NOTE: our DCP of STAY AS YOU ARE originates from the only known master source -- standard-def Digibeta.
“A gentle, odd and moody tale of warped romance, STAY AS YOU ARE remains one of Marcello Mastroianni’s least-known films in his large body of work. Released in 1978, the film also stars a young Nastassja Kinski who, a year later, would lead Roman Polanski’s TESS: the star-making vehicle that would earn the actress a Golden Globe.
If the subject matter sounds salacious and sensational, director Alberto Lattuada makes a point of steering clear of any tasteless trash. Rather, the film explores the details of both a ruined marriage and blossoming love affair (incest angle included) in a lilting and deliberate manner. Kinski, who was still relatively new to acting in this film, manages to create a woman who seems vibrant and full of ingenuity. Her ability to hold her own against a veteran like Mastroianni is remarkable.” (Imran Khan, PopMatters)