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White Nights (Le Notti Bianche) (1961)

White Nights (Le Notti Bianche)




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Luchino Visconti directed and cowrote this stylized and poignant updating of Dostoyevsky's novel about a strange but alluring young woman and the two men who love her..more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Luchino Visconti, Suso Cecchi d'Amico
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 12, 2005
Intermondia Films


Maria Schell
as Natalia
Marcella Rovena
as Housewife
Maria Zanoli
as Housekeeper
Clara Calamai
as Prostitute
Alberto Carloni
as Bar Proprietor
Renato Terra
as Brawler
Sandro Moretti
as Young Man
Lys Assia
as Singer
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Critic Reviews for White Nights (Le Notti Bianche)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

A crucial turning point, the link between Visconti's early neorealist manner and the obsessive stylization of his late films.

Full Review… | August 28, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

My favorite Visconti film.

Full Review… | April 12, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A deliberately artificial exercise by a director who had previously specialized in neorealism.

Full Review… | August 28, 2006
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Beautifully staged romantic drama.

Full Review… | August 13, 2005
Classic Film and Television

Filmed completely inside the studio, the film recreates the foggy canal-lined streets of Livorno and the rabble-rousing social outcasts who frequent its shadows.

Full Review… | December 1, 2004

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.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


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.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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.

Stefanie C

Super Reviewer

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