quiet Place in the Country

Synopsis: Renowned painter Leonardo Ferri, whose works have a standard price set by the market, and his girlfriend Flavia live together in his studio in Milan. He has not completed any paintings in two months as he slowly goes mad. His mental issues, about which Flavia is aware, includes a recurring dream where she is torturing him before attempting to kill him. As such, Flavia makes arrangements for them to rent a country villa outside of Venice where the change in scenery may recharge his creative juices. Because she can feel negative energy toward her at the villa, Flavia decides to spend her weekdays in Milan, visiting on the weekends, leaving Leonardo alone at the villa during week with only the housekeeper, Egle. Still haunted by his mental problems, Leonardo tries but is unable to restart his work. During this time alone, he learns of Vanda Valier, a previous occupant of the villa who was killed outside the villa walls during the war at age fifteen. Many of the locals still have their own
Genre: Drama, Horror
Director(s): Elio Petri
Production: United Artists
  3 nominations.
106 min

The city is full of beautiful surprises.

I found an underwater television

for scuba diving,

an electric toothbrush,

a transistor refrigerator,

an electric knife sharpener,

an erotic electromagnet,

and an electric coffee grinder,

and an electric shoe cleaner,

and an electric fruit mixer,

and an electric water pick.

And a tiny automobile

to go around from room to room.


Come on.

We had nearly everything.

Nearly everything.

What a pity.

You slept badly.

I dreamt you killed me.

- Jealousy?

- No, sadism.

Are the police after me?

I don't know. You woke me up.

Let's see who was killed today.

Go and do some work.

- Don't forget to leave me some money.

- Is 10 okay?






- Hello?

- Is this Leonardo ferri, the painter?


I'm calling on behalf of the international

association of art for orphans

to ask you to contribute

a sketch to our cause.

How do I know this isn't the usual swindle?

If you like, I could bring

a few orphans to your home.

Hello? Are you still there, Mr. ferri?

Give me le monde.


- le nouvel observateur.

- Sexy.

- The Paris review.

- Sexy boy.

- Encounter.

- Sexy man.

- Ralits.

- Playgirl.

- L'osservatore Romano.

- Supersex, bang!, screw, sexmate,

bosom buddies, sex play...


come on, come on with me.

"Don't cry, little girl. Dry those tears."

"It's because I'm still a virgin."

"Keep your virginity."

"No, take it, it's the cause

of all my troubles, my suffering."

"I want your body to burn

with the same flame as my desire.

"This night will last for..."

"John takes her leg.

"'Where is Helga? Where is she?'

"'oh, Robert, quench this thirst in me.

"'Take this body, it's yours,

Robert, right now.

"'Devour me!

"'I am aflame with desire.

Put it out. Put it out!'

"'come here, you little bitch.

Are you a virgin or not?'


"'Show me.' His breathing was heavier."

- It could be somebody important.

- Stay here.


It's a call from ziirich.

I can't go on like this. I'm sick.

It's just the telephone.

You can always disconnect it.

I don't know what's happened to me.

I've got to get away.

I can't work like this.

I've got to get away from the city.

I must get out of Milan.

This is an ideal part of the country

for an artist.

There it is. Stop here.

The house I told you about.

- Let's take a look at it.

- Leonardo, we're late already.

The count is expecting us.



He's your most important buyer.

It would be silly to offend him.

Please make an effort.

Driver, go on.

Leonardo, take my word for it,

the count's villa will be the perfect place

for you to work in peace and quiet.

I guarantee it.



- How are you?

- It's good to see you.

- I think you look marvelous.

- Hello, count zavattero, how are you?

- Fine, thanks.

- I'm sorry we're a little late.

Don't tell me this isn't the country.

- We had a wonderful trip down.

- Tiepolo worked here.

You can't ask for more than that.

We've got a surprise for you.

Leonardo ferri, 1962, going very cheap.

It didn't cost a penny then, remember?

Giambattista tiepolo, 1743.

Now, my old master,

how's this for a quiet place to work?

You know, flavia,

I've had faith in Leonardo

from the beginning,

and I've never regretted it.

You have a flair.

One must always buy young painters.

It's the young horses who win.

Leonardo, have a drink.

Come on, I'll introduce you.

This is Leonardo ferri.

Potential buyers

as well as friends, Leonardo.

They've been wanting to meet you

for a long time,

and now they've got you for three months.

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Tonino Guerra

Antonio "Tonino" Guerra (16 March 1920 – 21 March 2012) was an Italian poet, writer and screenwriter who collaborated with some of the most prominent film directors of the world. more…

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