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Release Date:
28 May 1961 (USA) See more »
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A humble clerk courts a woman who night after night awaits for the return of her lover. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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8 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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about as moving a romantic drama can get; one of the best Dostoyevksy adaptations you'll likely see See more (23 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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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Trivia:
"Notti bianche" in Italian translates to "sleepless nights" in English.See more »
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Featured in Cinema Paradiso (1988)See more »
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16 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
about as moving a romantic drama can get; one of the best Dostoyevksy adaptations you'll likely see, 22 April 2006
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Fyodor Dostoyevsky is a writer I've gotten into heavily recently, and I couldn't be happier to have seen Luchino Visconti's adaptation of his short story (not yet read by me) as the first. The very essential, human search for happiness with a one true love, that those who may not have much money may at least find some kind of relief from the world in each other's company, is at the heart of Dostoyevksy's stories. And while often filled with sorrow, decay, and with enough melodrama to sink a ship, this spirit is then given catharsis when the good that comes in through the dark times it's something to really cling to. Visconti has his own style already taking on Dostoyevsky's work, and I wondered going into it if the director of another great adaptation, Ossessione, could pull it off. For me, it may even be better than that film; Le Notti Bianche gives us characters who are not overly complicated or with nefarious desires. If anything, these are the kinds of characters that I wish were in movies more often, flaws and all.

Marcello Mastroianni is also, for me, a really pleasant surprise seeing him in this film. Regrettably the only films I've seen him in are the early ones he made with Fellini, where his persona is cool, detached, and he could do his ultra suave &/or depressed and unchained characters effortlessly. With the character of Mario, Mastroianni is playing just an ordinary guy, with a low paying job and nothing special going for him in life. But if nothing else he is what most women in real life would look for in men, with compassion, sensitivity, but also sensible and with some of the minor flaws of being a nice guy. With the character of Natalia, Mario meets a woman whom he falls for hard, and wants to see again after a chance encounter. Maria Schnell is perfect against Mastroianni, as she has that kind of face and look in her eye (for lack of a better comparison) of any given American melodrama, only a bit more genuine. She's basically been waiting, as she tells, for a year for the man who will whisk her away from all of her troubles. But will he? Will Mario come through on a letter? What happens through the course of an unsure night?

Visconti poises these two against a backdrop completely staged, brilliantly in fact, and shot by the great Giussepe Rotunno with the kind of visual splendor that in its own way is on par with Visconti's the Leopard. It's not filmed in the real world, and the melodrama in the film is that of a very cinematic- or maybe theatrical- nature, but because it's an ultimately believable one the atmosphere gets heightened. Topped with Nino Rota's elegant score, many a wide shot shows Mario and Natalia on their walks along the streets, and then the close-ups work just as well. Best of all is a quasi ice breaker of Visconti's by doing a dance number in a bar, adding a sweet, if dated, levity that acts as the last mark before the story turns, and turns some more. What drew me in most about Le Notti Bianchi is how Visconti makes this a story of pure emotions, but one that is not at all sappy or trashy or whatever. Like with many of Dostoyevsky's characters, even through their misguided wants and feelings and the sense of anguish that may come to them (or not), we care about them. If ever a director, who started in neo-realistic roots, took a 180 and made it just as dramatically satisfying, it's here. One of the best films of 1957.

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