July 24, 1978 12:00 PM

Dominique Sanda’s latest performance—in Bertolucci’s 1900—was electrifying (if condemned to obscurity along with the film). But even she fails to generate much interest in this turgid Italian family saga. She plays the conniving daughter-in-law of a bakery tycoon bent on stealing the old man’s fortune. To do it, she first marries his youngest son, then seduces a brother and finally crawls into the sack with the father himself. Anthony Quinn is convincingly blustery as the love-struck patriarch who signs over his will. But except for the denouement, the movie is without surprises. At 28, Sanda’s already a major European star; duds like this won’t do much to enhance her career here. In Italian with English subtitles. (R)

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