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Le Notti Bianche (1957)

Le notti bianche (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 28 May 1961 (USA)
A humble clerk courts a woman who night after night awaits for the return of her lover.

Director:

Luchino Visconti

Writers:

Fyodor Dostoevsky (novel) (as Fedor Dostoevskij), Suso Cecchi D'Amico (story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Maria Schell ... Natalia
Marcello Mastroianni ... Mario
Jean Marais ... L'inquilino
Marcella Rovena Marcella Rovena ... La padrona della pensione
Maria Zanoli Maria Zanoli ... La domestica (as Maria Zanolli)
Elena Fancera Elena Fancera ... La cassiera
Lanfranco Ceccarelli Lanfranco Ceccarelli ... Un coinvolto nella rissa (as Lanfranco Ceccarelli)
Angelo Galassi Angelo Galassi ... Un coinvolto nella rissa
Renato Terra Renato Terra ... Un coinvolto nella rissa
Corrado Pani ... Un giovinastro
Dirk Sanders Dirk Sanders ... Il ballerino (as Dick Sanders)
Clara Calamai ... La prostituta
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Storyline

A love triangle, the past invades the present. Mario, a shy man new in Livorno, chats up a crying woman on a bridge. She's Natalia, waiting for a lover gone for a year who promised to return. For three nights, Mario accompanies Natalia, assists her, distracts her, dances with her. He falls in love with her. Can he pull Natalia into his arms, away from the past and from love for a man who will probably never return? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Based on the story by Feodor Dostoyevsky

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

28 May 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le Notti Bianche See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Quotes

Mario: I told you not to trust the judgment of a man in love. You're such a little girl. Nothing I said counts, because I was thinking only of myself. I told you not to believe in fairy tales. Then I started to believe my own fantasy.
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Referenced in La rivincita di Natale (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Mulher Rendeira
Written by Lampião (Virgulino Ferreira), adapted by Zé do Norte
Appeared as soundtrack of Lima Barreto's Cannes Festival winner (1953); "O Cangaceiro", winning "special mention" for the score, in the same festival.
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Interesting plot, genius directing
16 May 2005 | by ambittenSee all my reviews

This film is very good indeed. Visconti confirms what everybody knows: he is a master! The plot is based on a Dostoievski tale, where a love triangle is explored in the minimum psychological details. Actually, it shows the impact of a powerful passion on human behavior, it tries to explore the incredible power that love has on people's behavior, mainly when passion and irresistible attraction are present. The author tries to show that we are capable of believing anything as well as having childish attitudes when we are confronted with passion. Moreover Visconti is very elegant when dealing with all the elements, combining them with great precision.

Also it is fine to see Maria Schell and Mastroianni acting.


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