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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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La padrona della pensione
Maria Zanoli ...
La domestica (as Maria Zanolli)
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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 ...
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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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In order to have misty backgrounds by night but a clear view on actors, director Luchino Visconti and director of photography Giuseppe Rotunno could not use mist filters on camera lenses. Instead they used large rolls of tulle hanging from ceiling to the ground on the sets of Cinecitta studios. Putting street lamps just behind, it worked perfectly for the desired effect. See more »

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nineteenth century love story--shot entirely on a stage no live location action
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To a naive viewer--knew nothing of Visconti--am familiar with Mastroianni and Schnell...this movie is remarkable mostly for keeping your interest up for an hour and a half with so little story and no live scenery. It is entirely shot on a smallish set that looks like a nightmare modern dystopia.

Yes the story is believable if you wind it back 100 years or more to Dostoyevsky and the set looks like a bombed out St. Petersburg crossed with a Naples slum. The Story? Unrequitted love--Schnell is a poor girl of 18 or so whose grandmother pins her to her skirt to keep track of her. A new boarder rents a room from them and pays her attention. She falls in love and after he leaves and promises to come back in 1 year she waits at a bridge every night for his return. Meanwhile Mastroianni befriends her and falls in love with her... I won't tell the ending although you know something is going to happen unexpected it is the only thing that keeps you watching.

I didn't really find anything egregious in this movie although I watch old movies for the live street scenes and the nostalgic time travel that permits...this had ZERO. The funky 50s wild sex toned dancing seems to have been a staple of the time have seen it in numerous European movies a big yawn. Every detail in this type of movie is significant the swinging door--Schnell may be open to Mastroianni's advances ad infinitum...The only thing out of place were the Coke and Esso ads...

7.7 is too much praise not needed for this.... I give it a 6 for the opera/play like scenery. Could anyone stand to watch it twice once the surprise ending that keeps you watching is known? Not me.

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