A Quiet Place in the Country

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A Quiet Place in the Country
Promotional poster
Directed by Elio Petri
Produced by Alberto Grimaldi[1]
Screenplay by
Story by
Music by Ennio Morricone[1]
Cinematography Luigi Kuveiller[1]
Edited by Ruggero Mastroianni[1]
Distributed by P.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 Quiet Place in the Country (Italian: Un tranquillo posto di campagna, French: Un coin tranquille à la campagne) is a 1968 Italian-French thriller film directed by Elio Petri.[2]


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 November 14, 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 August 14, 1969 and the United States on August 28, 1970.[1]


A Quiet Place in the Country was entered into the 19th Berlin International Film Festival, where it won a Silver Bear award.[3]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Curti 2015, p. 177.
  2. ^ Pavlides, Dan. "Un Tranquillo Posto di Campagna (1969)". AllMovie. Retrieved May 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Berlinale 1969: Prize Winners". Berlin International Film Festival. Retrieved May 15, 2016. 


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