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Luchino Visconti's Epic Final Film [DVD Australia]
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Giancarlo Giannini ... Tullio Hermil

Laura Antonelli ... Giuliana Hermil

Jennifer O'Neill ... Teresa Raffo
Rina Morelli ... Tullio's Mother

Massimo Girotti ... Count Stefano Egano
Didier Haudepin ... Federico Hermil

Marie Dubois ... 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
Marina Pierro
Vittorio Zarfati
Alessandro Consorti
Filippo Perego
Margherita Horowitz
Riccardo Satta

Directed by
Luchino Visconti 
Writing credits
Gabriele D'Annunzio (novel)

Suso Cecchi D'Amico (screenplay) and
Enrico Medioli (screenplay) and
Luchino Visconti (screenplay)

Produced by
Giovanni Bertolucci .... producer: Rizzoli Film S.p.A.
Lucio Trentini .... line producer
Original Music by
Franco Mannino 
Cinematography by
Pasqualino De Santis 
Film Editing by
Ruggero Mastroianni 
Production Design by
Mario Garbuglia 
Set Decoration by
Carlo Gervasi 
Costume Design by
Piero Tosi 
Makeup Department
Maria Teresa Corridoni .... key hair stylist
Aldo Signoretti .... hair stylist
Production Management
Rossella Angeletti .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Albino Cocco .... first assistant director
Giorgio Treves .... second assistant director
Alessio Girotti .... assistant director (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Adolfo Bartoli .... assistant camera
Giuseppe Bernardini .... camera operator
Luigi Cecchini .... second assistant camera
Mario Cimini .... camera operator
Roberto Gengarelli .... assistant camera
Marcello Mastrogirolamo .... first assistant camera
Mauro Pezzotti .... grip
Mario Tursi .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alberto Verso .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Andrea Gargano .... final colorist
Music Department
Franco Mannino .... conductor
Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia .... music performed by (as Orchestra Stabile della Gestione Autonoma dei Concerti dell'Accademia Nazionale di S. Cecilia)
Other crew
Renata Franceschi .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Innocent" - , International (English title) (literal title)
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Italy:125 min | USA:112 min | Argentina:128 min
Color (Cosmovision)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) | UK:15 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

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 »
Giuliana Hermil:Children belong to those who raise them.See more »
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21 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Literary origins of a cinematic masterpiece, 5 October 2006
Author: msantayana from United States

I saw "L' Innocent" in the mid-eighties, at at time when I was discovering a lot of Visconti's films from his last period ("Death in Venice"--my favorite--, "The Damned," and "Conversation Piece") It made a very favorable impression then; but I do agree with the viewer who dwelt on the languid pace of the film, highlighted by the sensuous musical score. What saddens me is that not one of the viewers commenting on the film --I have little to add regarding the plot, and am trying to avoid spoilers-has remarked that it is based on a novel by Gabriele D'Annunzio (né Gaetano Raspagnetta), the most popular and yet one of the most aristocratic "fin-de-siecle" writers in turn-of-the century Italy. Visconti, the majority of whose films are based on European 19th and 20th century novels, was extremely faithful to D'Annunzio' book, down to the morbidest details. D'Annunzio was a sensual man and what was regarded in his day as a "decadent" poet and novelist. His scenarios were usually luxurious, his characters were often relentless pleasure-seekers, albeit dissatisfied in their passionate search for the ultimate fulfillment of the senses. Tullio, the character so intensely played by Giancarlo Giannini, is a would-be Nietschean "superman", beyond good and evil, as "L'Innocent'(the novel) was inspired by the Italian poet's readings of the German philosopher.

Despite the slow pace of the film, I believe "L'Innocent' to be one of its director's most characteristic achievements. The glowing beauty of its female stars (fragile, yet alluring Jennifer O'Neill and earthy Laura Antonelli)and Giancarlo Giannini's seething intensity alone make this movie a worthwhile experience for cinema lovers who favor art over technology and substance over mindless, noisy violence.

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