7.3/10
1,494
11 user 9 critic

Sandra (1965)

Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa... (original title)
Sandra returns to her childhood village to take care of family business, but her childhood memories and secrets soon overcome her.

Director:

Luchino Visconti

Writers:

Suso Cecchi D'Amico (story and screenplay), Enrico Medioli (story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Stranger (1967)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In an atmosphere of political tension when the French still control Algiers, an Algerian is killed on the beach and a French man who has lived in Algiers all his life is arrested for the ... See full summary »

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anna Karina, Bernard Blier
Senso (1954)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A troubled and neurotic Italian Countess betrays her entire country for a self-destructive love affair with an Austrian Lieutenant.

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Farley Granger, Alida Valli, Massimo Girotti
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A reclusive, retired professor is faced with confronting modernity when a group of vulgar youths, led by an obnoxious marchesa, take up residence in his unused upper residence.

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Helmut Berger, Silvana Mangano
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

In rural Sicily, the fishermen live at the mercy of the greedy wholesalers. One family risks everything to buy their own boat and operate independently.

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Luchino Visconti, Antonio Pietrangeli, Antonio Arcidiacono
Ossessione (1943)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Gino, a drifter, begins an affair with inn-owner Giovanna as they plan to get rid of her older husband.

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Clara Calamai, Massimo Girotti, Dhia Cristiani
Beautiful (1951)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A woman from the low class desperately tries to get her daughter into the movies.

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Anna Magnani, Walter Chiari, Tina Apicella
L'Innocente (1976)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

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.

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Laura Antonelli, Jennifer O'Neill
The Damned (1969)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The dramatic collapse of a wealthy, industrialist/Junker family during the reign of the Third Reich.

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Ingrid Thulin, Helmut Griem
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A humble clerk courts a woman who night after night awaits for the return of her lover.

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Maria Schell, Marcello Mastroianni, Jean Marais
Ludwig (1973)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The reign of the tormented Ludwig, king of Bavaria, from 1864 to 1886.

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Helmut Berger, Romy Schneider, Trevor Howard
We, the Women (1953)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Five portraits of actresses in their "common" life, seen as women rather than movie stars.

Directors: Gianni Franciolini, Alfredo Guarini, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Anna Magnani, Isa Miranda
Crime | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Having recently been uprooted to Milan, Rocco and his four brothers each look for a new way in life when a prostitute comes between Rocco and his brother Simone.

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Alain Delon, Renato Salvatori, Annie Girardot
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claudia Cardinale ... Sandra Dawdson
Jean Sorel ... Gianni Wald-Luzzati
Michael Craig ... Andrew Dawdson
Renzo Ricci ... Antonio Gilardini
Fred Williams ... Pietro Formari
Amalia Troiani Amalia Troiani ... Fosca, la domestica
Marie Bell ... Corinna Gilardini, madre di Sandra e Gianni
Vittorio Manfrino Vittorio Manfrino
Giovanni Rovini Giovanni Rovini
Renato Moretti Renato Moretti
Paola Piscini Paola Piscini
Isacco Politi Isacco Politi
Edit

Storyline

Sandra comes back to Volterra, in Tuscany, the little town where she spent her childhood. She is with her American husband, Andrew. She wishes to pay homage to her father who died in Auschwitz where she was still a little child. In Volterra, Andrew meets for the first time Gianni, Sandra's brother. He soon realizes that Sandra and Gianni have a secret since their childhood. Written by Yepok

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

SANDA has a husband - SANDRA has a brother - SANDRA loves one of them much too much. (original USA poster) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | Hebrew | French | English

Release Date:

16 January 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sandra of a Thousand Delights See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Vides Cinematografica See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the first films in which Claudia Cardinale (who was born In Tunisia and whose first language was French) dubbed herself in Italian. See more »

Connections

Referenced in David Holzman's Diary (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

If You Don't Want
Written by Cassano and Lo Re
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Visconti's Family Nervous Breakdown
26 April 2014 | by cafescottSee all my reviews

***User-reviewer bennyraldak ("Forbidden desire", bennyraldak from Netherlands, 4 September 2009) sees "Sandra" as being focused on Claudia Cardinale's character's demons. Ilpo Hirvonen ("The decay of an aristocratic family", Ilpo Hirvonen from Finland, 21 September 2010) has a good general summary.***

Luchino Visconti's Sandra (1965), is a puzzling but splendorous visual treat that depicts incest, homo-eroticism, madness and collaboration with the Nazis. Its fairly slow pacing and reluctance to make obvious useful information will challenge those who spend hours a day gazing down at their QWERTY devices. However, "Sandra" is very rich and satisfying; it is flawlessly served up by the great Visconti. (I like it more than "The Leopard.")

A modernized retelling of the Greek myth Electra, an attractive, upper-class, socialite couple (Claudia Cardinale in the eponymous role, Michael Craig as her husband Andrew) return to the mansion of Sandra's youth (which she was forced to flee), to attend a small ceremony honoring her father, who was murdered by the Nazis at a concentration camp. When she is reunited with her unstable brother, Gianni (Jean Sorel), the physical connection between them is made very obvious. Their closer-than-normal relationship is never a secret to the audience, but revealing it is a big concern to Andrew and other observers, such as Sandra's barrister stepfather Gilardini (Renzo Ricci). The perpetually nervous Gilardini and Sandra's clinically insane mother (Marie Bell) may also have collaborated with the Nazis by betraying Sandra's father, creating an unusual conflict of pairs.

Shot in high-contrast Black and White, Visconti's skill at shooting his photogenic cast in tight quarters is evident. Because the English translation of the film is somewhat talky, it helps to develop the skill of quickly reading the subtitles in order to enjoy Visconti's work. It is amazing how precise and detailed the imagery is. The scenes between the anguished brother and steely sister are frequently filled with erotic tension. Visconti's trademark homo-eroticism is also present, but to a smaller degree.

One of the more interesting characters is Sandra's "first love" who is now a physician. He seems to personify not just a mixture of Sandra's husband and her brother, but also the Nazi collaborator Gilardini. At least, that's my interpretation of the final image.

Visconti's depiction of a decaying aristocratic family has great depth, and fans of the great director will not be disappointed with it.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed