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A Quiet Place in the Country (Italian: Un tranquillo posto di campagna, French: Un coin tranquille à la campagne) is a 1968 Italian-French giallo[2] thriller film directed by Elio Petri.[3]

A Quiet Place in the Country
Promotional poster
Directed byElio Petri
Produced byAlberto Grimaldi[1]
Screenplay by
Story by
Music byEnnio Morricone[1]
CinematographyLuigi Kuveiller[1]
Edited byRuggero Mastroianni[1]
Distributed byP.E.A.-United Artists
Release date
  • 14 November 1968 (1968-11-14) (Italy)
  • 14 August 1969 (1969-08-14) (France)
Running time
105 minutes[1]
  • Italy
  • France[1]
Box office₤387.358 million[1]



A young artist escapes from the stress of the big city and rents a house in a secluded wooded area. Strange things happen in the house that begin to drive him mad. As in the novella on which the story is based (The Beckoning Fair One by George Oliver Onions according to the film's credits), the viewer is left to decide whether the solitude affected the man's mind, or if he was the victim of a possessive spirit or ghost said to inhabit the house.



A Quiet Place in the Country was released in Italy on 14 November 1968.[1] The film was distributed theatrically in by P.E.A.—United Artists, where it grossed 387.358 million Italian lira.[1] It was released in France on 14 August 1969 and the United States on 28 August 1970.[1]


Dennis Schwartz of Ozus' World Movie Reviews rated the film a grade B-, writing, "How well you like this freaky tale, with an unsettling tone, depends on how much you fall in love with the stunning kaleidoscope cinematography of Luigi Kuveiller and the director's bizarre logic he brings to the creative process as something that borders on the edge of sanity. For me it was a bit too pretentious, though its startling images were chillingly effective."[4] Paul Mavis from DVD Talk gave the film 5/5 stars, writing, "Disturbing, sensational aural/visual experience. Writer/director Elio Petri creates a completely unstable environment for his tale of personal madness, artistic chaos, and supernatural violence. Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero are beautiful to look at here. One of a kind."[5] Steve Langton from The Spinning Image awarded the film 8/10 stars, stating, "Granted, A Quiet Place In The Country does occasionally threaten to slide into over-indulgence, but one of its main strengths may be that Petri was either unable or unwilling to play by the rules."[6]


A Quiet Place in the Country was entered into the 19th Berlin International Film Festival, where it won a Silver Bear award.[7]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Curti 2015, p. 177.
  2. ^ Pinkerton, Nick (19 September 2012). "'Giallo Fever!' Tries The Stalking Cure at Anthology". The Village Voice.
  3. ^ Pavlides, Dan. "Un Tranquillo Posto di Campagna (1969)". AllMovie. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  4. ^ Schwartz, Dennis. "aquietplaceinthecountry". Dennis Schwartz. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  5. ^ Mavis, Paul. "A Quiet Place in the Country (Un Tranquillo Posto di Campagna) : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video". DVD Paul Mavis. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  6. ^ Langton, Steve. "Quiet Place in the Country, A Review (1969)". The Spinning Steve Langton. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Berlinale 1969: Prize Winners". Berlin International Film Festival. Retrieved 15 May 2016.


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