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IMDB: 6.6 / 10

An underrated, nightmarish psychological thriller

"A Quiet Place in the Country" follows a painter in Milan who finds himself drawn to a dilapidated villa. Upon renting the property, which he plans to restore, he learns of a young countess who was killed there during an airstrike in World War II, and comes to believe he is being haunted by her ghost.

This film seems to have an equal share of detractors and champions, and I fall in the latter camp, as I legitimately find it to be an engrossing psychological thriller that sometimes functions equally as strongly as a supernatural horror film. The demarcation between the two is what the film really bases itself upon--is the artist mad, or is there a ghostly nymphet haunting the property? This narrative device is old as time, but director Elio Petri manages to make it feel fresh, mainly due to the blurring that occurs between reality and fantasy.

As the film progresses, we are introduced to a variety of scenarios in which the tormented painter, Leonardo, has encounters and surreal visions that seem to meld with reality, to the point that the two become indistinguishable from one another--and I believe this was Petri's goal given the main theme at work. Even more startling is that the majority of these sequences occur in daylight, and still manage to be ominous and bizarre--the sprawling villa is atmospheric and lends an additional sense of unease. On numerous occasions throughout, I was reminded of the work of Robert Altman, particularly his more surreal endeavors such as "3 Women" or "Images," which have a similar DNA to "A Quiet Place in the Country." Its preoccupation with art and the histories of places also recalls its contemporary, "The House with the Laughing Windows," another film it predates.

"A Quiet Place in the Country" is perhaps most famous for its leading actors, Franco Nero (as the protagonist painter), and his real-life lover, Vanessa Redgrave, playing a gallery curator with whom he is having a love affair. Nero's portrayal of paranoia is solid, and Redgrave, though she mainly spends the film looking pretty or appearing in lingerie or nurse costumes (both in reality and in a variety of visions), handles the more dramatic material expertly. As the film reaches its climax, it leaves the audience with open-ended questions, though it seems to point us in a certain direction, and the final scene is a bit of a tongue-in-cheek jab that feels a bit at odds with the rest of the film.

That being said, "A Quiet Place in the Country" is still a solid exercise in unease that I found genuinely absorbing. It is not a perfect film, but it is a nightmarish meditation on madness and the supernatural that hits all the right notes. As it moves along, it weaves a spell that is truly bewitching. 8/10.

Haunted by Madness or by Ghost?

In Milan, the prominent painter Leonardo Ferri (Franco Nero) is a disturbed man that lives with his agent Flavia (Vanessa Redgrave). He has sadomasochistic nightmares with Flavia and shows signs of insanity. He asks Flavia to rent a villa in a quiet place in the countryside to produce his paints. Leonardo chooses a derelict villa that belonged to a promiscuous countess that was murdered during the war and Flavia moves back to Milan. Soon Leonardo is haunted by the countess... or should it be madness?

"Un tranquillo posto di campagna", a.k.a. "A Quiet Place in the Countryside", is a film that aged. Watching it for the first time in 2018 shows a dated tiresome and confused horror film and the best chance to see the eternal Vanessa Redgrave, sexy and gorgeous, and her husband Franco Nero in the lead roles. But the screenplay is typical for a movie from the late 60′s. Elio Petri is best known as a great director of political films but his work in horror genre is quite confused and disappointing. My vote is four.

Title (Brazil): "Um Lugar Tranquilo no Campo" ("A Quiet Place in the Countryside")

Little weird but enjoyable

Not sure if this is intentional - but the movie seems little artistic/weird & sometime disjointed. That's not necessarily bad thing - at least in this case, because it adds to to eeriness of the plot & setup. Nero acted brilliantly as a half crazy painter & other supporting actors too performed well. The end was very interesting & mostly left on imagination of audience to correctly interpret it. Overall, quite enjoyable.
After a demented credit sequence, things calm down a bit by presentingFranco Nero in his pants, tied to a chair, while Vanessa Redgravesurrounds him with electric gadgets, including an underwater televisionwhich she places between his legs. Vanessa then murders Franco in theshower. It's a typical artist's day.

And a dream, thankfully. Franco is having trouble completing anypicture these days, and Vanessa, as his wife/manager, is getting ratherfrustrated that he sits around reading porn and being crazy rather thandoing anything else. Worse still, he becomes obsessed with a house hespies in the country (in this film, that means that Franco appears andBECKONS HIMSELF into the house, yep, it's one of 'those' films).

