Tells the intriguing story of Italian filmmaker Luchino Visconti, depicting in much detail his considerable neorealist impact on film as well as his work in theatre and opera. His personal story with many contrasts is also described; he was an aristocrat, a Communist Party member, a soldier, a homosexual, an artist. Includes clips from his most famous films and numerous interviews with the director's friends, relatives and collaborators. Written by
Peter Brandt Nielsen
Luchino Visconti, the artist with the sword. Courage should be the first word associated with his entire opus. Film. Theater. Music. Revolutions, artistic, cultural, personal. A legacy with powerful consequences and endless ramifications. He introduced the neorealism through the work of an American novelist James Cain in "Ossesione" He gave Anna Magnani the most extraordinarily beautiful close ups of her career. He gave us Alain Delon and Maria Callas. But the last word about his life and work rests on the talents of a certain Adam Low and the voice of Helmut Berger. What a terrible fate.
For those interested, there is a 61 minute documentary by director Carlo Lizzani (a man who really knew Visconti) titled LUCHINO VISCONTI A PORTRAIT. It is out on DVD distributed by Image Entertainment
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