Director: Luchino Visconti
Cast: Giancarlo Giannini, Laura Antonelli, Jennifer O’Neill
Philandering turn of the century Nietzschean Superman wannabe Giancarlo Giannini (70s comic star of Lina Wertmüller hits) ironically falls back in love with neglected wife Laura Antonelli when she becomes pregnant by another man — but then becomes insanely jealous of the child. Adapting Gabriele d’Annunzio’s steamy 1892 bestseller, Visconti directed his final film from a wheelchair, following two strokes and a broken leg, but remained as painstaking as ever, spending hours getting Antonelli’s veil just so, and getting a bitingly effective performance from SUMMER OF ’42’s Jennifer O’Neill as the cast-off mistress. Screenplay by Visconti, Enrico Medioli and the legendary Suso Cecchi d’Amico.
ITALY / FRANCE 1976 129 MINS. IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Gabriele d'Annunzio’s passionate novel is brought to life in the final masterpiece from acclaimed director Luchino Visconti. In late-nineteenth century Italy, Tullio (Giancarlo Giannini), an insatiable aristocrat, grows bored with his timid wife Giuliana (Laura Antonelli) and neglects her for his...