Franco loves the house but is rather creeped out by certain rooms nearthe top, and tells Vanessa that 'there's a ghost in my house' and ghostthat wants to kill Vanessa, judging by the things pulling her throughthe floor and trying to fry her while she's having a shower. This mightbe the spirit of Wanda, a girl with the fanny of a burst couch judgingby the stories the locals tell about her.

I'm describing this like it's a straightforward 'vengeful ghost' film,but that's far from the truth as the first twenty minutes involvingFranco's daily routine are utterly brain melting, and serves to makeyou doubt anything you see for the entire duration of the film. Isthere actually a ghost at all? Is there a conspiracy against Franco oris he just mental? To top it all, there's about three differentunreliable narrators in this film too.

And on top of that there's the insane direction and the bizarreMorricone soundtrack. We often see things happen about three times in arow from various angles, like Franco appearing to garrotte his wife,but then not doing that at all, or Franco watching himself painting, orfrequently imagining himself as Wanda or one of her lovers, or even aguy that gets murdered. Totally off the wall. Morricone's soundtrack isequally mental, going from AMM style improve to tuneless Resident'spiano with slide whistle!

This is a stand out film for me. Not a classic, but a good one due tothe off-beat direction and the usual solid Nero performance. Aye.

classic late 1960's Italian film

Franco Nero plays a Milan painter whose work is currently quite popular with collectors and commands high prices. His agent, played by Vanessa Redgrave, is also his lover. Thus you have a mix of artistic talent and its value as a monetary commodity that runs like a current through the movie. His obsession with soft-porn magazines reveals other aspects that result in the character of an artist driven by the kinds of internal forces that exert the edgy influences over his art that collectors find irresistible. The idea to find a quiet place in the country in which to produce more art appeals to him, as well as Redgrave, but for apparently entirely different reasons. The place they eventually decide upon is supposedly haunted by the ghost of a beautiful woman who was killed during an air raid in WW2. In a shocking weird seance scene we see or even feel, thanks to the talent of the director and all the other talent involved, her vaguely dangerous ghostly presence. Nero's insanity becomes increasingly clear as he moves psychologically further into the Italian villa with its ghost. On one level the movie is a disturbing look into his soul, but it also an analysis of the interaction of the commercial forces in the market for contemporary art and the troubled artist.

There are jealous ghosts in this world, former nymphomaniacs, you did not know?

A completely novel role for Franco Nero, no, he is not a cowboy, neither a cop, he's simply an abstract painter, obsessed with sex, strange dreams and kneaded-surreal-erotic visions. The film starts with a succession of favorite paintings of mine too(Francisco Goya - The Nude Maja, etc., many nudes...) Then, Nero(Leonardo Ferri) is skimming along with Vanessa Redgrave(Flavia) some soft porn magazines. Then, Wanda, the beautiful ghost begin to manifest: being jealous on Flavia, she wants her dead. Absolutely normal, it can happen to anyone no, when a ghost falls for you, she does anything to have you, right? We learn later that in fact Wanda had not been machine-gunned from that plane, but was shot by Attilio(Georges Geret) (usually in other films, a very good actor). Finally, we must conclude that Nero-Leonardo Ferri is really crazy. OK, Elio Petri is for me one of the most talented filmmakers ever, he gave us absolute masterpieces like "Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion"(1970)(one of the best films ever made), "We Still Kill the Old Way"(1967), "Lulu the Tool"(1971), etc. but with this "A Quiet Place in the Country" he simply failed, is exactly like those hundreds or thousands of giallo(Italian thrillers) made in the 60s and '70s, those with value close to zero.

There are jealous ghosts in this world, former nymphomaniacs, you did not know?

