The Visit (1964 film)

The Visit is a 1964 French, Italian, German and American international co-production film distributed by 20th Century Fox. It was directed by Bernhard Wicki and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and Julien Derode. The film's stars Ingrid Bergman and Anthony Quinn also served as coproducers.

The Visit
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Original film poster
Directed byBernhard Wicki
Screenplay byBen Barzman
Maurice Valency (adaptation)
Based onThe Visit
by Friedrich Durrenmatt
Produced byDarryl F. Zanuck
Julien Derode
Ingrid Bergman
Anthony Quinn
StarringIngrid Bergman
Anthony Quinn
Irina Demick
Paolo Stoppa
CinematographyArmando Nannuzzi
Edited bySamuel E. Beetley
Françoise Diot
Music byRichard Arnell
Hans-Martin Majewski
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release dates
May 6, 1964 (1964-05-06) (France)
October 4, 1964 (1964-10-04) (United States)
Running time
100 minutes
CountriesUnited States
France
West Germany
Italy
LanguagesEnglish
French
Box office$1.1 million (US/ Canada)[1]

The screenplay was written by Ben Barzman and adapted by Maurice Valency based on Friedrich Dürrenmatt's 1956 play Der Besuch der alten Dame (literally, The Visit of the Old Lady). At the film's end, protagonist Serge Miller's life is spared, but in the original play, the character (named Alfred Ill) is killed.

Along with Bergman and Quinn, the cast includes Irina Demick, Paolo Stoppa, Hans Christian Blech, Romolo Valli, Valentina Cortese, Claude Dauphin and Eduardo Ciannelli. Bergman and Quinn would later costar again in the 1970 romantic melodrama A Walk in the Spring Rain.

PlotEdit

Karla Zachanassian, a fabulously wealthy woman, returns to a decaying village that she had been forced to desert years earlier in disgrace. She bore a child by Serge Miller, who denied paternity. The purpose of Karla's visit is to arrange a deal with the town's inhabitants: in exchange for a vast sum of money, she wants Miller killed.

At first reluctant, the townspeople eventually accept the arrangement and Miller is condemned to death. At the last moment, Karla stops the execution and tells the citizens that they will have to live with the guilt of their murderous choice for the rest of their lives, while Miller will have to live with the knowledge that his friends and neighbors were willing to kill him for money.

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ReceptionEdit

According to Fox records, the film needed to earn $6,100,000 in film rentals to break even but earned only $2,635,000, losing money for the studio.[2]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Big Rental Pictures of 1964", Variety, 6 January 1965 p 39. Please note this figure is rentals accruing to distributors not total gross.
  2. ^ Silverman, Stephen M (1988). The Fox that got away : the last days of the Zanuck dynasty at Twentieth Century-Fox. L. Stuart. p. 323. ISBN 9780818404856.
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Visit". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-03-01.
  4. ^ "The 37th Academy Awards (1965) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved September 21, 2014.

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