THE INNOCENT
L’INNOCENTE
1975, 112 min, Dir: Luchino Visconti

Adapted from Gabriele d'Annunzio’s The Intruder, the final film from Luchino Visconti offers a languorous look at a decadent Italian aristocrat caught between two women. Giancarlo Giannini stars as wealthy Tullio Hermil, who makes no effort to hide his mistress, Teresa (Jennifer O'Neill), from his wife, Giuliana (Laura Antonelli). His infidelity inspires Giuliana to begin her own affair, which only excites Tullio – until it results in a pregnancy. Composer Franco Mannino earned a David di Donatello award for the score, which perfectly fits the lavish visuals.


THE WITCHES (1967)
LE STREGHE
1967, Park Circus/MGM, 121 min, Dir: Mauro Bolognini, Vittorio De Sica, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Franco Rossi, Luchino Visconti

Some of the greatest figures of postwar Italian cinema directed this anthology film, which is composed of five separate segments ranging from comedy to drama. The international cast includes Clint Eastwood, Annie Girardot, Alberto Sordi and Silvana Mangano.


WHITE NIGHTS
LE NOTTI BIANCHE
1957, Janus Films, 102 min, Dir: Luchino Visconti

Based on a Dostoevsky short story, Visconti’s tale of unrequited love stars Marcello Mastroianni as Mario, new to the city and quickly smitten with Natalia (Maria Schell), whom he meets on a bridge. Natalia has returned to that bridge every night for a year, waiting for a man (Jean Marais) who had promised to come back to her. Giuseppe Rotunno’s wonderful B&W cinematography gives the town of Livorno a dreamlike quality, an effect accentuated by Nino Rota’s score.


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