White Nights (Le Notti Bianche) 1961

White Nights

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A lonely clerk (Marcello Mastroianni) attempts to win the love of a woman (Maria Schell) who still awaits the return of her long-absent suitor.

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  • Apr 04, 2013
    This is not really such a profound film; it is a love story at its heart. Yet, what tenderness the two actors and the smooth gliding camera evoke; what heartfelt, symbolic atmosphere the brilliant black-and-white cinematography conjures - with the night, half-deserted streets with the bridges and the couples kissing secretly in the background. Yes, it is a simple love story, but this story is just a arena for existential themes about love, faith and decadence to come out and dance. Dostoyevsky's shadow can be felt in this film (it is based on a story of his) yet it is transmuted into the Italian master's own sensibility. Also, the performances are tremendously sweet and warm.
    George M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2011
    I almost fainted just looking at the credits: director: Luchino Visconti; starring Marcello Masrioanni; based on the short story by, arguably, the greatest writer Dostoesvsky; cinematography courtesy of Giuseppe Rotunno; original score by Nino Rota. This should've been a masterpiece but the script is too indolent, which allows bafflingly uninspired scenes to float around on auto pilot expecting Mercello's screen presence to hold the movie together. 'White Nights' is a good movie, though, and one I am pleased to have seen. The earnest, sincere beauty of Visconti's craft moved me and the sets and mood are still lingering within. Dostoesvsky did get the royal treatment he deserved here but sadly with a flawed execution.
    Jonny B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 20, 2011
    Five reasons to watch Visconti's lightest and most tender romance movie: 1) Fyodor Dostoyevsky. 2) Nino Rota's mysterious score. 2) The most dream-like and romantic use of snow in a black-and-white feature. 4) Maria Schell's laugh. 5) Marcello Mastroianni's dance move improvisation. 95/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    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

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