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A Quiet Place in the Country (Elio Petri, 1968)

During the 1960s the films made by Elio Petri are influenced by several art works.

One of the main scene of The 10th Victim (1965) take place at the Masoch Club (10 x 10 m). This space appears as an architectural interpretation of the art work Orthogonal Structures made by Edoardo Landi (Gruppo N). For the film A Quiet Place in the Country (1968) Elio Petri, with the collaboration of the artist Jim Dine, tries to represent the hallucinations of the protagonist, an exploited artist, through his abstract work. The film is entirely located in Villa Cavalli Lugli (17th-century) nearby Padua in the northeast of Italy. The Villa emphasises the tensions and the visions of the protagonist.

Interpretative drawings of the ‘Masoch Club’: plan and perspective.

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