Stay as You Are

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Stay as You Are
Stay As You Are poster.jpg
US theatrical release poster
Directed by Alberto Lattuada
Produced by Giovanni Bertolucci
Screenplay by Alberto Lattuada
Enrico Oldoini
Story by Enrico Oldoini
Paolo Cavara
Starring Nastassja Kinski
Marcello Mastroianni
Barbara De Rossi
Ania Pieroni
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography José Luis Alcaine
Distributed by New Line Cinema (United States)
Columbia Pictures (Internationally)
Release dates
  • 14 September 1978 (1978-09-14) (Italy)
  • 21 December 1979 (1979-12-21) (United States)
Running time
95 minutes
Country Italy
Spain
Language Italian

Stay as You Are (Italian: Così come sei), also known as Stay the Way You Are, is a 1978 Italian-Spanish romantic erotic drama film, directed by Alberto Lattuada, starring Nastassja Kinski, Marcello Mastroianni, Barbara De Rossi and Ania Pieroni.[1] It follows a May–December romance between an old working man and a young girl he meets.

New Line Cinema gave the film a limited theatrical release in the United States on 21 December 1979. The film is scheduled to be released by Cult Epics in May 2015 on DVD and Blu-ray.[2]

Plot[edit]

While away on a business trip in Florence, middle-aged Roman architect Giulio Marengo meets a beautiful teenager and falls in love with her. The girl's name is Francesca and she is a student that was taken in by a farmer after her mother, Fosca, died. Lorenzo, a friend of Giulio's learns of his relationship with Franscesca and begins to suspect that she may be his daughter. In fact, according to various gossip, the architect had been the lover of Fosca about a year before the birth of Francesca, and therefore could be her biological father. Shocked by the news, Giulio tries to avoid Francesca in every way, moreover distracted by the fact that his daughter Ilaria is expecting a baby.

Giulio struggles to deepen the mystery of his alleged paternity of Francesca and eventually explains to her the reason behind his reluctant behavior. However, the exuberant sensuality of Francesca takes over, putting aside all scruples of mature lover and perhaps father, and the she convinces him to take her on holiday in Madrid, where they live for a period of reckless passion and love. After returning to Florence, Giulio reveals that he must go back to Rome in the next day to attend to his business ventures. That night, they go see Vampyr at a theatre and Giulio falls asleep. Upon waking up, Franscesca is nowhere to be see, indicating that their love affair has run its course.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

With Stay as You Are, I dropped the grotesque style that had characterized my last film. I went back to the spirit of Guendalina and Sweet Deceptions, of which Stay as You Are is the ideal sequel.

—Lattuada, on his thematic approach[3]

For the scenes that take place in Florence, the crew shot a locations including Piazza San Giovanni, Piazza San Marco, Villa La Pietra, and Boboli Gardens.[4][5]

Music[edit]

The musical score was composed by Ennio Morricone, who previously collaborated with director Alberto Lattuada on Matchless. A soundtrack album was released in 1978 by Cinevox,[6] and again on 14 July 1995 by Prometheus Records.[7] The soundtrack is notable for its inclusion of the love theme "Amore per Amore", as well as the two disco tracks "Dance On" and "Spazio 1999".[8]

Reception[edit]

This film received positive reviews, especially for Nastassja Kinski's performance. According to the US poster of this film, Bruce Williamson of Playboy called it "A truly sexy film".[9] Time magazine also praised Kinski's performance saying, "Kinski is simply ravishing, genuinely sexy and high-spirited without being painfully aggressive about it."[10] Conversely, Janet Maslin of The New York Times called the film "dangerously smarmy at times — dangerous because its cheapness undermines Mr. Mastroianni's essentially serious performance, which is the backbone of the movie. The film works best when the story seems to generate its sexual encounters spontaneously. But there are too many times when the plot looks like a pretext for stringing together amorous interludes."[11]

Because Kinski was just 18-years-old at the time, her many nude scenes created controversy.[12] She has since disapproved of her nudity in the film on a number of occasions. Recalling the film in a 1981 interview with People, Kinski said, "There was no one prepared to say, 'She shouldn't do that. There is no point.' No one to protect me. I was just a young girl, in Italy. It was stupid."[13] In 2001, Kinski reiterated her dissatisfaction with her performance: "Let's put it this way, if that was my daughter, I wouldn't allow that. I wouldn't allow certain people to say certain things or to try certain things."[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cosi' come sei (1978)". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "Classic Alberto Lattuada Film Heading to Blu-ray". Blu-ray.com. 3 March 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Cosulich, Callisto (1 January 1985). I film di Alberto Lattuada (in Italian). Rome: Gremese Editore. p. 114. 
  4. ^ Zambenedetti, Alberto (15 October 2014). World Film Locations: Florence. Intellect Ltd. pp. 68–69. 
  5. ^ Simonis, Damien (1 March 2006). Lonely Planet Florence (City Guide) (4th ed.). Lonely Planet. p. 124. 
  6. ^ "Morricone, Ennio - Cosi' Come Sei (Soundtrack)". Cvinyl.com. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Stay as You Are - Ennio Morricone". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  8. ^ Southall, James (3 August 2012). "Cosi Come Sei soundtrack review". Movie Wave. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Stay As You Are: Product Details". MovieGoods.com. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Cinema: Bedrock Taboo". TIME. 21 January 1980. 
  11. ^ Maslin, Janet (21 December 1979). "Film: A New Mastroianni: Romance Across Time". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  12. ^ Lester, Peter (13 April 1981). "After 'tess' and Roman Polanski, Nastassia Kinski Trades Notoriety for L.a. Propriety". People 15 (14). Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "Daddy's girl". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. 2 July 1999. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  14. ^ Jenkins, David (January 2001). "Nastassja Kinski interview: 'I've had such low self-esteem'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 

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