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Luchino Visconti



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Appunti su un fatto di cronaca
  • Director
2013
49% And Now Ladies & Gentlemen
  • Italian Tourist
2003
No Score Yet The Innocent
  • Director
1976
75% Conversation Piece (Gruppo di famiglia in un interno)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1974
No Score Yet Ludwig
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1973
76% Death in Venice
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
1971
91% The Damned (La caduta degli dei)
  • Director
1969
22% Lo Straniero (The Stranger)
  • Director
1967
No Score Yet Le Streghe (The Witches)
  • Director
1967
100% Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1965
100% The Leopard
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1963
75% Boccaccio '70
  • Director
1962
91% Rocco and His Brothers (Rocco e i suoi fratelli)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1961
100% White Nights (Le Notti Bianche)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1961
85% Senso
  • Director
1954
No Score Yet Bellissima
  • Director
1951
100% La Terra trema
  • Narrator
  • Director
1948
100% Ossessione
  • Director
1943

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