Luchino Visconti Tribute (10)

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L’Innocente

Iταλία, Γαλλία / Italy, France, 1976, εγχ./col.

Σκην./ Dir: Luchino Visconti | Σεν./ Scr: Luchino Visconti, Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Enrico Medioli, Gabriele D’Annunzio (βιβλ./nov.) | Φωτ./Cin: Pasqualino De Santis | Μοντ./Εd: Ruggero Mastroianni | Μουσ./Mus: Franco Mannino | Ηθ./ Cast: Giancarlo Giannini, Laura Antonelli, Jennifer O’Neill, Rina Moreli, Massimo Girotti | Παρ/ Prod: Rizzoli Film, Les Films Jacques Leitienne, Imp.Ex.Ci | Διάρκεια/ Dur: 129'

In the late nineteenth century Tullio Hermil, a wealthy Roman aristocrat married to Giuliana, lives his sexual life with a possessive
aristocratic mistress, Teresa. However, his interest in his wife is rekindled when he sees Guliana’s happiness after she has begun a love affair with a novelist. When she becomes pregnant by him, things get complicated. Luchino Visconti’s swan song is a haunting account of aristocratic chauvinism and sexual double standards.

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Gruppo di famiglia in un interno

Iταλία, Γαλλία / Italy, France, 1974, εγχ. / col.

Σκην./Dir: Luchino Visconti | Σεν./Scr: Luchino Visconti, Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Enrico Medioli | Φωτ./Cin: Pasqualino De Santis | Μοντ./Εd: Ruggero Mastroianni, Eliane Katz | Μουσ./Mus: Franco Mannino | Ηθ./Cast: Burt Lancaster, Helmut Berger, Silvana Mangano, Claudia Marsani, Stefano Patrizi, Claudia Cardinale | Παρ/Prod: Rusconi Film, Gaumont International | Διάρκεια/Dur: 121’

A retired American professor lives a solitary life in a luxurious palazzo in Rome. Ηis quiet routine is turned into chaos when he rents an apartment on an upper floor of his home to a vulgar Italian marchesa, her lover, her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend. The professor is fascinated and at the same time disturbed by the tenants promiscuous behavior, until everybody’s life takes an unexpected but inevitable turn.

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Morte a Venezia

Iταλία, Γαλλία, ΗΠΑ / Italy, France, USA, 1971, εγχ. / col.

Σκην./Dir: Luchino Visconti | Σεν./Scr: Luchino Visconti, Nicola Badalucco (βασισμένο στο βιβλίο του / based on the book by Thomas Mann) | Φωτ./Cin: Pasqualino De Santis | Μοντ./Εd: Ruggero Mastroianni | Μουσ./Mus: Gustav Mahler, Ludwig van Beethoven, Modest Mussorgsky, Armando Gil | Ηθ./Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Silvana Mangano, Romolo Valli, Mark Burns, Björn Andrésen | Παρ/Prod: Alfa Cinematografica S.r.l., Warner Bros, PECF | Διάρκεια/Dur: 130'

Composer Gustav von Aschenbach, travels to Venice for health reasons. There, he becomes increasingly obsessed, with the stunning beauty of an adolescent Polish boy named Tadzio who is staying with his family at the same hotel as Aschenbach. Though he never speaks to the boy, much less touches him, the composer finds himself drawn deep into ruinous inward passion; meanwhile, Venice succumbs to a cholera plague and the hotel guests begin to realize that something is seriously wrong.

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Senso

Iταλία / Italy, 1954, εγχ. / col.

