A Matter of Time (1976) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Matter of Time (1976)




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Singer and actress Liza Minnelli teamed up with her father, legendary director Vincente Minnelli, to make this evocative drama. Nina (Liza Minnelli) is a popular film star who, in the midst of a press conference, finds herself remembering her life before her big break, when she worked as a chambermaid at an Italian hotel which had seen better days. In the course of her duties, Nina meets Countessa Sanziani (Ingrid Bergman), an aging and eccentric woman who regales Nina with tales of her glamorous younger days. As the Countessa tells her more stories of her days of wealth and adventure, Nina imagines herself living out the same exciting stories, and soon the Countessa encourages her to find the courage to live out her own dreams. A Matter Of Time also featured another family team-up; Ingrid Bergman's daughter Isabella Rossellini has a small part as a nun attending to the ailing Countessa.


Ingrid Bergman
as Contessa Sanziani
Charles Boyer
as Count Sanziani
Tina Aumont
as Valentina
Gabriele Ferzetti
as Antonio Vicari
Orso Maria Guerrini
as Gabriele d'Orazio
Fernando Rey
as Charles Van Maar
Geoffrey Copplestone
as Hotel Manager
as Hotel Porter
Jean Mas
as Kaiser
Anna Proclemer
as Jeanne Blasto
Arnoldo Foà
as Pavelli
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Critic Reviews for A Matter of Time

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

The movie just doesn't hold together... And yet we sit in this failed movie and give our attention to Ingrid Bergman, and there is a certain consolation.

October 30, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A bittersweet masterwork about the raging and frustrated passions of old age.

August 3, 2015 | Full Review…

An embarrassment for all concerned.

May 21, 2020 | Full Review…

This film is, such an embarrassment to everyone involved (except Bergman) that it makes Lucky Lady seem like Gone With The Wind.

October 29, 2019 | Full Review…

A Matter of Time is not an exceptional movie, but it offers attractive elements, especially for Minnelli's unconditional fans. [Full Review in Spanish]

July 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Vincente Minnelli disowned his last movie, A Matter of Time (1976), when it was taken away from him by its producers, American International Pictures, and after its initial release it pretty much disappeared from view.

February 23, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Matter of Time


So much talent behind and in front of the camera to lay such a big egg. The whole thing reeks of decay and that seeps into the tenor of the film. Liza is all over the place and only registers in a positive way twice, in the final hospital scene and most of all during the musical performance of the song Do It Again-really her only powerful moment. Of interest more for its cast of second generation performers than any merit or entertainment value of the actual film. Beside Liza there's a brief appearance of Isabella Rossellini in her screen bow and as Liza's cousin Tina Aumont, who was the daughter of B movie star Maria Montez and Jean-Pierre Aumont. Nonsensical mess was the unfortunate swan song of both Vincente Minnelli and Charles Boyer. Such a missed opportunity.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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