Nina aka A Matter of Time is a 1976 American/Italian musical fantasy film directed by Vincente Minnelli. The screenplay by John Gay is based on the novel Film of Memory by Maurice Druon. The fictional story is based loosely on the real life exploits of the infamous Italian eccentric, the Marchesa Casati, whom Druon knew during her declining years in London while he was stationed there during World War II.
The film opens at a mid-1950s press conference,
where scenes are shown for an upcoming film starring Nina (Liza
Minnelli), a popular screen celebrity. While on her way to the
conference, Nina looks at herself in an ornate mirror, which triggers a
flashback to her arrival in Rome, when she was 19 years old. Her cousin,
Valentina (Tina Aumont) has arranged for her to work as a chambermaid
in a dilapidated hotel. In the course of her duties, Nina meets an
ailing, eccentric Senora Contessa Sanziani (Ingrid Bergman), who was
once the toast of Europe. The Contessa receives a visit from her
husband, Count Sanziani (Charles Boyer), from whom she has been
estranged for 40 years. Old quarrels are revived and Sanziani leaves the
hotel, sadly telling the manager that he does not wish to be informed
if anything should happen to his wife.
The film jumps forward to the
present time. Nina has become a motion picture star. She arrives at the
press conference. As she steps out of her limousine, a girl hurries up
and says she wants to be just like Nina when she grows up.
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