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L'Innocente (1976)

L'innocente (original title)
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.


Luchino Visconti


Gabriele D'Annunzio (novel), Suso Cecchi D'Amico (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Giancarlo Giannini ... Tullio Hermil
Laura Antonelli ... Giuliana Hermil
Rina Morelli ... Tullio's Mother
Massimo Girotti ... Count Stefano Egano
Didier Haudepin Didier Haudepin ... Federico Hermil
Marie Dubois ... The Princess
Roberta Paladini ... Miss Elviretta
Claude Mann ... The Prince
Marc Porel ... Filippo d'Arborio
Jennifer O'Neill ... Teresa Raffo
Philippe Hersent Philippe Hersent
Elvira Cortese
Siria Betti Siria Betti
Enzo Musumeci Greco Enzo Musumeci Greco ... Maestro d'armi
Alessandra Vazzoler


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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Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


Luchino Visconti had tried to secure Julie Christie's services for the Laura Antonelli part. See more »


Giuliana Hermil: Children belong to those who raise them.
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Crazy Credits

The credits are shown over the novel "L'innocente". A man's hand is turning the pages of the book. See more »


Referenced in Luchino Visconti (1999) See more »


Che farò senza Euridice
(from opera "Orfeo ed Euridice")
Music by Christoph Willibald Gluck (as Gluck)
Performed by Benedetta Pecchioli, mezzo soprano, Franco Mannino, piano
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One of the most refined films I had ever watched.
9 July 2011 | by davidtraversa-1See all my reviews

Could we qualify a movie as Ardent? I think so, at least I do when remembering this film. Maybe it's because of the smoldering story it tells, maybe because of the passionate characters temperament, maybe because of the gleaming beauty of the surroundings, the extremely luxurious interiors of upper class old noblesse, with their incredibly gorgeous 'Fin de Siecle' gowns and jewels and objects and music... What a superb film!

Jennifer O'Neil devastatingly beautiful and seductive as the self-assured, selfish, spoiled, ambitious, self-seeking lover, as much as Laura Antonelli as the opposite side of the coin but in a lower key, as the humble and insecure, betrayed, embittered, resentful wife, but also devastatingly gorgeous. And Giancarlo Giannini, holder of the most beautiful male green eyes ever shown on a close up, and adding to that his fantastically sensuous voice.

We end up watching this ultra-refined European product that only a Visconti and very few other directors (Kubrick with "Barry Lindon") could have had the exquisiteness of taste to produce.

The libretto is first rate and overwhelming in its slow development (and that makes almost unbearable the unpredictable climax) leaving us almost as devastated as its female protagonist, when she walks away while an early dawn starts defining the outline of the magnificent garden surrounding that incredibly perfect building where life had just ceased to exist.

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Release Date:

11 January 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,191, 16 February 2020

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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