FERNANDO’s CORNER – Posted October 18th, 2015
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.
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 ).
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!
The cinematography is awesome. Thanks Robert Regan, Theresa Brown and Marco Place, for bringing up “Le Notti Bianche” and recommending it to me.
The Italian Trailer:
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