The Innocent (1976)
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as Teresa Raffo
as Tullio's Mother
as Federico Hermil
as The Princess
as Miss Elviretta
as The Prince
as Filippo d'Arborio
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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.
"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).
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.
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