Le Notti Bianche (1957)
"Le notti bianche" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  28 May 1961 (USA)
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A humble clerk courts a woman who night after night awaits for the return of her lover.



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Complete credited cast:
Marcella Rovena ...
La padrona della pensione
Maria Zanoli ...
La domestica (as Maria Zanolli)
Elena Fancera ...
La cassiera
Pietro Ceccarelli ...
Un coinvolto nella rissa (as Lanfranco Ceccarelli)
Angelo Galassi ...
Un coinvolto nella rissa
Renato Terra ...
Un coinvolto nella rissa
Corrado Pani ...
Un giovinastro
Dirk Sanders ...
Il ballerino (as Dick Sanders)
La prostituta


A love triangle, the past invades the present. Mario, a shy man new in Livorno, chats up a crying woman on a bridge. She's Natalia, waiting for a lover gone for a year who promised to return. For three nights, Mario accompanies Natalia, assists her, distracts her, dances with her. He falls in love with her. Can he pull Natalia into his arms, away from the past and from love for a man who will probably never return? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Romance


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28 May 1961 (USA)  »

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Le Notti Bianche  »

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Austrian actress Maria Schell learnt the script in Italian and spoke all her lines in Italian during the shooting, which won her the admiration of the Italian cast and crew. It was subsequently decided not to dub her voice by an Italian actress, which was the usual practice at the time. See more »


Featured in Cinema Paradiso (1988) See more »


Written by Biri (as Colombo), Walter Malgoni (as Malagodi) and Mario Perrone (as Perrone)
Orchestra conducted by M.stro Angelini
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Sad and exquisite

"The white nights" is a very fragile exquisite tale based on story of Dostoievsky. With the images extremely beautiful it tells the story of an ordinary young man Mario, who met an unusual, like from another century girl, fell in love with her and almost made her fall in love too and then lost her forever. Here two different worlds collide unambiguously - the modern, cold, indifferent stylized world and the old, more intimate and hearty one, and this collision makes many ironical and sad situations. Mastroiani plays one of his best role and looks like a real melancholic looser, Shell is eccentric, touching and gentle with her little hat and ridiculous gorgette ( dresses made by Piero Tosi seems to be the another participants of performance, so nice and expressive they are). Marais seems imperturbable like always and looks very mysteriously, a kind of fatal personage, incarnation of doom. In general film is very nice, gently and by the end tear-wringing (that's not bad indeed) and Visconti with his talent of turning usual realistic details into symbolic made this story even more beautiful then in a book.

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