Antonio Pietrangeli

I Knew Her Well

I Knew Her Well

Following the gorgeous, seemingly liberated Adriana (Divorce Italian Style’s Stefania Sandrelli) as she chases her dreams in the Rome of La dolce vita, I Knew Her Well is at once a delightful immersion in the popular music and style of Italy in the sixties and a biting critique of its sexual politics and the culture of celebrity. Over a series of intimate episodes, just about every one featuring a different man, a new hairstyle, and an outfit to match, the unsung Italian master Antonio Pietrangeli, working from a script he cowrote with Ettore Scola, composes a deft, seriocomic character study that never strays from its complicated central figure. I Knew Her Well is a thrilling rediscovery, by turns funny, tragic, and altogether jaw-dropping.

Film Info

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with actor Stefania Sandrelli
  • New interview with film scholar Luca Barattoni about the career of director Antonio Pietrangeli
  • Archival footage of Sandrelli's audition
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by journalist and author Alexander Stille
    New cover by F. Ron Miller

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Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with actor Stefania Sandrelli
  • New interview with film scholar Luca Barattoni about the career of director Antonio Pietrangeli
  • Archival footage of Sandrelli's audition
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by journalist and author Alexander Stille
    New cover by F. Ron Miller
I Knew Her Well
Cast
Stefania Sandrelli
Adriana Astarelli
Mario Adorf
Emilio “Lunk” Ricci
Jean-Claude Brialy
Dario Marchionni
Joachim Fuchsberger
The writer
Nino Manfredi
Cianfanna
Enrico Maria Salerno
Roberto
Ugo Tognazzi
Gigi Baggini
Credits
Director
Antonio Pietrangeli
Story and screenplay by
Antonio Pietrangeli
Story and screenplay by
Ruggero Maccari
Story and screenplay by
Ettore Scola
Director of photography
Armando Nannuzzi
Production design and costumes by
Maurizio Chiari
Music by
Piero Piccioni
Edited by
Franco Fraticelli
Director of production
Danilo Marciani

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