A completely novel role for Franco Nero, no, he is not a cowboy, neither a cop, he's simply an abstract painter, obsessed with sex, strange dreams and kneaded-surreal-erotic visions. The film starts with a succession of favorite paintings of mine too(Francisco Goya - The Nude Maja, etc., many nudes...) Then, Nero(Leonardo Ferri) is skimming along with Vanessa Redgrave(Flavia) some soft porn magazines. Then, Wanda, the beautiful ghost begin to manifest: being jealous on Flavia, she wants her dead. Absolutely normal, it can happen to anyone no, when a ghost falls for you, she does anything to have you, right? We learn later that in fact Wanda had not been machine-gunned from that plane, but was shot by Attilio(Georges Geret) (usually in other films, a very good actor). Finally, we must conclude that Nero-Leonardo Ferri is really crazy. OK, Elio Petri is for me one of the most talented filmmakers ever, he gave us absolute masterpieces like "Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion"(1970)(one of the best films ever made), "We Still Kill the Old Way"(1967), "Lulu the Tool"(1971), etc. but with this "A Quiet Place in the Country" he simply failed, is exactly like those hundreds or thousands of giallo(Italian thrillers) made in the 60s and '70s, those with value close to zero.
Attempting to find some inspiration, an artist and his lover takes upresidence in a haunted mansion in the middle of the country and becomesobsessed with uncovering the mystery surrounding the legacy of thewoman supposedly haunting the area.

Frankly, this was one of the weirdest Italian horror films simply forthat very virtue being present. The fact is that this one here is weirdrather than scary, which is present in the opening with hishallucinatory visions and freaky experiences including seeing hisdouble entice him towards a house, her double dressed as a nursepushing him in a wheelchair or their apartment with its trappings ofthe 'Mod' lifestyle and their relationship in general is just flat-outweird which just halts the film to the ground. That makes it incrediblyhard to stay interest in what's going on, and it remains that way formost of the movie as it switches gears extremely late into the runningtime into a more traditional horror mystery only that has to bebuilt-up and it takes even longer to get going. This is helped out bythe insistence of having him go crazy as the main source for the scareswhich is just wrong as the events used to get him that way, from thecrashing furniture and spilled paint-cans to an incredibly suspensefulséance and his interactions with the town's residents leading to somerather unusual moments here. Beyond the concept of trying to find outexactly why he's being haunted there's not a whole lot of actual horroron display here. While the finale does have a lot of demented horroraction in the house and the resolution of the story, that's still notenough to make up for this one.

Rated R: Violence, Language, Nudity and sexual content.

Atmospheric but not much else going on here

Attempting to find some inspiration, an artist and his lover takes up residence in a haunted mansion in the middle of the country and becomes obsessed with uncovering the mystery surrounding the legacy of the woman supposedly haunting the area.

Frankly, this was one of the weirdest Italian horror films simply for that very virtue being present. The fact is that this one here is weird rather than scary, which is present in the opening with his hallucinatory visions and freaky experiences including seeing his double entice him towards a house, her double dressed as a nurse pushing him in a wheelchair or their apartment with its trappings of the 'Mod' lifestyle and their relationship in general is just flat-out weird which just halts the film to the ground. That makes it incredibly hard to stay interest in what's going on, and it remains that way for most of the movie as it switches gears extremely late into the running time into a more traditional horror mystery only that has to be built-up and it takes even longer to get going. This is helped out by the insistence of having him go crazy as the main source for the scares which is just wrong as the events used to get him that way, from the crashing furniture and spilled paint-cans to an incredibly suspenseful séance and his interactions with the town's residents leading to some rather unusual moments here. Beyond the concept of trying to find out exactly why he's being haunted there's not a whole lot of actual horror on display here. While the finale does have a lot of demented horror action in the house and the resolution of the story, that's still not enough to make up for this one.

Rated R: Violence, Language, Nudity and sexual content.

'a quiet pace in the country' (1969) is a skillfully wrought, eerie treatise on madness'

The canny on-screen pairing of Vanessa Redgrave & Franco 'Django' Nero generates some considerable frisson in this taut, atmospheric Italian chiller. This enigmatic, surreal giallo is an unwarranted sleeper since 'a quiet pace in the country' (1969) is a skillfully wrought, eerie treatise on madness; with robust performances from the two attractive leads, assured direction by, Elio Petri and a marvellously evocative and uneasy score from, Ennio Morricone, ensures that this Giallo-Gothic is time well spent. 'A Quiet Place in The Country' sits happily alongside 'Repulsion' & 'The house with laughing windows' in terms of mood, style and uneasy content. (special mention has to be made of the wonderfully Godardian, pop-art title sequence, given considerable pep via Morricone's avaunt-beatnik grooves)

'a quiet pace in the country' (1969) is a skillfully wrought, eerie treatise on madness'

