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

 -  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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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)
Clara Calamai ...
La prostituta
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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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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 »

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Thirteen Women
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Performed by Bill Haley and the Comets (as Bill Haley and His Comets)
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many worlds, one idea
15 September 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Luchino Visconti's adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's classic novel fits in perfectly with post-WWII Italy. Marcello Mastroianni and Maria Schell play people from dissimilar backgrounds who meet one night in an Italian town and strike up a relationship.

An important aspect is their backgrounds. He has moved in from out of town, but has quickly gotten to know part of the town. While she has lived in the town her whole life, her grandmother has kept her close and never allowed her to see the other side of the town; she earlier struck up a relationship with another man (Jean Marais), but he left and she doesn't know whether or not he'll return. So then, Marcello Mastroianni and Maria Schell meet on the bridge (the link not only between the two sides of the town, but between the characters' different worlds).

Another representation of contrasts between the separate worlds is shown by the different types of music. In one scene, Maria Schell and her grandmother go to see "Barber of Seville", one of the all-time classic operas. In the restaurant scene, someone plays a Bill Haley song, emblematic of modern music. Luchino Visconti was no fan of rock and roll, but probably felt that it would make for an evocative scene in this case.

But anyway, "Le notti bianche" (or "White Nights") remains an important part of Italy's cinematic history. I hope to see more of Visconti's movie's in the future.


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