• 1954
  • Italy
  • 1h 55min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Luchino Visconti
  • Written by: Carlo Alianello, Suso Cecchi d'Amico, Giorgio Bassani, Luchino Visconti, Giorgio Prosperi
  • Cast: Alida Valli, Farley Granger, Heinz Moog, Massimo Girotti, Rina Morelli, Christian Marquand, Marcella Mariani
  • Language: Italian

Venice 1866, and Alida Valli's married noblewoman compromises her work on behalf of Italian independence by falling in love with officer Granger from the invading Austrian army. Though inferior to his later Risorgimento epic 'The Leopard', this early flowering of Visconti's increasingly operatic style is beautifully mounted on a grand scale. Tennessee Williams and Paul Bowles collaborated on a heavily cut and badly dubbed version for unfortunate American audiences.

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