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Release Date:
28 May 1961 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A humble clerk courts a woman who night after night awaits for the return of her lover. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
8 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Beautiful fairy tale from Visconti. See more (23 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Maria Schell ... Natalia

Marcello Mastroianni ... Mario

Jean Marais ... L'inquilino
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Giorgio Albertazzi ... La voce narrante (uncredited)
Lys Assia ... La cantante (uncredited)
Romano Barbieri ... Il figlio della famiglia amica di Mario (uncredited)
Alberto Carloni ... Il locandiere (uncredited)
Dino D'Aquilio ... Un ragazzino (uncredited)
Enzo Doria ... Il marinaio che balla (uncredited)
Anna Filippini ... La figlia della famiglia amica di Mario (uncredited)
Carla Foscari ... (uncredited)
Ferdinando Gerra ... Il padre della famiglia amica di Mario (uncredited)
Giorgio Listuzzi ... La guardia di finanza (uncredited)
Leonilde Montesi ... La madre della famiglia amica di Mario (uncredited)
Sandro Moretti ... Un giovinastro (uncredited)
Mimmo Palmara ... L'uomo che gioca a carte con la prostituta (uncredited)
Winni Riva ... (uncredited)
Sandra Verani ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Luchino Visconti 
 
Writing credits
Fyodor Dostoevsky (novel "White Nights/Belye noci") (as Fedor Dostoevskij)

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

Produced by
Franco Cristaldi .... producer
 
Original Music by
Nino Rota 
 
Cinematography by
Giuseppe Rotunno 
 
Film Editing by
Mario Serandrei 
 
Production Design by
Mario Chiari 
 
Set Decoration by
Enzo Eusepi 
 
Costume Design by
Piero Tosi 
 
Makeup Department
Alberto De Rossi .... makeup artist
Renata Magnanti .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Guglielmo Colonna .... production supervisor
Pietro Notarianni .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nando Cicero .... assistant director (as Fernando Cicero)
Albino Cocco .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Mario Garbuglia .... assistant production designer
Italo Tomassi .... art department manager (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Oscar Di Santo .... sound technician
Vittorio Trentino .... sound technician
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Silvano Ippoliti .... camera operator
Paul Ronald .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Eva Latini .... assistant editor
Ruggero Mastroianni .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Franco Ferrara .... musical director
The Roland Shaw Orchestra .... music performers (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Renato Jaboni .... production secretary
Lucio Orlandini .... production secretary
Gabriele Palmieri .... script supervisor
Rinaldo Ricci .... assistant to director
Vanda Tuzzi .... script supervisor (as Wanda Tuzi)
Giorgio Albertazzi .... voice dubbing: Jean Marais (uncredited)
Dirk Sanders .... choreographer (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le notti bianche" - Italy (original title)
"White Nights" - , International (English title) (literal title)
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Runtime:
Germany:97 min | Italy:107 min | USA:97 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
"Notti bianche" in Italian translates to "sleepless nights" in English.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Thirteen WomenSee more »

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29 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful fairy tale from Visconti., 28 June 2004
Author: Ben_Cheshire from Oz

A mythic, Venice-like city is an appropriate backdrop for a film which must have greatly offended European critics at the time who had thought of Visconti as one of the pioneers of the new realism in Italian Cinema (and indeed with Ossessione and La Terra Trema, he was!). But with this film Visconti seems to have changed his idea of what he wants in a film: instead of the pursuance of realism at all costs, we have a dream-like fairy tale about fairy tales.

Mario (Marcello Mastroianni) meets Natalia (Maria Schnell) one night, and is entranced. But as they begin to talk, over a couple of nights, he falls in love with her, and realises that she is already in love with another man. Maria is obsessed with a fairy-tale man (Jean Cocteau's leading man Jean Marais), who up and left her a year ago without explanation and said he would return in a year, and if she still loved him, he would be there for her.

This film is evocative and beautiful - i'd love to see it in a clean theatrical print - especially the snow scenes at the end.

Its a very satisfying cinema experience, and one of Visconti's most beautiful films. 8/10.

Highlights: the dancing scene! Snow scenes are beautiful, but the dancing scene stands head and shoulders above the rest of the movie. Marcello is shy and introverted - he is sitting in a night club with dreamy Natalia. When couples start getting up and busting some very cool moves to Bill Haley and the Comets' Thirteen Women, Mario becomes nervous and starts talking to her about himself, talking around the fact that he's a shy person and doesn't like dancing and physical things... he likes dreaming, solitude... But when he sees how interested Natalia is by another man pulling some mean dance moves, things change. Great scene.

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