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The Innocent (1976)





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Based on a novel by Gabriele d'Annunzio, this film is set amongst the aristocracy of 19th-century Italy. Tullio thinks nothing of squiring his mistress in full view of the public. But when Giannini's cast-off wife begins an affair with a young novelist, it is too much for the philandering aristocrat.


Jennifer O'Neill
as Teresa Raffo
Rina Morelli
as Tullio's Mother
Didier Haudepin
as Federico Hermil
Marie Dubois
as The Princess
Roberta Paladini
as Miss Elviretta
Claude Mann
as The Prince
Marc Porel
as Filippo d'Arborio
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Critic Reviews for The Innocent

All Critics (2)

The swan song film for veteran Italian filmmaker Luchino Visconti.

April 9, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Coming after the dissolute wackiness of Ludwig and the cavorting valedictory of Conversation Piece, Luchino Visconti's swan song L'Innocente is something of a genteel and stately affair.

March 11, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Innocent


Visconti's opera out of control...Loosened strings and the damage is catastrophic.If only it were in the middle of his creative period,we would be placing it amongst gigantic films like Ludwig.An artistic exuberance nonetheless reaping the inner personalities of the protagonists.The eye-candy costume/art direction representation is a wondrous contrast to the filth of aristocracy.

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer


"L'Innocente" is a methodically plotted film whose sumptuous visuals belie the inner decay occurring amongst the aristocracy in 19th century Italy. In creating this world of endless formalities, functions and fencing, director Luchino Visconti may have succeeded too well as the story stagnates before slowly building to its unforgettable climax and finale. At the center of this world are Tullio(Giancarlo Giannini) and Giuliana(Laura Antonelli) Hermil, trapped in a loveless marriage of convenience. He is obsessed with his mistress Teresa(Jennifer O'Neill) who spurns him at a party for the company of Count Egano(Massimo Girotti).

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Life's rich tapestry ~ Visconti is THE visual master. This decadent, fin de siecle oevre is not only a farewell to the aristocracy, but to Visconti's own life. Giancarlo Giannini gives a strong, visceral performance as a Nietzchean superman, living beyond good and evil. Laura Antonelli offers a subtle and nuanced performance. This would have been a five star film had Visconti been able to complete editing before his death.

Stefanie C
Stefanie C

Super Reviewer

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