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Innocent
     

The Innocent

Director: Luchino Visconti, Laura Antonelli, Giancarlo Giannini, Jennifer O'Neill

Cast: Luchino Visconti, Laura Antonelli, Giancarlo Giannini, Jennifer O'Neill

 
Based on a novel by Gabriele d'Annunzio, The Innocent (L'Innocente) is set amongst the aristocracy of 19th-century Italy. Wealthy Tullio (Giancarlo Giannini) thinks nothing of squiring his mistress (Jennifer O'Neill) in full view of his friends and the public. But when Giannini's cast-off wife (Laura Antonelli) begins an affair with a young novelist

Overview

Based on a novel by Gabriele d'Annunzio, The Innocent (L'Innocente) is set amongst the aristocracy of 19th-century Italy. Wealthy Tullio (Giancarlo Giannini) thinks nothing of squiring his mistress (Jennifer O'Neill) in full view of his friends and the public. But when Giannini's cast-off wife (Laura Antonelli) begins an affair with a young novelist (based, it is said, on author d'Annunzio), it is too much for the philandering aristocrat. Outside of Erich von Stroheim, few directors were as masterful at combining lavishness with depravity as Luchino Visconti. The Innocent turned out to be Visconti's last film; he died in 1976, shortly before the picture's premiere.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Wheeler Winston Dixon
Luchino Visconti's last film is haunting and sad, the final work from a major filmmaker who saw a way of life vanishing with his passing. Set in Italy in the early 1900s, The Innocent tells the story of Tullio Hermil (Giancarlo Giannini), a domineering, sexually rapacious patriarch who is married to Giuliana (Laura Antonelli), whom he mistreats on a daily basis. His mistress Teresa Raffo (Jennifer O'Neill) manipulates Tullio to her own ends, in a tragic tale of a dying aristocracy. When Tullio's wife, in desperation, turns to the arms of another for love and solace, she becomes pregnant, and Tullio is devastated. Now, he is a cuckold in the eyes of the world, when in fact, his own sexual jealousy and misogyny have brought about this sad state of affairs. Visconti's merciless mise-en-scène dissects his characters as if they were insects under a microscope; as he grew older as a director, Visconti's seemingly natural antipathy to human weakness became almost his signature style. The film is operatic, grand, and yet deeply intimate and personal, making it simultaneously one of Visconti's most accomplished and most disheartening films.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/10/2009
UPC:
0741952315995
Original Release:
1976
Rating:
NR
Source:
Koch Lorber Films
Time:
2:07:00

Special Features

Suso Cecchi d'Amico (screenwriter) interview with Carlo Lizzani

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laura Antonelli Giuliana
Giancarlo Giannini Tullio
Jennifer O'Neill Teresa Raffo
Marc Porel Writer
Massimo Girotti Count
Rina Morelli Mother
Didier Haudepin Federico Hermil
Marie Dubois The Princess
Roberta Paladini Miss Elviretta
Claude Mann The Prince
Philippe Hersent Actor
Siria Betti Actor
Alessandra Vazzoler Actor
Marina Pierro Actor
Vittorio Zarfati Actor
Margherita Horowitz Actor

Technical Credits
Luchino Visconti Director,Screenwriter
Giovanni Bertolucci Producer
Suso Cecchi D'Amico Screenwriter
Pasqualino De Santis Cinematographer
Mario Garbuglia Art Director
Franco Mannino Score Composer
Ruggero Mastroianni Editor
Enrico Medioli Screenwriter
Piero Tosi Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Innocente
1. L'Innocente [2:57]
2. Teresa [6:06]
3. Jealousy [6:14]
4. Filippo [7:42]
5. Betrayed [9:42]
6. Suspicion [9:34]
7. Surprise [12:04]
8. Pregnant [12:16]
9. The Real Crime [5:27]
10. Breaking Up [11:14]
11. E'Morto Filippo [10:00]
12. Torment [2:36]
13. Murder [5:38]
14. It's Over [8:24]
15. Love [4:49]
16. End Credits [:30]

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