I Knew Her Well
Dir. Antonio Pietrangeli, Italy, 1965, DCP, 115 min.
Following the gorgeous, seemingly liberated Adriana (Divorce Italian Style’s Stefania
Sandrelli) as she chases her dreams in the Rome of La dolce vita, I Knew Her Well is at once a delightful
immersion in the popular music and style of Italy in the 1960s and a biting
critique of its sexual politics and culture of celebrity. Over a series of
intimate episodes, just about every one featuring a different man, a new
hairstyle, and an outfit to match, the unsung Italian master Antonio
Pietrangeli, working from a script he co-wrote with Ettore Scola, composes a
deft, seriocomic character study that never strays from its complicated central
figure. I Knew Her Well is a thrilling rediscovery, by turns funny, tragic, and
New 4K digital restoration, undertaken by the Criterion Collection in partnership with the Cineteca di Bologna.