The Innocent

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 ...
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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.
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Special Features

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

  • Release Date: 3/10/2009
  • UPC: 741952315995
  • Original Release: 1976
  • Rating:

  • Source: Koch Lorber Films
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: Italiano
  • Time: 2:07:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 23,021

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
Siria Betti
Alessandra Vazzoler
Marina Pierro
Vittorio Zarfati
Margherita Horowitz
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
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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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Innocente
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   Scene Selection
   Subtitles
      English Subtitles: On/Off
   Bonus
      Talking About Cinema: Suso Cecchi D'Amico
      Also On DVD - Ludwig
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