Luchino Visconti

Luchino Visconti

Highest Rated: 100% Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa (1965)

Lowest Rated: 30% Lo Straniero (The Stranger) (1967)

Birthday: Nov 2, 1906

Birthplace: Milan, Lombardy, Italy

A director who heralded Italy's celebrated neorealist movement with his first film, Luchino Visconti was preoccupied with the moral disintegration of families. Ossessione (1942) was an Italian version of James M. Cain's The Postman Always Rings Twice about a woman who murders her husband. Bellissima (1951) examines a stage mother hell-bent on exploiting her daughter. And Rocco and His Brothers (1960) chronicles a rural family seeking a better life in the city. Visconti's segment in 1962's Boccaccio '70 was a study of casual adultery, and his last (and perhaps best) film, The Innocent (1976), illustrated the consequences of an aristocrat's having neglected his wife. The upper class and their trials were recurring subjects of Visconti's work; he came from an extremely well-to-do family, and, like many sympathizers with communism, maintained a lavish lifestyle. One of his aristocracy-oriented movies, The Leopard (1963), featured Burt Lancaster and was considered by many to be a masterpiece. (A second film with Lancaster, Conversation Piece [1975], was less successful.) Visconti worked effectively and repeatedly with Anna Magnani, Silvana Mangano Claudia Cardinale, Marcello Mastroianni, Alain Delon, Dirk Bogarde, and Helmut Berger. The director also wrote the screenplays for many of his own films, including successful adaptations of novels by both Albert Camus (The Stranger [1967]) and Thomas Mann (Death in Venice, [1971]). Visconti died in 1976.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Appunti su un fatto di cronaca Director 2013
47% And Now Ladies & Gentlemen Italian Tourist $0.6M 2003
No Score Yet Maria Callas: La Divina - A Portrait Actor 2000
77% The Innocent (L'innocente) Director Screenwriter 1979
80% Conversation Piece (Gruppo di famiglia in un interno) Director Screenwriter 1974
40% Ludwig Director Screenwriter 1973
67% Death in Venice Screenwriter Director Producer 1971
86% The Damned (La caduta degli dei) Director Screenwriter 1969
30% Lo Straniero (The Stranger) Director 1967
No Score Yet Le Streghe (The Witches) Director 1967
100% Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa Screenwriter Director 1965
98% The Leopard Director Screenwriter 1963
50% Boccaccio '70 Screenwriter Actor Director 1962
89% Rocco and His Brothers (Rocco e i suoi fratelli) Screenwriter Director 1961
88% White Nights (Le Notti Bianche) Screenwriter Director 1961
86% Senso Director Screenwriter 1954
No Score Yet We, the Women Director 1953
80% Bellissima Screenwriter Director 1951
90% La Terra trema Narrator Screenwriter Director 1948
100% Ossessione Director Screenwriter 1943


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