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White Nights (Le Notti Bianche)1961

White Nights (Le Notti Bianche) (1961)




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Luchino Visconti directed and cowrote this stylized and poignant updating of Dostoyevsky's novel about a strange but alluring young woman and the two men who love her..


Maria Schell
as Natalia
Marcella Rovena
as Housewife
Maria Zanoli
as Housekeeper
Clara Calamai
as Prostitute
Alberto Carloni
as Bar Proprietor
Renato Terra
as Brawler
Pietro Ceccarelli
as Un coinvolto nella rissa #1
Sandro Moretti
as Young Man
Lys Assia
as Singer
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Critic Reviews for White Nights (Le Notti Bianche)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

A crucial turning point, the link between Visconti's early neorealist manner and the obsessive stylization of his late films.

August 28, 2006 | Full Review…

The whole film, is a triumph of naturalism so unforced that we go out wondering what happened next, how the pair would weather the two years of waiting, and so on and so on.

July 12, 2018 | Full Review…

My favorite Visconti film.

April 12, 2013 | Rating: A | Full Review…

A deliberately artificial exercise by a director who had previously specialized in neorealism.

August 28, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Beautifully staged romantic drama.

August 13, 2005 | Full Review…

Filmed completely inside the studio, the film recreates the foggy canal-lined streets of Livorno and the rabble-rousing social outcasts who frequent its shadows.

December 1, 2004 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for White Nights (Le Notti Bianche)

As exquisite and heartbreaking as its literary sibling. Mastroianni is wonderful as the young loner, a dreamer looking for something tangible. After all, he, and some other few italian leading men (Sordi, Gassman, Manfredi) had that aura of tragicomic hero, common people with complex mentality and values. I can't blame him for falling in love with such gorgeous woman as Maria Schell was. Her eyes and smile irradiate such passion and purity. I shed a tear at the end, even if I knew how it ended, like its source material, it acts as a mirror of my own sensibility and conjures up many past, good and bad, memories.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


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
Aj V

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]In "Le Notti Bianche", Mario(Marcello Mastroianni) has only been living in the city for the past couple of weeks. After spending the day in the country with his supervisor's family, he comes across a young woman, Natalia(Maria Schell), waiting on a bridge. He pursues her and elicits the promise that they meet the following night at the same place but she does not show. Eventually, they do find each other again and she explains her behavior, starting out with how she is part of a family of rug repairers; her grandmother keeping her close at her side with a safety pin and the mysterious tenant(Jean Marais), she has formed an attachment to.[/font] [font=Century Gothic]Based on a story by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "Le Notti Bianche" does not make a successful transition to a 20th century setting because despite the updating of the material, the characters still act in a very old fashioned manner. Still, it is a respectable experiment about lonely people with a very fun scene set in a juke joint.[/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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