Tullio Hermil is a chauvinist aristocrat who flaunts his mistress to his wife, but when he believes she has been unfaithful he becomes enamored of her again.

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Tullio Hermil
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Giuliana Hermil
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Teresa Raffo
Rina Morelli ...
Tullio's Mother
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Count Stefano Egano
Didier Haudepin ...
Federico Hermil
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The Princess
Roberta Paladini ...
Miss Elviretta
Claude Mann ...
The Prince
Marc Porel ...
Filippo d'Arborio
Philippe Hersent
Elvira Cortese
Siria Betti
Enzo Musumeci Greco ...
Maestro d'armi
Alessandra Vazzoler
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Luchino Visconti's last film based on a novella by Gabrielle d'Annunzio is a haunting account of aristocratic chauvinism and sexual double standards in turn of the century Italy. Giannini as the psichotic husband whose lust cannot be satisfied. Antonelli as his sensitive and tormented wife and O'Neil as cunning possesive mistress. Written by Alex Asp <aspalex@netvision.net.il>

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Director Luchino Visconti intended the title roles to be played by Alain Delon and Romy Schneider. But Delon was under long-term contract, and the $1,000,000 that his producers wanted to release him was considered too much; and Schneider was pregnant at the time, so Visconti had to work with Laura Antonelli, and the little-known Giancarlo Giannini. See more »

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Teresa Raffo: I don't share a man with another woman - even if she's his wife.
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Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
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Beautiful and Sad
19 January 2005 | by (The House of Good Schlock) – See all my reviews

Luchino Visconti is one of my favorite directors. I think Death in Venice is one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen. This film begins with the credits shown over a book with its pages being turned by a hand reminding me of Jeanne Cocteau's beginning for Beauty and the Beast (1946). Tullio (Giancarlo Gianni) is an aristocrat married to Laura Antonelli but he fools around shamelessly with Jennifer O'Neil. He's a bullshit artist at high speed, but one day he gets his come-uppance. He seems not to care about Antonelli's feelings, and one day she cheats on him with a novelist/writer. She is left pregnant, and Tullio is devastated. He cannot accept the child (who all thinks is his own). Visconti's films always have a certain disdain for rich people, and here his contempt is risen to art while telling a very engaging story. Gianni's performance is powerful stuff, while Antonelli is both beautiful and sad in equal measures. Not as good as Death in Venice but excellent nonetheless.


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