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(1954)

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Jean Renoir supervised the French dubbed version, which restored some scenes cut by the Italian government.
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Farley Granger had an irreparable falling-out with director Luchino Visconti towards the end of filming' he left the picture and went home to the US. Visconti handled this by using a "double" to stand in for Granger's character in the final sequences--the double was told to keep his hands in front of his face the whole time, and then was dispatched with his face to the wall. This anecdote is recounted by Francesco Maselli in his fascinating film of personal recollection, Frammenti di Novecento (2005).
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.
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Luchino Visconti originally wanted the film to star Marlon Brando Ingrid Bergman.
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Luchino Visconti insisted on fresh-cut flowers be put in every set each morning, regardless of whether there was any filming going to be done in the set or not that day.
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Cinematographer G.R. Aldo died during production and was replaced by Robert Krasker.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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Film debut of Mimmo Palmara.
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Marlon Brando actually flew to Rome to test for Luchino Visconti but the producers weren't convinced that Brando was worth the money involved, and persuaded Visconti to hire Farley Granger instead.
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The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.
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