The canny on-screen pairing of Vanessa Redgrave & Franco 'Django' Nero generates some considerable frisson in this taut, atmospheric Italian chiller. This enigmatic, surreal giallo is an unwarranted sleeper since 'a quiet pace in the country' (1969) is a skillfully wrought, eerie treatise on madness; with robust performances from the two attractive leads, assured direction by, Elio Petri and a marvellously evocative and uneasy score from, Ennio Morricone, ensures that this Giallo-Gothic is time well spent. 'A Quiet Place in The Country' sits happily alongside 'Repulsion' & 'The house with laughing windows' in terms of mood, style and uneasy content. (special mention has to be made of the wonderfully Godardian, pop-art title sequence, given considerable pep via Morricone's avaunt-beatnik grooves)
"A Quiet Place in the Country (1969) is about an Italian painter whorents a villa that is haunted by the spirit of a young woman killedduring WWII. Essentially, that is about it, as far as a plot for thisfilm. Franco Nero plays the stereotypical image of a temperamentalartist; arrogant and dismissive of others, his character is not exactlywhat one would call warm. The first part of the film is somewhat dull.Nero is shacked up with his lover (Vanessa Redgrave) who encourages hispainting, although her motives seem to be more financial, his for theartistry. For whatever reason, he becomes obsessed with a run-downItalian villa and moves there. Nero is plagued by dreams about a younggirl who lived in the village and was promiscuous with some of themales who still reside there. The film becomes more interesting as Nerotries to unravel the mystery of how the young woman died, who she wasinvolved with -- and it begins to drive him into total madness. I won'tgive away the very bizarre ending, and I am not sure I could explain itmyself! One positive here is the creepy atmosphere the director managesto set -- one can almost feel the spirit of the young woman throughoutthe villa. There are some very fascinating visuals throughout. All ofthat said, the plot is at times quite disjointed, full of holes andunanswered questions. Nero is fascinating to watch, and I confess Iknew little of him as an actor. Vanessa Redgrave, always one of myfavorites, is given little to do here. Her devotion to Nero's characterseems to border on the pathological at times, and we get slightglimpses into their bizarre and -- I think -- unhealthy relationship.This is definitely not a film for everyone, but I found it interesting,despite its flaws.
A talented, imaginative painter(Franco Nero)is having trouble finishingany of his paintings (painter's block?). His matron and lover (VanessaRedgrave) arranges for him to stay at a quiet villa out in the country.Instead of getting any work done there, however, he becomes obsessedwith the story of a beautiful and promiscuous 17-year-old girl who wasmysteriously killed at the villa during WWII. The older locals(especially the men)are equally obsessed with the girl,and they all endup holding a bizarre séance. But it is only the painter who startsseeing her ghost and eventually solves the mystery. Or does he?

This movie is kind of a combination of a ghost story like "The SixthSense" and an artist-as-unreliable-narrator movie like the recentFrench film "Swimming Pool". It's not really clear whether the ghostexists or whether Nero's character is going crazy (although the latterseems more likely). It is difficult to really compare this movie to aHollywood-style movie, however. Whereas a Hollywood-style movie wouldhave ratcheted up the suspense and eventually resolved the mystery.This movie starts and ends with pure over-the-top 60's pop psychedeliaand only the middle seems to be a really coherent narrative. And thisis really more like the more famous 60's Italian film "Blow Up" in thatthe mystery eventually becomes almost completely irrelevant.