Σκην./Dir: Luchino Visconti | Σεν./Scr: Luchino Visconti, Suso Cecchi d’Amico, Carlo Alianello, Giorgio Bassani, Giorgio Prosperi | Φωτ./Cin: G.R. Aldo, Robert Krasker | Μοντ./Εd: Mario Serandrei | Μουσ./Mus: Anton Bruckner σε διασκευή/ adapted by Nino Rota | Ηθ./Cast: Alida Valli, Farley Granger, Heinz Moog, Massimo Girotti, Rina Morelli, Christian Marquand | Παρ/Prod: Titanus, S.N. Pathé Cinéma, Société Générale de Cinématographie | Διάρκεια/Dur: 123'

Venezia, spring of 1866, in the last days of the Austrian occupation. A performance of Il Trovatore ends up in confusion due to an antiAustrian demonstration, organised by Count Ussoni. His cousin Countess Serpieri, a troubled and neurotic married woman falls in love with vile Austrian Lieutenant Franz Mahler, and engages herself in a self-destructive love affair, in which she forgets her principles and decency, while betraying her country with tragic consequences.

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Il gattopardo

Iταλία, Γαλλία / Italy, France, 1963, εγχ. / col.

Σκην./Dir: Luchino Visconti | Σεν./Scr: Luchino Visconti, Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Massimo Franciosa, Enrico Mediola | Φωτ./Cin: Giuseppe Rotunno | Μοντ./Εd: Mario Serandrei | Μουσ./Mus: Nino Rota | Ηθ./ Cast: Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, Serge Reggiani, Mario Girotti, Pierre Clementi | Παρ/Prod: Titanus, S.N. Pathé Cinéma, Société Générale de Cinématographie | Διάρκεια/Dur: 186’

The Prince of Salina, Don Fabrizio Corbera, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the
tumultuous social upheavals of 1860’s Sicily. The corresponding rise to eminence of the enormously wealthy ex-peasant Don Calogero Sedara is a sign of the upcoming change. The prince himself refuses to take active steps to halt the decline of his personal fortunes or to help build a new Sicily but his nephew Tancredi, Prince of Falconeri swims with the tide and assures his own position by marrying Don Calogero’s beautiful daughter Angelica.

The film, based on the novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, was awarded with the Golden Palm at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival.

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Rocco e i suoi fratelli
Rocco and His Brothers

Iταλία, Γαλλία / Italy, France, 1960, μ/α / b&w

Σκην./ Dir: Luchino Visconti | Σεν./ Scr: Luchino Visconti, Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Massimo Franciosa, Enrico Mediola, Vasco Pratolini | Φωτ./Cin: Giuseppe Rotunno | Μοντ./Εd: Mario Serandrei | Μουσ./Mus: Nino Rota | Ηθ./ Cast: Alain Delon, Renato Salvatori, Annie Girardot, Katina Paxinou, Spiros Focás, Max Cartier, Rocco Vidolazzi | Παρ/ Prod: Titanus, Les Films Marceau | Διάρκεια/ Dur: 177’

The widow Rosaria moves from Milan to Lukania, along with her four sons, one of whom is Rocco. The fifth son, Vincenzo, already lives in Milan. In the beginning, the family has a lot of problems, but they all manage to find something to do: Simone becomes a boxer, Rocco works in a dry cleaner and dreams of becoming a boxer, Ciro is studying and Luca is too young to work. Simone meets
and falls in love with Nadia, a prostitute, and they have a stormy relationship. After completing his military service, Rocco will also start a relationship with her. The conflict between the two brothers will have devastating effects.

The film was awarded at the Venice International Film Festival with the Special Prize and the FIPRESCI Award.

Le notti bianche

Le Notti Bianche-3

Iταλία, Γαλλία / Italy, France, 1957, μ/α / b&w

Σκην./Dir: Luchino Visconti | Σεν./Scr: Luchino Visconti, Suso Cecchi D’Amico (βασισμένο στο ομώνυμο βιβλίο του Φιόντορ Ντοστογιέφσκι / based on the book of the same name by Fiodor Dostoyevsky) | Φωτ./Cin: Giuseppe Rotunno | Μοντ./Εd: Mario Serandrei | Μουσ./Mus: Nino Rota | Ηθ./Cast: Maria Schell, Marcello Mastroianni, Jean Marais, Corrado Pani, Marcella Rovena | Παρ/Prod: Film Bellissima | Διάρκεια/Dur: 107'

On a cold night, a lonely young man, Mario, meets a lonely young woman, Natalia. Mario is lonely as a newcomer to town and Natalia is lonely as she has always lived in isolation, even in the heart of the city. Her loneliness is intensified because she is in love with a man who may not ever return to her, but who continues to occupy her heart to the exclusion of any other possible relationship. On the next night, Natalia meets Mario by chance and they spend the snowing night together, dancing, chatting and drinking, and Mario falls in love with her.

