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Director:
Writers:
Luchino Visconti (story) and
Suso Cecchi D'Amico (story) ...
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Release Date:
8 July 1968 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A troubled and neurotic Italian Countess betrays her entire country for a self-destructive love affair with an Austrian Lieutenant. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
An epic romance from post war Italy. See more (18 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Alida Valli ... La contessa Livia Serpieri

Farley Granger ... Il tenente Franz Mahler
Heinz Moog ... Il conte Serpieri
Rina Morelli ... Laura, la governante
Christian Marquand ... Un ufficiale boemo

Sergio Fantoni ... Luca
Tino Bianchi ... Il capitano Meucci

Ernst Nadherny ... Il comandante della piazza di Verona
Tonio Selwart ... Il colonello Kleist
Marcella Mariani ... Clara, la prostituta

Massimo Girotti ... Il marchese Roberto Ussoni
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Franco Arcalli ... Un soldato (uncredited)
Aldo Bajocchi ... Un soldato (uncredited)
Ottone Candiani ... Un soldato (uncredited)
Nando Cicero ... Un soldato (uncredited)
Claudio Coppetti ... Un soldato (uncredited)
Cristoforo De Hartungen ... Il generale Hauptmann (uncredited)
Tony Di Mitri ... Un soldato (uncredited)
Eugenio Incisivo ... Un soldato (uncredited)
Marianne Leibl ... La moglie del generale Hauptmann (uncredited)
Jean-Pierre Mocky ... Un soldato (uncredited)
Spartaco Nale ... Un soldato (uncredited)
Ivy Nicholson ... Una patriota (uncredited)
Mimmo Palmara ... Un soldato (uncredited)
Winni Riva ... La cameriera (uncredited)
Goliarda Sapienza ... Una patriota al teatro (uncredited)
Renato Terra ... Un soldato (uncredited)
Gustl Untersulzner ... Un soldato (uncredited)
Mario Valente ... Un soldato (uncredited)

Directed by
Luchino Visconti 
 
Writing credits
Luchino Visconti (story) and
Suso Cecchi D'Amico (story)

Camillo Boito (novella)

Suso Cecchi D'Amico (screenplay) and
Luchino Visconti (screenplay)

Carlo Alianello (collaboration) and
Giorgio Bassani (collaboration) and
Giorgio Prosperi (collaboration)

Tennessee Williams (dialogue collaborator) and
Paul Bowles (dialogue collaborator)

Cinematography by
G.R. Aldo 
Robert Krasker 
 
Film Editing by
Mario Serandrei 
 
Production Design by
Ottavio Scotti 
 
Set Decoration by
Gino Brosio 
 
Costume Design by
Marcel Escoffier 
Piero Tosi 
 
Makeup Department
Alberto De Rossi .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Domenico Forges Davanzati .... production manager
Marcello Giannini .... production supervisor
Gabriele Silvestri .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Francesco Rosi .... assistant director
Aldo Trionfo .... associate director
Giancarlo Zagni .... associate director
Franco Zeffirelli .... assistant director
Jean-Pierre Mocky .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Aldo Calpini .... sound
Vittorio Trentino .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nino Cristiani .... assistant camera (as Michele Crisitiani)
Giuseppe Rotunno .... camera operator
Francesco Izzarelli .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Neil Binney .... color technician: Technicolor
John Craig .... color technician: Technicolor
Giandomenico Zeppa .... final colorist: digital restoration (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Mary Alcaide .... direction secretary
Gina Guglielmotti .... production assistant
Roberto Palaggi .... production secretary
Jean Renoir .... supervisor: French dubbed version
Enrico Maria Salerno .... voice dubbing: Farley Granger (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Wanton Contessa" - USA (TV title)
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Runtime:
Italy:118 min | USA:93 min (edited/dubbed) | Italy:123 min (director's cut)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:K-12 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (cut) | UK:PG (video rating) (1999) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18
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Trivia:
The film opens in La Fenice, the Venice opera house. La Fenice was destroyed by arson in 1996, but reopened in 2003. Enlarged frames of this movie were used as a reference in reconstructing it.See more »
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Soundtrack:
L'onda de'suoni misticiSee more »

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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
An epic romance from post war Italy., 13 July 2006
Author: Kara Dahl Russell from United States

I have rated this film 9 because of it's length, there are some ponderous moments, but otherwise it is a 10. Italian cinema was still having growing pains from the war, but this epic succeeds, and skillfully incorporates the war torn landscape into this tale of an earlier war. The music score is very big and melodramatic, but fitting. The film opens with an opera in an enormous opera house, and this is fitting for the grand scale and operatic scope of this romance and the background. This is "Gone With the Wind" - Italian style - with a much more sympathetic heroine.

I am a fan of Alida Valli and have sought out her work. Perhaps because this is in her native Italian, and/or because of her Italian director, she is a full, vital, feminine woman in this film; very different from her more restrained work in America. (Her breathtaking performance in "The Paradine Case" is a study in austerity and an almost masculine stillness.) I had hoped that we would see a more free actress in her native language, and we do! She flutters and tosses her hair, she is a Countess reveling in her earthy affair. This is a full bodied performance.

Farley Granger's performance, whether in response to Valli, or just given a really meaty bad-boy to play, is a total revelation. He is lusty and sexy, provocative, pouty and passionate. In one scene, he greets her by wordlessly grabbing her hand and almost devouring it with kisses. This is a rare film where both the woman AND the man have real powerhouse roles. The confrontation scene at the end is gripping.

A small but pivotal role is played by Marcella Mariani. Her cow-like leadenness, laced with sisterhood, bespeaks a worldliness that, paired with her ethereal youthful beauty is just wrenching. All supporting roles, especially the maids, are interesting and give a sense of intrigue throughout.

A previous reviewer mentioned that the outcome of a major plot point is cut out, which leaves you wondering... "but what happened with that?" Still, the major story is the romance, which I think will be satisfying for men as well as women, because both sides are given such full emotional life. IF YOU CAN FIND IT, it is an enjoyable, big emotion, epic wartime romance.

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