White Nights (Le Notti Bianche) (1961)
as Bar Proprietor
as Young Man
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Critic Reviews for White Nights (Le Notti Bianche)
A crucial turning point, the link between Visconti's early neorealist manner and the obsessive stylization of his late films.
A deliberately artificial exercise by a director who had previously specialized in neorealism.
Audience Reviews for White Nights (Le Notti Bianche)
As exquisite and heartbreaking as its literary sibling. Mastroianni is wonderful as the young loner, a dreamer looking for something tangible. After all, he, and some other few italian leading men (Sordi, Gassman, Manfredi) had that aura of tragicomic hero, common people with complex mentality and values.
I can't blame him for falling in love with such gorgeous woman as Maria Schell was. Her eyes and smile irradiate such passion and purity. I shed a tear at the end, even if I knew how it ended, like its source material, it acts as a mirror of my own sensibility and conjures up many past, good and bad, memories.
This is a nice movie about a romance which grows out of a chance meeting, but it can be boring in scenes. Overall it's pretty good, though.
if on a winter's nght a traveler...Italo Calvino's book title is the perfect caption for this movie. Dostoyevsky's short story is beautifully adapted to Italy. The stage set and framing of shots enhance this exploration of fantasy versus reality. This film also includes one of the best dance sequences I have ever seen, rivalling La Dolce Vita's dance and striptease. Ah, Marcello Mastroianni's face! ~ the perfect depiction of the disaffected. Maria Schell blooms with innocence. The film begins and ends with loneliness ~ the question remains if transformation and happiness are even possible or lasting within this vision of reality.
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