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Iταλία / Italy, 1951, μ/α / b&w

Σκην./Dir: Luchino Visconti | Σεν./Scr: Luchino Visconti, Cesare Zavattini, Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Francesco Rosi | Φωτ./Cin: Piero Portalupi, Paul Ronald | Μοντ./Εd: Mario Serandrei | Μουσ./Mus: Franco Mannino | Ηθ./Cast: Anna Magnani, Walter Chiari, Tina Apicella, Gastone Renzelli, Tecla Scarano, Arturo Bragaglia | Παρ/Prod: Film Bellissima | Διάρκεια/Dur: 108’

A film director is looking for a little girl for his new movie. Maddalena, a mother from the low class desperately tries to get her daughter Maria into the movies. Along with other mothers, Maddelena takes her daughter to Cinecittà, hoping she’ll be selected and become a star. She is ready to sacrifice anything for Maria, even if her husband would prefer they save their little money for the rent, instead of paying teachers, hairdressers or bribes for her illusions.

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La terra trema

Iταλία / Italy, 1948, μ/α / b&w

Σκην./Dir: Luchino Visconti | Σεν./Scr: Luchino Visconti, Antonio Pietrangeli, βασισμένο στο βιβλίο «Malavoglia» του/based on the book «Malavoglia» by Giovanni Verga | Φωτ./Cin: Aldo Graziati | Μοντ./Εd: Mario Serandrei | Μουσ./ Mus: Willy Ferrero | Ηθ./Cast: Luchino Visconti (αφηγητής/narrator), Antonio Arcidiacono, Giuseppe Arcidiacono | Παρ/Prod: AR.TE.AS Film, Universalia Film | Διάρκεια/Dur: 160'

In a small fishing village on the east coast of Sicily, the fishermen have been exploited for generations by the greedy wholesalers. Young Ntoni Valastro convinces his family to mortgage their house in order to buy a fishing boat of their own and never work again
for the wholesalers. One stormy day, he decides to fish due to the necessity of repaying the debt to the bank. Divided into five sections: a prologue, three main phases and an epilogue, the film is a docufiction which features non-professional actors.

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Ossessione

Iταλία / Italy, 1943, μ/α / b&w

Σκην./Dir: Luchino Visconti | Σεν./Scr: Luchino Visconti, Mario Alicata, Giuseppe De Santis, Gianni Puccini (βασισμένο στο βιβλίο του James M. Cain: Ο Ταχυδρόμος Χτυπάει Πάντα Δυο Φορές / based on the book by James M. Cain: The Postman Always Rings Twice) | Φωτ./Cin: Domenico Scala, Aldo Tonti | Μοντ./ Εd: Mario Serandrei | Μουσ./Mus: Giuseppe Rosati | Ηθ./Cast: Clara Calamai, Massimo Girotti, Dhia Cristiani | Παρ/Prod: Industrie Cinematografiche Italiane (ICI) | Διάρκεια/Dur: 140’

A wandering tramp has an affair with Giovanna, the beautiful young wife of the naive old man who owns α small roadside inn. Giovanna’s husband disgusts her; every time he touches her she wants to scream. Gino leaves, only to return because he can’t get
her out of his blood. They kill her husband, but his death haunts the guilt-ridden Gino. Visconti’s first feature film, is considered by
many to be the first Italian neorealist film, though there is some debate about whether such a categorization is accurate.