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The Guest. film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLiliana Cavani
Written byLiliana Cavani
StarringLucia Bosè
Glauco Mauri
Music byGioacchino Rossini
CinematographyGiulio Albonico
Edited byAndreina Casini
Lotar Film
Distributed bySacis
Release date
  • February 26, 1972 (1972-02-26)
Running time
93 minutes

L'ospite (English: The Guest) is a 1972 Italian drama film directed by Liliana Cavani and starring Lucia Bosè. The plot follows a woman who once released from a mental hospital, tries in vain to fit into society. Made with a very low budget, it was shown out of competition at the Venice Film Festival.[1]


A writer, obtains permission to visit a psychiatric hospital in order to prepare for his next novel. He finds several deficiencies in both the medical and social treatment of the patients. His criticisms are not well received by the doctors. the writer meets Anna, a woman who healed from her mental issues, has been entrusted to the care of her brother. Anna's reintegration into her family and society have proved difficult.


  • Lucia Bosè as Anna
  • Glauco Mauri as Piero
  • Peter Gonzales as Luciano
  • Alvaro Piccardi as Anna's brother
  • Giancarlo Caio as the doctor
  • Gian Piero Frondini
  • Alfio Galardi
  • Maddalena Gillia
  • Maria Luisa Salmaso
  • Lorenzo Piani


  1. ^ Marrone, The Gaze and the Labyrinth, p. 254


  • Marrone, Gaetana. The Gaze and the Labyrinth: the Cinema of Liliana Cavani. Princenton Paperbacks, 2000. ISBN 0-691-00873-6

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