A Matter of Time

The Contessa Sanziani (Ingrid Bergman) is a Belle Epoque courtesan who has fallen on hard times and is living in a shabby Roman hotel. Half-mad and enveloped in memories, the Contessa recounts her past triumphs to an impressionable hotel maid, Nina (Liza Minnelli), who imagines herself playing out the Contessa’s fabled life. As the Contessa fades, Nina blossoms, and is eventually discovered by a movie producer. Vincente Minnelli’s final movie briefly reconnects Bergman and Boyer (Gaslight, Arch of Triumph) and is Isabella Rossellini’s brief first appearance in a movie (beside her mother).

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