The "Blow Up" comparison is tempting in that both films star VanessaRedgrave in one of her more sex kitten-ish roles as opposed to one ofher later, more serious roles (she did both, kind of like a BritishJane Fonda). However,this film has a much more frenetic pacing than"Blow Up" and is really of a piece with talented director Elio Petri'sother films like "The Tenth Victim" and "Investigation of a CitizenAbove Suspicion". Besides, this is much more Franco Nero's show thanRedgrave's. This is an unusual role for Nero. He looks physicallydifferent--thinner and with much less muscle tone (especially comparedto his earlier appearances in "Django" and "Texas Addio"). Hischaracter is very manic and seems half-crazed from the outset, and hehas a lot of blackly humorous scenes like when he visits the deadgirl's lonely, invalid old mother and just kind of helps himself to allher photographs. The supporting cast is good too including the verypretty Gabrielle Grimaldi as the "ghost" and Rita Calderoni (who laterworked a lot with equally crazed if less talented Italian directorsRenato Poselli and Paolo Solvay) as the maid at the villa, who alwaysseems to be in bed with her "brother" and at one point gets painted--literally--by her crazed employer. You may or not like this, but youcertainly can't say it isn't interesting.
A Quiet Place in the Country is a rarely seen film, and that's probablyowing to the fact that sourcing an English language copy is ratherdifficult. I was lucky enough to find one, and although I'm not goingto rave about this film as some others have; it's certainly veryinteresting and was worth the trouble of tracking it down. The film islikely to divide opinion because it doesn't really follow any logicalstructure, and mostly relies on style and atmosphere to get its pointsacross. Films like this have to work extra hard to get me to like themas I'm a fan of films that tell a story...and I'd say it just aboutmanages it. The plot focuses on Leonardo Ferri; a tortured artist. Heis haunted by strange visions and suffers from nightmares. Because ofthis, he feels he needs to get away to the countryside. He ends upstaying in a country villa; but his tranquillity is soon interruptedwhen it emerges that the villa is haunted by the ghost of a girl.Leonardo then becomes obsessed by the idea of the haunting, and edgesever closer to losing his mind.

My main reason for wanting to see this film is the fact that it starsthe great Franco Nero. It has to be said that this isn't really anactor's film as the focus is more on the visuals; but in spite of that,Nero still manages to impress with a performance that hits all theright notes. Nero leads the film and plays the only character of anysustained significance; but he does receive some decent support fromVanessa Redgrave. The plot is very fragmented in the way that it'sstructured and often trails off in directions you wouldn't expect. Attimes it's easier just to forget about what is going on and just watchthe film itself without worrying about the plot. Director Elio Petricreates a surreal atmosphere, which compliments the plot nicely andhelps to increase the potency of many of the visuals featured. The plotline about the haunting does not begin until half way through the film;although it is the film's only real attempt to tell a story. Even so,the film is a success rated purely on the quality of what we're seeingon screen...although viewers that appreciate a good story may bedisappointed.

Madhouse in the Country

A hypnotic Italian thriller about a very imaginative young painter (Nero). He's popular, energetic, so are his paintings. His matron and lover (Redgrave) is going to do everything to make him do his thing. She's willing to create an environment in which he'd be able to churn out more work that's hot and expensive. He decides he needs a quiet place in the country to live and paint in. But as they find such a place, he gets distracted big time... This film is brilliantly crafted. Full of striking and dynamic visuals created by clever camera-work. Always logical, insane, but never "cheesy", "Quiet Place..." at times reminds of Fulci's "Lucertola con la Pelle di Donna" and Verhoeven's "De Vierde Man". Franco Nero's a dead ringer to Kurt Cobain in this one. He's so great in this role that it's almost as if he isn't acting. Highly recommended to fans of Bunuel, Verhoeven, Argento, etc.
A hypnotic Italian thriller about a very imaginative young painter(Nero). He's popular, energetic, so are his paintings. His matron andlover (Redgrave) is going to do everything to make him do his thing.She's willing to create an environment in which he'd be able to churnout more work that's hot and expensive. He decides he needs a quietplace in the country to live and paint in. But as they find such aplace, he gets distracted big time... This film is brilliantly crafted.Full of striking and dynamic visuals created by clever camera-work.Always logical, insane, but never "cheesy", "Quiet Place..." at timesreminds of Fulci's "Lucertola con la Pelle di Donna" and Verhoeven's"De Vierde Man". Franco Nero's a dead ringer to Kurt Cobain in thisone. He's so great in this role that it's almost as if he isn't acting.Highly recommended to fans of Bunuel, Verhoeven, Argento, etc.

Excellent Italian horror film!

I tracked this rarely seen Italian horror on Polish TV and I'm really glad that I taped it.This is a truly bizarre study of madness,which reminds me Polanski's "Repulsion"(1965).The main character-a painter brilliantly played by Franco Nero is trying to run away from his strange visions.He visits an old mansion to find peace,quiet and inspiration,but it seems that this place is haunted by the ghost of a young girl.He slowly loses his sanity...This unjustly forgotten and rather disturbing horror film is a cinematic pleasure to watch for fans of bizarre Italian cinema.The characters are really weird,the musical score by Ennio Morricone is unforgettable and there are some genuine moments of insanity and creepiness.Elio Petri created an unique film,which should be seen by everybody(not only by horror fans!).Highly recommended.