Le Notti Bianche ( 1957 )

FERNANDO’s CORNER – Posted October 18th,  2015

NOTTE BIANCHI - II

I saw Luchino Visconti’s Le Notti Bianche” ( White Nights ) ( 1957 ), a beautiful and ethereal story of unrequited love, based upon a Dostoyevsky short story in which Marcello Mastroianni gives one of the most sensitive and unique performances I have ever seen of him.

NOTTE BIANCHI ( MARCELLO M ) NOTTE BIANCHI ( MARIA SCHELL-II )

He plays a rather shy clerk who falls unwittingly in love with a naive young girl ( beautifully played by Maria Schell, of the sad and expressive eyes ), who in turn is madly in love ( and when I say madly it means MADLY ) with an older man ( Jean Marais ).

NOTTE BIANCHI ( MARAIS ) NOTTE BIANCHI ( CALAMAI & MASTROIANNI )

The story is simply told, but at the same time it is complex due to the human feelings involved. Clara Calamai ( of Ossessione” 1943 fame ) plays an older prostitute who pursues Mastroianni.

NOTTE BIANCHI ( LAST CHANCE )

I was mesmerized by the beauty of a minor player, a woman who appears in a scene and flirts with Mastroianni and writes “Ciao” on a window. I am sure I have seen that beautiful face before!

NOTTE BIANCHI ( SCHELL & MASTROIANNI-I ) NOTTE BIANCHI ( SCHELL & MASTROIANNI ) NOTTE BIANCHI - IV

The cinematography is awesome. Thanks Robert Regan, Theresa Brown and Marco Place, for bringing up “Le Notti Bianche” and recommending it to me.

NOTTE BIANCHI - I

The Italian Trailer:

 

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