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Release Date:
28 May 1961 (USA) See more »
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Based on the story by Feodor Dostoyevsky
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 »
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many worlds, one idea See more (28 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
Lanfranco 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 ... L'inquilino/Narratore (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:
102 min | Germany:97 min | Italy:107 min | USA:97 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Natalia:I don't know you. Please leave me alone.
Mario:I don't know you either. Allow me to accompany you.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Cinema Paradiso (1988)See more »
Soundtrack:
ScusamiSee more »

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
many worlds, one idea, 15 September 2007
Author: Lee Eisenberg (lee.eisenberg.pdx@gmail.com) from Portland, Oregon, USA

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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