Directed by Antonio Pietrangeli • 1965 • Italy
Starring Stefania Sandrelli, Mario Adorf, Jean-Claude Brialy
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.
In this interview, conducted in November 2015, film scholar Luca Barattoni examines the career of director Antonio Pietrangeli, from his beginnings as a critic to his emergence as a leading voice in Italian film, and especially his innovative portrayal of women in the rapidly changing Italy of th...